Bid race starts for £75M Inverclyde women’s prison

The site of St Columba's High School, demolished to make way for the new prison.
The site of St Columba's High School, demolished to make way for the new prison.

The Scottish Prison Service has invited bids from contractors to design and build a new £75M women’s prison at Greenock near Glasgow.

 

HMP&YOI Inverclyde prison will house 350 prisoner cells solely for female offenders, with associated activity facilities, visits facilities, staff facilities and adminstration facilities also part of the project.

 

The Scottish Prison Service says a shortlist of five firms will be invited to bid for the package of work, with the invitation to tender expected to be issued to the selected contractors in early January. The prison has been planned for some time but has been beset by delay. It is now planned to open in 2017.

 

This new development will replace Scotland’s only female prison, Cornton Vale near Stirling, and will contain high risk and long term female inmates from across the country.

 

Cornton Vale had been criticised by inspectors because of ageing facilities and overcrowding. In 2011 the Scottish Government’s Commission on Women Offenders concluded that it was “not fit for purpose” and should be replaced with a smaller national centre and community prisons.

 

The site of the new Inverclyde Prison in Inverkip Road, Greenock was formerly home to St Columba’s High School which has already been demolished. This was originally planned as a replacement for Gateside Prison, also in Greenock, but Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the alternative use was part of a major shake up in the way female prisoners are treated.

 

The design and build contract for the new prison is being advertised through the OJEU.

 

Photo copyright Thomas Nugent and Licenced for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

New Barhale / Doosan JV secures double award

New Barhale / Doosan JV secures double award

The joint venture, which brings together two of the UK’s leading water sector specialist contractors, will undertake infrastructure and non-infrastructure capital projects through the framework including, in the case of Lot 2, civils-led and, under Lot 3, MEICA-led work. Severn Trent, which

Thames Water gets ready to tender £2.6bn AMP7 construction work contracts

Thames Water gets ready to tender £2.6bn AMP7 construction work contracts

Thames' draft AMP7 plan includes a number of complex projects, significant programmes and anticipates a potential increased volume in maintenance activity in response to changing customer and stakeholder needs, population growth and a changing environment. Thames has set out details of the proposed

MWH Treatment wins Severn Trent AMP7 framework contracts

MWH Treatment wins Severn Trent AMP7 framework contracts

We are pleased to hear that our client water sector specialist MWH Treatment has been awarded a place on Severn Trent’s AMP7. The agreement extends an existing 20-year relationship and MWH Treatment (MWHT) will develop and deliver a share of the £2 billion capital works programme,

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.