SG has been awarded a two-part, £1.5 million contract by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to create an innovative rehabilitation and training facility, and additional inmate accommodation at Styal Prison in Greater Manchester. The project represents ISG’s latest win as part of the MoJ’s Strategic Alliance Framework.
The first element of the scheme sees ISG convert and upgrade a former chapel building, which will become ‘The Clink’ – the fourth restaurant of its type to open at HMP establishments across the UK. The Clink will serve food to the public, prepared and cooked by prison inmates. The building remains part of the MoJ estate and will be fitted out and operated by The Clink Charity, which aims to reduce re-offending rates by training prisoners and placing them in hospitality sector jobs following their release.
The fast-track 18-week programme also includes the conversion of an existing building, currently used as staff offices, a locker room and meeting space, into the new Bollinwood Accommodation for 24 Category D inmates. The two-storey building will be remodelled to create bedroom accommodation, along with a prisoner lounge, kitchen facilities, treatment rooms, staff offices and bathroom facilities. ISG will install new modular accommodation at the prison to replace the staff facilities that are being converted.
Phil Brown, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction business, commented:
“This innovative project highlights the ongoing success of the MoJ’s capital works and maintenance framework, which has seen ISG deliver the purpose-built Coroner’s Court facility for the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington earlier this year. The Clink is a forward thinking initiative by the MoJ and represents a progressive approach to rehabilitating offenders – providing them with the training, confidence and practical skills that they need to rebuild their lives following release.”