Kier awarded HMP Glasgow pre-construction services contract

THE Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has awarded Kier the pre-construction services contract to deliver HMP Glasgow, which will replace HMP Barlinnie in 2026.

Plans show that the prison will be a modern facility built on a 54-acre site in Provanmill. It will be designed to delivery safety and security through the use of technology and design innovation in a way which supports positive outcomes for inmates.

In its role as project integrator, Kier will explore options for delivering a net zero carbon facility which also operates as a smart building, using automated processes and technology to support the operation of the new prison – for example through automated prisoner movement.

SPS said HMP Glasgow will be delivered using modern methods of construction underpinned by the use of digital technology to further support decarbonisation goals during construction and an efficient delivery programme.

Kier added that it will also support SPS’s ambitions for delivering social value through contributing to improved leaver experience for those in SPS care gained through its Making Ground programme and supporting local spend and upskilling.

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

“This significant capital project offers SPS the opportunity to work with Kier Construction, utilising a strategic alliance approach to create a single team ethic to ensure that operational, architectural and construction expertise is blended to create a facility that is innovative and sustainable whilst promoting the strategic intent of the prison to deliver in all areas of the Scottish Government’s national outcomes.”

Liam Cummins, group managing director at Kier Construction, added, “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver HMP Glasgow, further strengthening our relationship with the Scottish Prison Service. This important project is an opportunity to deploy our extensive custodial experience combining engineering excellence, modern methods of delivery and our strong operational capability in Scotland developed over more than 30 years.

“We look forward to getting started on this first phase of work with the Scottish Prison Service and bringing their vision to life.”

The construction team for the project is as follows:

  • Kier – main contractor
  • Holmes Miller – architect
  • Curtins – civils and structures
  • Pick Everard – architect
  • Arup – mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Medical Architecture – health planning and stakeholder engagement
  • FES Ltd – MEP subcontractor
  • PCE Ltd – precast concrete install and supply
  • Careys Ltd – groundworks and civil engineering