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June 2 2017

Planning in principle sought for Inverness jail
The Scottish Prisons Service have filed an application for planning in principle to erect a new HMP Highland at Inverness Retail and Business Park to replace an overcrowded city centre jail.

Designed by multidisciplinary consultancy BakerHicks (formerly Morgan Sindall) and TGP landscape architects the 200-inmate jail will offer 12,000sq/m of floorspace, double the capacity of the existing premises and takes the form of a linear building to form a secure frontage.

Modelled on archeological roundhouses unearthed around the region as well as the meandering path of the River Ness the curvaceous building allows for a number of void spaces to allow light deep into the plan.
Behind the curved frontage will sit a courtyard, recreation space, exercise yard and pitch together with two cell blocks.

In a statement planning consultants Collier International wrote: “The new HMP Highland will be the smallest prison that the Scottish Prison Service have ever built. It will be modern, using tailored design techniques to create a building of a high design standard which takes account of the site specifics and is ultimately properly accommodated in the wider landscape.”

Highland Council is expected to adjudicate on the proposal later in the year.

3 Comments

Daniel F
#1 Posted by Daniel F on 2 Jun 2017 at 11:29 AM
'HMP Highland at Inverness Retail and Business Park'

Take a right for TK Maxx, or a left for the prison...
rankbadyin
#2 Posted by rankbadyin on 2 Jun 2017 at 12:02 PM
Many practices should take stock when a supposed M&E consultancy has designed a prison that mops the floor design wise with many of the other public and private developments I've seen recently.
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 5 Jun 2017 at 13:09 PM
@#2 would you care to substantiate and give examples rather than give sweeping generalisation?
M&E only forms part of Baker Hicks multi-disciplined service - http://baker-hicks.com/about.
What I would like to know is that if Baker Hicks are part of Morgan Sindall Group is this a back door route for their contracting divisions to gain an advantage when it come to tendering the job?

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