The scheme involves construction of a 48,000 sq ft unit for light industrial use, providing activity and skills training for up to 500 prisoners. The project was procured via a mini-competition through the Ministry of Justice’s strategic alliance framework.
Oakwood is one of the largest prisons in the UK, with 1,605 category C male prisoners. It shares a site with HMP Featherstone and the Brinsford young offender institution near Wolverhampton.
The new steel-frame building will have pre-cast concrete walls and a composite panel metal roof structure. The use of high-performance building materials and linking into an existing low carbon energy centre on site will enable the new structure to achieve a BREEAM Excellent environmental rating. The unit has been designed to provide flexible space, so that accommodation can be subdivided and reconfigured for other uses in the future.
ISG is already working at the adjacent HMYOI Brinsford facility, upgrading infrastructure.
ISG’s regional managing director Danny Murray said: “With a culture of collaboration, continuous improvement and early contractor involvement, the Ministry of Justice’s strategic alliance framework continues to prove highly efficient at delivering complex and challenging construction projects in secure environments.”
HMP Oakwood is ISG’s 25th project secured via the MoJ framework, with previous schemes including the Coroner’s Court facility for the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington, upgrade work at HMP Leeds, HMP Wakefield and HMYOI Wetherby.