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Prison to be expanded by a third
28 May 2008 10:01 BST

A privately-run Nottinghamshire prison is to be expanded by more than a third.

Lowdham Grange opened in 1997 and has a capacity of more than 600 but construction firm Skansa has confirmed plans for 260 more cells.

The £52m project will also see a 2,900 square metre, two-storey activities building, as well as the expansion and refurbishment of existing buildings.

Work is due to begin in July 2008 with completion of the scheme expected in summer 2010.

Lowdham Grange is a Category B training prison run by Serco.

The contract comes as inmate numbers reached a record high this year, with 83,000 in England and Wales.

Next month the Ministry of Justice will begin releasing more than 500 non-violent offenders half-way through their prison sentences, rather than waiting for them to serve two thirds of their terms.