HMP Grampian: Intention to award a contract
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) announced today that it intends to award a contract to Skanska Construction UK Limited to design and construct HMP Grampian in Peterhead.
In accordance with EU procurement legislation, the award of contract will take place following the expiry of a mandatory standstill period. SPS expects to be in a position to award the contract in early November 2011, at which point further details will be made available in respect of this project.
HMP Grampian will provide around 500 places for male and female prisoners, with both adults and young offenders being accommodated in a facility which is designed to accommodate prisoners from the Northern Community Justice Authority catchment area.
In August 2007, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced the following:
- a commitment to a new prison (HMPGrampian) within the Peterhead area to replace the existing HMPsAberdeen and Peterhead; and
- a policy statement that all future prisons in Scotland would be operated by the public sector.
On 4 June 2008, following a detailed assessment of potential sites within the Peterhead area, SPS announced that HMP Grampian would be built on the site of the existing HMP Peterhead. The announcement also confirmed that both HMPs Aberdeen and Peterhead would close on the opening of HMP Grampian.
Aberdeenshire Council subsequently granted planning permission in principle for HMP Grampian in March 2011. In parallel with this planning process, SPS commenced the procurement process for the design and construction of HMP Grampian in order to speed up the delivery of this important development. This process has now been completed and SPS is ready to move to awarding a contract to the successful bidder.