Skanska to embark on £34m prison extension deal


Skanska to embark on £34m prison extension deal

The deal involves a construction of an extension to the existing prison buildings, which were completed by Skanska under a PFI deal in 2012. It is estimated that the project will produce 332 more prisoner places.


Works on the new four-storey L-shaped house block and a two-storey block where the prisoners will carry out work duties will start in January 2014. The expansion of the prison perimeter to accommodate the new buildings and construction of the new buildings require the destruction of existing works departments for neighbouring Belmarsh men’s prison.


To ensure the successful delivery of new facilities, which are to be finished by August 2015, the One Skanska project team will use expertise from building - central and regions, SRW, Cementation and Clark and Fenn.


Terry Elphick, managing director at Skanska, said: "We used our expertise and knowledge to deliver a first-class custodial building in 2012. Winning the contract to expand these facilities endorses the high-quality work by the team on the original project, the top environmental standards they achieved and the good working relationship with the client."


The main living unit, which is made up of a four-storey structure with a number of environmental features such as a waste vegetable oil biofuel boiler, on-site food composting and water-efficient toilets, was the first prison building to achieve a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating. The rest of nine buildings achieved BREEAM 'Excellent'.


The efficient use of water and energy, utilisation of environmentally friendly materials and the goal of achieving zero waste are the evidence that the extension is also designed to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent'.


The current HMP Thameside site consists of 10 prison buildings including a sports hall, reception, kitchen, vocational training workshops and a health and education unit.


Photo:HMP Thameside