The design features many of the innovative design features that PCE Ltd has developed in 20 years at the forefront of precast concrete custodial structures, with all components manufactured offsite and supplied “flatpack” to a just-in- time schedule.
PCE Ltd was appointed by Kier Build as precast design & build specialist for the new Category B prison built on a brownfield site adjacent to the existing HMP Featherstone.
The project involved the construction of 12 precast concrete buildings, including three 480 place four-storey houseblocks, entry buildings, a hospital, an isolation unit, first night facilities and associated buildings, all within a demanding timeframe of just one calendar year.
The precast elements have a number of features designed to limit site work to a minimum and speed up construction. All doors, window grilles and window units were built in at manufacture, along with balustrades, sanitary provisions and drainage. M&E provision was also cast into the units at manufacture, along with other features designed to directly interface with 12 metre service cores installed in all three of the four-storey houseblocks.