HMP Thameside

Major award winning prison project in London.

The Living Unit at Thameside prison (formally known as Belmarsh West) is the world’s first for prison construction to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding” and won a BREEAM award for the Prisons category at the Ecobuild Awards.

Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed as Mechanical & Electrical Design Consultants on this 70,000m² facility, which was part of a complete new build prison comprising of 10 new prison buildings including a sports hall, reception, kitchen, vocational training workshops and a health and education unit.  To enhance design and eliminate abortive work, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and in particular 3D modelling was used to support design and construction.

The Living Unit is a four-storey precast concrete framed building providing 600 prison cells, dining and association space, and ancillary office and building management spaces, with the plant room in the roof void.  The facility is enclosed by a 5.2m high wall around the entire site.

All buildings at the £96m facility were required to achieve a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ as a contract requirement, reflecting the team’s commitment to sustainability.

Carol Atkinson, Chief Executive at BRE Global said...

“This is a testament to the outstanding skill and determination of the building owners, developers, project teams and assessors who are setting new standards in sustainability, despite the difficult economic conditions.  We believe that one of the reasons for their commitment is that more and more clients and project teams are now equating high BREEAM ratings with better building performance.”