New £286m prison to create jobs and boost local economy

Hundreds of jobs will be created as construction work on a new £286m prison in Leicestershire gets underway.

Work will now begin on a category C resettlement prison at the shovel-ready site, previously the location of HMP Glen Parva, after the local government signed a contract with developers Lendlease.

The jail will be built using cutting-edge technology which sees parts of the prison built off site – resulting in speedier, more environmentally friendly construction, which minimises waste and is in line with the government’s commitment to build back greener.

Most of the ground materials will also be recycled, with 75,000m3 of existing material due to be re-used. This will save over 10,000 vehicle journeys going on and off site.

Early ecology works have also been carried out to manage vegetation and wildlife, so they are not disturbed by future construction.

The prison, which is expected to be completed by spring 2023, will benefit the local economy by creating around 150 jobs and apprenticeships during construction and around 600 permanent roles once the prison opens. There will also be opportunities for ex-offenders – helping to reduce reoffending before the prison is even built.

Simon Gorski, Lendlease’s Managing Director for Construction in Europe, said: “We have a proven track record of delivering projects that can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for the communities where we work. Our partners trust that we will deliver long-lasting value and we will be entirely focussed on delivering the very highest standard of building.”