£286m HMP Fosse Way build creates 500 industry jobs


Mace has delivered a new Category C prison in Leicestershire for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). 

HMP Fosse Way
HMP Fosse Way. Credit: Mace.

The firm was the MoJ’s delivery partner for the new HMP Fosse Way, which replaces the former HMP Glen Parva. 

The £286 million facility can accommodate more than 1,700 inmates, following planning permission in December to construct and additional block to house 250 more prisoners. 

It is part of the MoJ’s pledge to create 20,000 prison places under its New Prisons Programme. 

Lendlease was appointed to build the prison in August 2020. 

Building Information Modelling (BIM) underpinned all aspects of the construction programme, while Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) sped delivery. 

Offsite manufacturing saw 12,701 pre-cast panels made, 1,764 underfloor heating mats built into floor panels, and 231 prefabricated four-storey structures installed. 

HMP Fosse Way’s design follows the blueprint of HMP Five Wells, delivered in 2022. However, an additional 86 informal meeting rooms were also created. 

Energy saving technologies such as air source heat pumps and electric vehicle (EV) charging points were also used. 

The project saw 500 construction jobs created, of which about 70 were former prisoners.  

Sixty-eight per cent of local spend on the scheme was within 50 miles of the site. 

“Building and mobilising a prison in the context of the challenges in the construction industry over the last few years, and with the driver of the significant capacity pressures in prison estate, is no easy task,” said James Smith, programme director for new prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). 

Jason Millett, CEO for Consult at Mace, added: “The delivery of HMP Fosse Way is a shining example of how modern methods of construction and smart, repeatable design can deliver major complex programmes and pace.” 

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