CHt recognised for outstanding contribution

​Crown House Technologies (CHt) have been recognised for their outstanding contribution on the North Wales Prison (HMP Berwyn) project.

Crown House Technologies (CHt) have been recognised for their outstanding contribution on the North Wales Prison (HMP Berwyn) project. 

CHt are delivering a £50m MEP package for the new ‘super prison’, which is due to complete in July of this year. 

The Ministry of Justice, The North Wales Economic Ambition Board and principal contractor for the project, Lendlease presented the award to CHt’s project leader, Rory Pollock at an awards event in late March. 

The Supply Chain Contribution award recognises the significant contribution CHt have made to the local community as one of the leading suppliers on the project. So far CHt have supported 46 apprenticeships, spent in excess of £20m with local SMEs, recruited 46 employees, conducted 3 community engagement events and supported 240 work experience days for pupils from local schools and colleges.

Commenting on the award,  Rory said “We’re delighted to be recognised for the contribution we have made to the local community on the project. It’s been a fantastic team effort, from procurement establishing the relationships with local SMEs to those training apprentices and work placement students.

“When you sit back and take stock of the contribution we can make as a business to the local area, you really get an appreciation for how many areas of the economy construction projects can reach, and the legacy we leave above and beyond the physical structures we deliver.”

10 of the 12 building at HMP Berwyn are now complete, and the first prisoners were accepted in to the facility on 28 February this year. Once fully complete, the super prison will be capable of holding 2,100 prisoners across three ‘house blocks’, each designed to Cat B standard to accommodate 704 inmates in communities of 88. The permanent perimeter fence lines are to consist of two lines of 5.2 metre MoJ (Ministry of Justice) standard fence details. 

The ‘entry building’ will also be designed to Cat B standards with open plan office facilities. The prison will also include workshops, education, sports, catering, faith and health facilities.

In addition to CHt leading on the MEP package, CHtM in Oldbury has provided circa £4m of modular MEP services, CHt Enterprise Solutions has delivered the £2.8m BMS & ICT package, whilst Select Lifting also provided the lift & shift services for all the M&E crane activities on site.

Bison were also subcontracted to the project, providing the pre-cast concrete in the houseblocks, producing the ‘cactus walls’ which divide the cells & cell toilets and the concrete planks in the cores. 

HMP Berwyn hands over in July 2017 and fully opens in August.