Kier will provide preliminary works services on the new HMP Glasgow

The current HMP Barlinnie (Image: Google Street View)

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has awarded Kier the Pre-Construction Services contract to deliver HMP Glasgow, the new prison set to replace the Victorian-era HMP Barlinnie in 2026.

HMP Glasgow will be a modern facility built on a 54 acre site in Provanmill. SPS anticipates that it will be designed to ensure safety and security through the use of technology and design innovation in a manner that promotes positive outcomes for those in SPS’ care and the well- be of the wider community, while operating in a fully sustainable manner throughout its life cycle.

Kier and its supply chain will now begin work on the pre-construction phase, working closely with SPS as part of a strategic alliance and combining its National Guard experience with its Glasgow-based regional delivery team. , in order to provide the best possible design for this state. -new state-of-the-art building.

In his role as a project integrator employing a design for fabrication and assembly (DfMA) approach, Kier will explore options for delivering a net-zero carbon facility that also functions as a “smart building,” utilizing processes and automated technology to support the operation of the new prison, for example through automated movement of prisoners. HMP Glasgow will be delivered using modern construction methods supported by the use of digital technology to further support decarbonisation targets during construction and an efficient delivery programme.

Teresa Medhurst, Managing Director of SPS, said: “We are delighted to award the pre-construction services contract to Kier Construction, which represents a significant step forward in the delivery of the new HMP Glasgow. The investment we have received from the Scottish Government means we can continue to develop a prison system fit for the 21st century.

“This significant capital project provides SPS with the opportunity to work with Kier Construction, using a strategic alliance approach to create a unique team ethic to ensure operational, architectural and construction expertise is blended to create an innovative and sustainable facility whilst promoting the prison’s strategic intent to deliver across all areas of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes.

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