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HMP Liverpool £25M Refurbishment: Upgrading a Victorian Prison to Meet Modern Standards

HMP Liverpool, a Category B Victorian prison, is a significant landmark in the city of Liverpool. With a capacity of up to 1,370 inmates, the prison is an important institution for the criminal justice system in the region. However, with the typical standard of the prison being poor, it required an upgrade to meet the current MOJ and NOMS standards.

The refurbishment of all 8 wings, inclusive of their associated plant areas, was entrusted to Hensall, who were sub-contracted on behalf of ISG. Hensall was tasked with completing the specialist design, installation, and commissioning of all Mechanical & Electrical services required for the project. This included the decommissioning of all M&E systems to allow the refurbishment works to commence, followed by the installation of new systems to serve the prisoner and staff areas.

The mechanical systems installed by Hensall included sanitary systems, LTHW heating systems, and ventilation systems, all of which were controlled and monitored by dedicated building management systems to ensure efficient operation. The electrical systems installed included LV distribution, small power, lighting, data, general alarms, fire alarms, CCTV, AV, tamper alarms, and lighting protection.

The project was not without its challenges. All works were completed within temporarily decanted wings, and the project team had to work closely with the main contractor’s management team and prison staff to ensure that the works could be completed in a safe and efficient manner. Prior to the commencement of the project, the Hensall team had to carry out surveys within various live prisoner environments, presenting additional challenges.

Despite the challenges, the project was completed successfully. Chris Bond, Hensall Mechanical MD said, 

“Hensall’s expertise and experience ensured that the project was delivered to the highest standards, meeting all the necessary regulatory requirements. The project has not only improved the conditions for the inmates but has also created a safer environment for the prison staff. The completion of the refurbishment project is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Hensall team.

As lead contractor, ISG’s Operations DIrector Andrew Beaumont MCIOB, also commented,

“Hensall Mechanical Services Limited have worked for ISG Construction for the last ten years across a number of projects. As a key trusted supply chain partner, the professional, approachable can-do attitude to problem solving has been pivotal in such a challenging project.”

In conclusion, the refurbishment of HMP Liverpool is a significant achievement that will have a positive impact on the criminal justice system in the region. The upgrade of the prison to meet modern standards has improved the conditions for the inmates and created a safer environment for the prison staff. The successful completion of the project is a testament to the expertise and experience of Hensall and their commitment to delivering high-quality services to their clients.