Chorley Prison, P.plannign Docs
Each of the seven blocks is capable of housing 245 prisoners. Credit: via planning documents

Plans in for 575,000 sq ft Chorley super prison 

Dan Whelan

The category C facility could house up to 1,700 inmates and forms part of the government’s £4bn New Prisons programme. 

Planning consultant Cushman & Wakefield has now submitted an outline planning application for the 575,000 sq ft prison to Chorley Council on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. 

The prison would be located on 106 acres between two existing facilities south-west of Leyland; HMP Garth, an 850-capacity category B prison and HMP Wymott, a category C prison with space for 1,200 inmates. 

Comprising seven four-storey blocks, each capable of housing 245 prisoners, the project would also include kitchens, workshops, and kennels for prison dogs. 

A 525-space car park, and a 1,326-metre perimeter fence also feature within the proposals.  

In addition, the boiler house that services the existing two prisons would be relocated, as would Wymott Bowling Club.  

Perfect Circle, a consultancy comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM, is leading on the design of project. 

Hydrock, Atkins, Pegasus, e3p, Tyler Grange, Mace, Orion Heritage, and Ramboll make up the project team. 

The Chorley prison is one of four new facilities to be constructed under the government’s New Prisons programme. 

By the middle of this decade, around 18,000 additional prison places are to be created, both through the construction of the new facilities and the upgrade and expansion of existing ones. 

Contractors Wates, Laing O’Rourke, ISG and Keir have been appointed to deliver the new prisons. 

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