RJ Sheen were preferred masonry Contractor for the new house block at the former Belmarsh West prison, having been successfully involved in the initial phase 1 of the site, in partnership with Skanska.
The new four storey L-shaped block together with a new industries building and basketball court will see the demolition of existing works departments for neighboring Belmarsh mens prison.
Under the expansion plan the existing 5.2m precast concrete wall was extended to enclose the new buildings.
This new house block project will create an additional 332 prisoner places.
On behalf of client Serco, working for the Ministry of Justice, the team will start work in January 2014 to build a four-storey house block and a two-storey block where the prisoners will carry out work duties, as well as expand the prison perimeter to accommodate the new buildings.
The current HMP Thameside development comprises 10 prison buildings including a sports hall, reception, kitchen, vocational training workshops and a health and education unit. The living unit is a four-storey building providing 600 prison cells. It boasts a host of environmental features, including a waste vegetable oil biofuel boiler, on-site food composting and water-efficient toilets.