BakerHicks begins full concept design process for HMP Highland

Posted On 20 Jan 2018
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BakerHicks, the design and engineering company, has started work on the full concept design for the new £70 million HMP Highland in Inverness. The initial designs by BakerHicks, which were used to achieve ‘Planning Permission in Principle’, are now being developed by the design team to a point that the project can be tendered for construction.

The contract for the concept design, which includes the preparation of all ITT documentation, was awarded to BakerHicks through the detailed Scottish Prison Service framework on a multi-discipline basis for architectural, civil and structural, M&E and principal designer services.

The new prison will encompass a central Roundhouse as a focal point for visitors, the family centre and staff facilities, with the main building designed to reflect the River Ness.

Using the long-winding wave through the site means that, from eye level, the building can never be viewed in its entirety, making it less oppressive to pedestrians or prison visitors.

Upon completion, HMP Highland will serve the Highlands, Islands and Moray areas and hold up to 200 offenders in purpose-designed accommodation units. The construction is going to be the first new prison in the Scottish Highlands for more than a century.

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