Construction starts on UK’s first net-zero carbon prison in Yorkshire

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Kier has begun construction on the UK’s first net-zero carbon prison for the Ministry of Justice in East Riding of Yorkshire, UK. Solar panels, heat pumps, and energy-efficient lighting systems are among the energy-saving features of the 1,500-bed Category C prison.

When completed in 2025, the UK’s first net-zero carbon prison will run entirely on electricity. Furthermore, it will be the first in the country to be zero-carbon in operation. The company will deploy modern methods of construction (MMC) as well as cement replacement. This will help to minimize its carbon footprint. It will also use renewable energy sources like solar panels and biofuel.

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UK’s first net-zero carbon prison to create a number of jobs for the residents

According to Kier, the new prison’s layout is based on the blueprint of its HMP Five Wells and the house block design utilized in the Accelerated House block Delivery Programme. During the building phase, hundreds of jobs are anticipated to be created. Upon completion, 600 jobs in a variety of fields are also projected to be created.

“Breaking ground at Full Sutton yesterday was a significant milestone for this new prison,” Kier Construction Group managing director Liam Cummins said. “It strengthens our successful partnership with the Ministry of Justice. We have successfully partnered with the ministry for the past decade.”

“We will deliver this new prison as a cutting-edge facility. UK’s first net-zero carbon prison is constructed on engineering excellence from previous projects. It is also using innovative sustainable methods that will achieve net-zero operation. In addition, we will create hundreds of jobs throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Thus, it will benefit locals and the supply chain, as well as create opportunities for prisoners on release.” The Department for Education (DFE) appointed Kier in September to construct a net-zero carbon-in-operation school for Deyes High School in Maghull, Sefton, UK.