Following a competitive tender process, Mitton Group has been awarded a contract worth an estimated £4.5M for mechanical services at the new £253M ‘mega prison’ currently under construction on the site of the former HMP Wellingborough in Northamptonshire.
This new facility is a Category C prison designed to house up to 1,680 prisoners. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2021, it is hailed as a major constituent part of the new Government strategy to create a more modern and efficient prison estate designed to match the challenges of the future.
The prison has been designed and built by Kier. Mitton Group’s role is to install mechanical and public health services in a total of seven house blocks, including sanitaryware fit out for individual cells. The contract also calls for the installation of radiant panels to the CSU (Care & Separation Unit), connecting up free issue plant rooms and installing and commissioning modular pipework systems across the site.
“Mitton Group is one of the few mechanical services specialists in the UK with the necessary skills and manpower to carry out projects of this scale,” stated director Jonny Knowles. “This is a significant project where we have been able to draw together expertise from our teams across the UK for a different type of challenge, creating high quality, robust facilities within tight time schedules. Our engineers have considerable experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams and in cooperation with other trades, and the project highlights Mitton Group’s profile working with some of the UK’s leading blue chip organisations.”Jonny Knowles, Director
Work has already begun on site and will be completed well before the proposed opening date in March 2021.