Wates bags £85m college contract


Wates bags £85m college contract

Wates was selected as a main contractor in a competition commissioned by the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Alliance Agreement Framework.


The firm has won the competition with its rivals Lend Lease and Interserve to land the deal.


The new college will hold up to 320 young offenders between the ages of 12 and 17, and is designed to pilot a network of secure colleges across England and Wales.


It will provide strong discipline while focusing on rehabilitation and education.


Construction works at the site are expected to begin next year with the opening scheduled in 2017.


According to Wates, three-quarters of subcontract work will go to local suppliers within 50 miles of the site.


Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “The development of a secure college is a pioneering approach to tackling the reoffending rates of young people, putting education at the heart of custody.


“This project will bring major benefits to the economy and indeed to the local community in the long-term.”


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