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Part of new prison is handed over 10 September 2007

The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce the early handover of part of the new prison at Jurby.

Agreement was reached on August 28 that the Works Department Building, situated on the north side of the main prison block, was sufficiently complete to allow early possession by the Isle of Man Prison Service. The construction cost for this building was around £1million and includes office space, storage areas and a training suite. It will be the base for six prison staff and contractors working on the prison site along with prisoners who are employed under Works Department supervision on maintenance duties.

WORKS DEPT Sept 07Its early handover has been achieved by close collaboration with the main contractor O’Hare & McGovern, the sub-contractors, design team, and client representative. The client’s project sponsor and team are now in the process of fitting out the Works Department Building, which will provide the prison service with a secure on-site base to carry out and manage the tasks which are necessary post-handover to turn the main prison building site into an operational prison.

Commissioning activities to be undertaken by the Works Department post-handover will include the fitting of high security locks throughout the prison, delivery of furniture and equipment, and staff training.

DHA Member with responsibility for the new prison development George Waft MLC commented:

‘The early possession of the Works Department Building will enable prison service staff to operate within the new prison during the transition period from a construction project into a secure prison establishment. This phase of the project will require regular dialogue and careful management between all parties to ensure that the security of the new prison is not compromised and that all necessary activities are performed effectively and efficiently.
‘The early possession also marks the beginning of the end of the construction phase of the new prison project, which is due for completion and handover to the Department later this year.’

Head of Works and Project Sponsor, Barry Clark has been client representative at the new prison since construction started in August 2005. He said:

‘The prison service has had an on-site presence during the main part of the construction, and these staff now have a secure facility from which to monitor the final phases of the construction as the project moves through to its commissioning phase. The Department will also take on elements of the final fit-out of the main prison, and again the Works Department Building will be used for the manufacture and co-ordination of many of these items in readiness for installation following handover.’

The new prison is currently the Isle of Man Government’s largest capital project, being built at a cost of £41.7million. It is scheduled to become operational early in 2008. It has a maximum of 138 cells compared with 92 places at Victoria Road (including 11 female places). The new prison will be able to offer better rehabilitative and educational regimes for prisoners.

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