Skanska’s custodial construction expertise secures £52 million project – its second prison award this year

Press release 28/05/2008 00:00 CET

Skanska has today been awarded a £52 million project by Serco, for the design and construction of a 260-cell extension across two houseblocks at HMP Lowdham Grange - the Category B training prison in Nottinghamshire.

This is the second prison extension contract awarded to Skanska this year, following the award of an extension to HMP Dovegate in January.

This latest award marks the return to HMP Lowdham Grange for Skanska who were responsible for the design and construction of the original 500-place prison between 1995 and 1997, as well as a 128-place extension, completed in 2007.

Skanska will also undertake the construction of a 2,900 square metre, two-storey activities, education and vocational training building, as well as the expansion and refurbishment of existing buildings and external areas to provide increased services within the existing perimeter.

In addition to the design and construction of the new facility, Skanska is undertaking the structural and civil design and the mechanical and electrical management and installation for the new buildings.

Skanska’s professional team for this project includes Capita – lead architects, HBS – Mechanical and Electrical Consultants and Watermans - CDM Co-ordination.

Construction will begin in July 2008 with completion of the main works in early 2010 and the total completion of the scheme set for summer 2010.

Commenting on the award, David Tydeman, Executive Vice President of Skanska UK said, “Today’s announcement is great news. The award of this contract at HMP Lowdham Grange and the award of HMP Dovegate earlier this year reinforce Skanska’s commitment to the custodial sector.

“Our experience in developing custodial facilities spans over a decade and is a key part of our overall strategy of being a leading contractor in the construction of essential social and community infrastructure in the UK.”