HMP High Down – Building More Than a Prison Workshop
The UK’s First Prison Project Built by Prisoners for Prisoner Rehabilitation
Winner of multiple Constructing Excellence awards
Tuesday 13th February 2024, 1800 for 1830 start
AluK Design Studio, 5-11 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BH
Galliford Try designed and built a new DHL workshop at HMP High Down Category C men’s prison in Surrey. Cat C prisons typically house prisoners who pose a lower security risk and are closer to being released. The aim being to prepare prisoners for reintegration into society through work.
The new workshop, a partnership between the prison and DHL, provides real-world work and training for 90 men at a time. It is integral to the prison’s overarching objective - to reduce reoffending through safe and effective rehabilitation and support.
Whilst the workshop was being constructed, the project employed 8 prisoners from the prison. The scheme developed a Construction Mentorship Partnering Scheme (CMPS) to help them find employment in construction following their release. CMPS has been adopted by the prison on future projects, and similar schemes are now being implemented on other MoJ projects too.
The project has received numerous accolades for its comprehensive approach to building social value and its outstanding environmental performance, including:
- CE London & South-East Awards 2023 – Project of the Year - under £10M
- CE National Awards 2023 – Value
- CE National Awards 2023 – People Development
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Mat Prior, Project Manager, Galliford Try - Build Southern
Since being medically discharged from the British Army at 19 in 2017, Mat has worked in construction starting on site as labourer. He was always keen to learn and progress and was promoted to Assistant Site Manager in 2014 with Galliford Try. He has worked in several sectors including aviation, education, nuclear and most recently custodial progressing to a Project Manager.
Heather Bryant, Regional Community and Social Impact Manager, Galliford Try - Build Southern
Heather has worked in the construction industry for over 16 years, starting as a trainee and progressing over the years and on various types of projects to now work in the senior management team. Heather leads on all social value delivery for Galliford's 'building southern' team, ensuring they have a positive impact on the communities in which they work.
Heather was awarded the ‘Community Champion Award’, at this year's Considerate Constructors Scheme Leading Lights Awards, for her contribution to the mentoring initiative scheme at HMP High Down.
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