Press release 27/09/1999 00:00 CET

Kvaerner Construction has secured its fifth PFI prison in a contract signed on Friday (24th September 1999) to design, construct and equip an 800-place prison in Moreton, East Staffordshire, worth £69 million.

This is the first contracted prison in Britain to include both a category B prison and a separate specifically designed therapeutic community. The 600-place category B adult training prison will have workshops and training centres, while the therapeutic community will be built as a separate rehabilitation unit and will have 200 inmates.

A sports hall, hospital and state-of-the-art security systems will be shared by both sections of the prison which has been sympathetically designed and landscaped to minimise its visual impact on the local community. Work is due to start on site in October and the first prisoners are expected in July 2001.

Kvaerner Construction signed the contract with Premier Prison Services which will manage the prison on behalf of the Home Office.

Delivery of a fast-track programme and affordable costs at Moreton has been made possible by Kvaerner Construction’s ongoing development of design and construction techniques that has resulted in benchmarks being set and improved on earlier schemes.

In April a 500-cell prison in Kilmarnock was completed in just 16-and-a-half months, beating the benchmark the company set on its first prison at Lowdham Grange in Nottingham. The Secure Training Centre at Medomsley, completed in just 41 weeks, is now operational and a young offenders institute being built by Kvaerner Construction at Pucklechurch near Bristol is also due for early completion in the next few weeks.

Kvaerner Construction is continuing with its proven partnerships and its sister companies, Kvaerner Technology and Kvaerner Rashleigh Weatherfoil, are providing structural and civil engineering support and mechanical and electrical installations respectively. The architect is the Capita Property Services and the pre-cast structures are being provided by Buchans.


For further information contact:Cheryl Eaton, PR Manager - 01923 423 030Kris Birkett, Press Officer - 01923 423 833