The North Wales Prison is set to be the largest prison in the UK and the second largest in Europe. Based on Wrexham Industrial Estate, the ‘super-prison’ which it has also been known as, has replaced the former Firestone factory with a £250 million contract that is well underway.
The prison has been designed to hold just over 2,000 inmates and is said to be creating 760 jobs within the prison, generating £23 million a year for the local economy. Jennings Civil Engineering in North Wales is involved in the project, including a number of their Apprentices such as Dean Kinsella.
He spoke of his involvement stating, “Becoming an apprentice is great. It gives me a chance to get my own place, a car
and a life really. You can’t do anything without a job and I’m trying to make myself into a better man.”
This prison is expected to be opening in 2017 and the work in progress is already off to a great start. The 2.5km perimeter fence has been erected and the structures for the visitor reception centre and the energy centre have been built.
This is a great project to be involved in and the North Wales Ambition Board is bringing the public and private sector groups together, amongst various colleges and universities. This is to ensure the Welsh economy benefits as much as it possibly can from the construction of the new prison.
The prison has a strong team of construction companies in the North West who are helping out with the build, but Jennings Civil Engineering in North Wales has also been involved in many other projects throughout 2015 so far.