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47m upgrade for private prison

Parc Prison
The extension means more prisoners could be kept at Parc Prison

The Prison Service says 47m will be spent upgrading Parc Prison in Bridgend - the only private prison in Wales.

Construction company Galliford Try will create a new accommodation block as well as extend and convert existing buildings on the site.

The work will start in May and is expected to be completed by February 2011.

The Prison Service said it would ensure more prisoners would serve their sentences in Wales.

The project will involve developing the Category B Prison to create a new accommodation block together with extensions and conversions to existing buildings on the site.

The scheme has been designed to comply with the Building Research Establishment BREEAM "Excellent" environmental rating.

Multi-faith facility

Greg Fitzgerald, chief executive of Galliford Try, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which builds on Galliford Try's record and experience in delivering custodial projects and adds further to the group's workload in the public and regulated sectors."

A spokesman for the Prison Service said: "The expansion work at HMP Parc is part of the Government's extensive prison building programme.

"It will ensure more prisoners serve their sentences in Wales, as recommended by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee report."

He said the work would include a first night induction unit for new prisoners, an improved multi-faith facility, improved physical training areas as well as education and training centres.

The new house block, which will begin receiving prisoners in autumn 2010, will provide an extra 320 spaces with the capacity to increase to 470.

"The work will also improve the existing infrastructure to support the increase in population and will include a new medical centre, enhanced visiting facilities for social and professional visitors, new staff training centre, catering facilities and expanded car park for visitors and staff," the spokesman added.

The announcement on HMP Parc comes after last week's decision by the Ministry of Justice to build a 1,000 inmate prison on the outskirts of Caernarfon in Gwynedd.

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