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New prison visitor centre for Jersey

HMP La Moye prison

The new HMP La Moye centre will provide much needed space for both staff and visitors when it opens in May 2012.

The £4m project, entitled ‘New Visitor & Staff Facilities Building – Phase 4’, will see main contractor AC Mauger Construction build a new centre on the site of the existing La Moye prison. Construction began in May 2011 and is currently running ahead of schedule, having reached the halfway point of its planned 55-week contract.

Once complete, the centre will provide much needed space for staff and visitors at the island’s only prison. It is hoped that this will prove beneficial for the longevity of the prison and reduce the impact of any future rise in the prison population.

Designed by UK based architects Taylor Young, the new centre comprises a traditional steel frame with a combination of treatments, such as Forticrete blockwork, zinc cladding and stonework. Work has also included the installation of ballistic standard glazed units.

The centre features traditional internal walls that have incorporated a combination of blockwork and metal stud partitions. Once the internal walls are complete, the internal finishes will include plaster, paint, vinyl, carpet and furniture.

During the build, several necessary security measures have been introduced, including secure standard internal doors and screens.

Associated external hard and soft landscaping work will take place, however this aspect of the build will not be extensive.

Due to the nature of the daily operations of HMP La Moye, working around the prison has posed a number of key concerns. This has meant that extra precautions have been put in place for the AC Mauger Construction team whilst they have been working onsite.

AC Mauger Construction Manager, Gary Peat, said: “Logistically the site is challenging due to the limited amount of space available.

“As you would expect, given its location, the security protocol is also extremely stringent.”

HMP La Moye opened during the 1970s and is currently the only prison on the island of Jersey.  As a result, it houses a range of offenders from the ages of 15 and over – including juveniles, young offenders and adults.

The prison has seven residential wings with a capacity for 184 prisoners in single and double cells, including segregated areas for both male and female prisoners.  The second phase of the redevelopment of HMP La Moye saw a new wing for 62 prisoners created, enabling the centre to provide modern accommodation that meets today’s standards.

HMP La Moye actively encourages prisoners to take part in the education system and the library facilities are therefore readily available to the inmates. The library opened in November 2007 as part of the new Learning and Skills programme and stocks in excess of 2,000 items. The library aims to promote reading for pleasure, support all aspects of learning and education, improve literacy levels and encourage users to develop interests, hobbies and skills.

The prison also offers workshops for vocational training, with subjects including: bricklaying, catering, gardening and horticulture, industrial cleaning and laundry.

A July 2005 HMCIP report stated: ‘We were impressed, in most areas of the prison, by the proactive relationships between staff and prisoners: most prisoners told us they knew their personal officer, and had a member of staff to whom they could turn.’

Now that the ever expanding needs of prisoners, staff and visitors are being addressed, Jersey’s only prison continues to build onwards and upwards.

 

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