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Kier secures PS253m contract to build Northamptonshire prison for MOJ.

Byline: ALEX DANIEL @alexmdaniel

CONSTRUCTION outsourcer Kier has been tasked with building a Northamptonshire prison that will house more than 1,500 inmates, in a PS253m contract award.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the new facility in Wellingborough will be on the same site as a former prison there which closed in 2012.

Kier said it would start work on the prison this month, ahead of a 2021 completion date.

The facility will have seven blocks, accommodating 1,680 resettlement people, with "modern facilities to encourage rehabilitation among men".

It will feature windows with no bars as part of an MoJ pledge to build "an environment conducive to rehabilitation".

Former prisons minister Rory Stewart said the project was part of a plan to build up to 10,000 "modern and decent" prison places to replace old accommodation.

Kier major projects director Mark Pengelly said the firm would treat the project as an opportunity to invest into the local community, as part of a bid to "provide a lasting legacy for the people of Wellingborough".

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The prison will cost roughly PS253m to build

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Publication:City AM (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2019
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