History inspires design of new Highland prison

BakerHicks has announced the completion of its part in the submission of the Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) application to build the first prison in the Scottish Highlands for more than a century.

The multi-discipline design and engineering company has worked with Colliers to develop the drawings and documents for the submission for the new £70 million HMP Highland.

The firm said the design includes a central roundhouse as a focal point for the site and the prison is shaped like a “flowing river” to reflect the heritage of Inverness.

BakerHicks was awarded the concept design contract through the Scottish Prison Service framework on a multi-discipline basis, covering architectural, civil & structural, mechanical & electrical and principal designer services. The company teamed up with TGP Landscape Architects for the landscape design.

A spokesperson for BakerHicks said, “Our approach has ensured emphasis is placed on the quality of the architecture and landscape of the new facility to create an ambience and stakeholder experience very different to that of the current HMP Inverness.

“It is also about ensuring that the design works well with the operational requirements of the prison. We took inspiration from the history and surroundings to root the proposals within the site and context.”