Contractor Interserve has been selected as preferred bidder for the first government pilot project on which Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been used throughout the tender process and will be fully employed at contract stage.
The project, for client the Ministry of Justice, comprises a new three-storey houseblock to house remand and convicted juveniles, together with an education facility at HMYOI Cookham Wood, part of the Rochester cluster of prisons.
HMYOI Cookham Wood is also the first pilot government project to use a project bank account, to ensure efficiency of payments through to the supply chain and SMEs.
The houseblock will accommodate 179 young people in single cells and will replace existing substandard accommodation. An adjacent new two-storey regime building, which will house the prison’s main library, is to provide skills education and training in 15 classrooms and workshops. External works include three new fenced exercise yards, access roads and new security fencing. The facilities are being built on land adjoining the existing prison.