Stephen Wells - Ministry of Justice - Mace to Prison Estates Transformation Programme

2nd October, 2017

In November 2015 the government committed £1.3bn to building nine new prisons and closing existing Victorian jails and sell the sites for housing. Details of the locations of four of the nine new prisons were released by the Ministry of Justice and are to be located in Full Sutton in Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan, Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in south Wales.

The Ministry of Justice has appointed British company Mace as its delivery partner for the four-year Prison Estate Transformation Programme (PETP).

This is one of the most significant changes to the prison estate in over a century with an investment of £1.3bn. The programme will deliver up to 10,000 modern adult prison places and build and open five new community prisons for women to create a reformed estate with better education facilities that is less crowded, better organised, and that is increasingly made up of modern, fit for purpose accommodation.

Prison Estate Transformation Programme are simplifying the organisation of the prison estate into three key functions: reception, training and resettlement. Mace will play a key role in driving innovation with responsibility for managing, co-ordinating and integrating a major Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solution along with BIM level 2+.

Mace Programme Director, Stephen Wells, said: “This partnership will use pioneering approaches through DfMA and BIM to deliver better value for money and better solutions for British taxpayers. This programme has ambitions to make prisons safer and places better designed to help prisoners turn their lives around.”

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss reported: “We cannot hope to reduce re-offending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish. “This significant building programme will not only help create a modern prison estate where wholesale reform can truly take root, but will also provide a thriving, economic lifeline for the local community – creating hundreds of jobs for local people and maximising opportunities for businesses.”

According to Construction News - five of the new prisons were planned to be built by 2020, with more than 3,000 homes expected to be built on sites of the old jails. Stephen Wells – Programme Director at Mace will be speaking at Explore Offsite Infrastructure - discussing - Delivering DfMA Innovation through the MoJ’s Prison Estates Transformation Programme. Stephen Wells will be joined at Explore Offsite Infrastructure by an outstanding speaker line-up that includes: Joshua Southern, Associate Director - KPMG; John Spittle, UK Representative - Wiehag; Martin Perks, Commercial and Procurement - Highways England; Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation - Anglian Water; Paul Newby- Executive Engineering Services Director - SES Engineering Services; Phil Robinson- Lead, Principal Engineering - Laing O'Rourke; Phil Wilbraham – Development Director– Heathrow Airport. For the full list of speakers go to:

Taking place on 05 December 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, this combined conference and exhibition will present pioneering case studies of civil engineering projects that have used offsite technology to deliver infrastructure schemes on programme and budget. Explore Offsite Infrastructure provides a dynamic and interactive learning experience for all delegates through presentations and the wide array of exhibitors.

Tickets cost £125 + vat to include parking, refreshments and lunch - to find our more or to secure your place at Explore Offsite Infrastructure go to:

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