Kier gives members a preview of government’s flagship prison project
The 11.5ha site will provide 1,680 prisoner places in 2021
Kier took CIOB members on a tour of the new prison in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire recently.
The prison, a flagship project for the Ministry of Justice, is a design template for extensive government investment into custodial facilities nationwide.
Kier demolished the former prison in 2018/2019, and began work on a £250m new build in summer 2019.
To deliver the Ministry of Justice’s requirements, the company has utilised the benefits of offsite construction and advanced digital technologies.
Members had the opportunity to visit the 11.5ha site, which will provide 1,680 prisoner places in 2021. Its 13 main buildings were at different stages of construction, providing an opportunity to witness the logistics and scale of the operation.
Kier’s head of bid management, Rebecca Wade, also delivered a talk on Kier’s journey with the prison and the application of digital tools and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) on the flagship scheme.