Work begins on Britain's first all-electric prison costing £400million

Work begins on Britain’s first all-electric prison: New £400m jail equipped with solar panels and heat pumps could save £1.1million a year – using 78% less energy than Wormwood Scrubs

  • Work has started on Britain’s first all-electric prison which will cost £400million
  • Yorkshire jail could save taxpayer £1.1 million a year in energy costs amid crisis
  • First of its kind in the UK, it will be equipped with solar panels and heat pumps
  • Will be next to HMP Full Sutton which houses country’s most dangerous inmates

Work has started on Britain’s first all-electric prison – which could save the taxpayer £1.1 million a year amid the energy crisis and reduce emissions.

The new £400million jail, which will be built in East Yorkshire, is set to open in 2025 and will be able to hold 1,500 inmates.

The first of its kind in the UK, it will be equipped with solar panels and heat pumps is set to use 78 per cent less energy than London’s HMP Wormwood Scrubs.

It will be built next to the existing Full Sutton prison which houses some of the country’s most dangerous offenders.

Running entirely on electricity means it will have reduced emissions compared to older establishments, which also rely on oil and gas to run.

Work has started on Britain’s first all-electric prison – which could save the taxpayer £1.1 million a year amid the energy crisis and reduce emissions

It will use less than a third of the energy of newly-built ‘smart’ prison HMP Five Wells in Wellingborough, Northants.

And it will save enough compared to HMP Belmarsh, London, that for the same amount of energy you could also power 1,200 homes for a year.

Minister for Prisons and Probation, Damian Hinds, said: ‘The new prison at Full Sutton will protect the public and the public purse, using the latest technology to cut energy costs.

Drawing of the new site. Running entirely on electricity means it will have reduced emissions compared to older establishments, which also rely on oil and gas to run

‘Giving prisoners the skills in demand by local businesses will help them find work and turn over a new leaf – cutting reoffending and making our streets safer.’

Objections from local residents to the proposed planning and building of the new prison – surrounded by 5.5m walls – included a 164-signature petition.

Prisoners will spend their time behind bars learning skills to find work on their release.

Plans for the prison. Objections from local residents to the proposed planning and building of the new site – surrounded by 5.5m walls – included a 164-signature petition

Companies bidding to operate the new prison will have to create a ‘jobs blueprint’ – showing how they plan to work with local businesses to train up lags.

Nearly half of construction costs are set to be spent within 50 miles of the site, creating over 600 jobs.

Ex-prisoners will be employed on the site, helping to build the new prison.

Liam Cummins, Group managing director of Kier Construction, which is heading the project, said: ‘We will deliver this new prison as a cutting-edge facility, built on engineering excellence that we have utilised on other projects, and using innovative sustainable methods which will achieve net zero in operation.

Minister for Prisons and Probation, Damian Hinds, said: ‘The new prison at Full Sutton will protect the public and the public purse, using the latest technology to cut energy costs’

The first of its kind in the UK, it will be equipped with solar panels and heat pumps is set to use 78 per cent less energy than London’s HMP Wormwood Scrubs

‘Alongside this, we’ll create hundreds of jobs throughout the lifecycle of the project, supporting local people and the supply chain, as well as providing opportunities for prisoners on release.’

Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘I welcome the start of the construction of the new prison which, when completed, will provide a great boost to the local economy and employment market with the creation of over 600 jobs as well as providing a focus on skills and training to get prisoners into jobs on their release.’

The original Full Sutton Prison opened in 1987, as a purpose-built maximum security prison for men.

Former inmates include cop killer Dale Cregan and murderers Dennis Nilsen, Jeremy Bamber and John Cannan.

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