HMP Berwyn.

Wrexham County Borough, Wales, UK

Ian Cowley, Partner at Hoare Lea

Project Lead:
Ian Cowley

Safe, secure, and sustainable.

The award-winning HM Prison Berwyn facility in North Wales is the largest prison in the UK. Three accommodation blocks each house Category C – and a small percentage of Category B – prisoners.

The buildings on the site incorporate 13 workshops, an education block, care and support unit, kitchen, multi-faith centre, wellbeing centre, pharmacy, gym, sports hall complete with floodlit football pitch, re-settlement facilities, visits complex, and administrative facilities.

In safe hands.

Thanks to an in-depth understanding of how prisons work, we were best placed to take on the challenge of designing building services for the UK’s largest ever facility under the timescales proposed. Our experience proved even more valuable when we learnt the build was taking place prior to the prison operator being agreed.

Offsite to inside.

Our approach to this challenge was to develop and agree a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solution at the earliest opportunity. This meant we could to enable off-site fabrication and manufacture of the cells and cell risers. Our understanding of the challenges associated with delivering safe yet secure facilities suited to rehabilitation meant we took away the risk that usually arises from tight timescales and not having an operator in place.

But it wasn’t just about risk mitigation. Through close collaboration with the wider project delivery team we were able to provide innovative designs that took on the tough building environmental standards the client was aiming for and achieved an impressive EPC A rating, alongside BREEAM Excellent.

Key Figures
120 Acre site
2,106 Prisoners
>30% Annual carbon reduction