Skanska scoops more Scottish prison work

Press release 26/09/2003 00:00 CET

Skanska has been awarded two further contracts under its framework agreement with the Scottish Prison Service. The total cost of the project is some £50 million

The latest awards, for new houseblocks at Edinburgh and Glenochil prisons, follow the completion of a new houseblock at Edinburgh earlier this year.

They continue a working relationship between Skanska and the Scottish Prison Service that started two years ago with construction of the first houseblock at Polmont Young Offenders’ Institution.

The new projects, together will provide approx. 660 fit for purpose prisoner places. They mark the latest phase of a major programme involving record levels of investment to create prison accommodation in Scotland fit for 21st Century.

Work on the new houseblocks is expected to start next month, for completion in 2005. They will feature integrated healthcare, education and recreation facilities, designed for maximum efficiency and low running costs.

Skanska director Willie Smillie said working in a “live” prison environment had enabled Skanska to build on experience, passing on knowledge to each successive job to achieve continuous improvement. “We are turning our growing knowledge of the client’s business into tangible benefits.

Delivery timetables are also being stepped up through fitting out cells using factory production methods offsite. This not only speeds erection and reduces weather dependence onsite, but also improves the end result.