UK-based architecture firm Pick Everard has completed a £150m prison complex, HMP Oakwood, in South Staffordshire, UK.
The prison complex, now named HMP Oakwood, has been built on a 50-acre site and contains 17 buildings, including a healthcare unit, a first night unit, a visits building, a sports centre, a training centre and a kitchen, as well as other support buildings.
HMP Oakwood has three 480-place house blocks for prisoners, which have been built with manufactured structural concrete sandwich panels provided by manufactures in Lincolnshire and Taunton.
The project incorporated the latest standards in custodial security protection for building the concrete panels, windows and cell doors, according to Pick Everard.
Pick Everard partner David Nisbet said: "The partnering approach of the Ministry of Justice endorsed the development of strong, focused-design strategies, and by incorporating innovative management and constructional delivery, has resulted in a very operationally efficient prison with a modern custodial aesthetic."
Construction on the complex started in October 2009 after Pick Everard and Kier Build won the contract in July 2009 from the UK Ministry of Justice to design and build the facility.
The design increases natural light into the complex as well as controlling acoustics, while under floor heating pipes increase the floor area of the cells and eliminate vulnerable installations.
The prison is expected to be fully operational by October 2012; it will be able to accommodate 1,605 category C prisoners at normal occupancy.
Image: The prison complex contains 17 buildings including a healthcare unit, a first night unit, a visits building, a sports centre, a training centre and a kitchen. Photo: Pick Everard