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Successful handover of new prison 30 January 2008

THE Department of Home Affairs took over responsibility for operating the new prison at Jurby at 3pm on Tuesday (January 29).

Minister receives the prison keys from Colin Wilson Jan08Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK received a symbolic key to the prison from Colin Wilson, Contracts Manager with main contractor O’Hare and McGovern. The handover was witnessed by Department Members George Waft MLC and Tim Crookall MHK along with the DHA’s Director of Finance Paula Primrose, Project Sponsor Barry Clark and many of those involved in the project’s Design Team and contracting staff.

Practical Completion of contract works was certified by the architect Niall McGarrigle, of McGarrigle and Jackson, on Friday (January 25). For practical and operational reasons the main contractor, O’Hare and McGovern, retained responsibility for the premises until 3pm on Tuesday 29, when Prison Service Officers assumed full control of all movements into and out of the new prison.

Mr Quayle said:

‘We have reached the point whereby the fitting of individual door and gate lock mechanisms and the integration of specialist security installations is progressing. The tuition and familiarisation of Prison Officers with the various systems and their new operational requirements is also proceeding.
‘Efforts are focused on commissioning this major new facility for the Isle of Man and the co-ordinated transfer of the prison population as soon as is practicable.’

prison handover Jan08Removal of the temporary site accommodation and reinstatement of the areas outside the perimeter wall is in hand.

Prior to the Isle of Man Prison Jurby becoming fully operational the Department is planning to enable the public to tour the premises. More details will follow when the date is confirmed.

The new facility is the Government’s largest current capital project at £41.7million. It has a total of 138 prisoner places compared with 92 places at Victoria Road, Douglas, and improved educational and rehabilitative provisions.

O’Hare and McGovern commenced construction work at Jurby in August 2005.

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