5 May 2009
WYG, the award winning, international multi-disciplinary consultant, has won a contract from the Northern Ireland Prison Service to manage the design and building programme of a new 800-cell prison at the existing Magilligan site in Co. Londonderry.
The company said today that it would provide comprehensive programme management services over the period of a three year contract. This would involve assisting the Prison Service to develop the brief and gain approval of its business case for the new prison.
WYG Management Services will be partnered with Nolan Ryan Tweeds (both part of the WYG Group) to develop the programme planning and management for all phases of the project (subject to provision of funding following the investment application) and will oversee the production of an exemplar design for the prison, development of the business case, selection of the procurement route, tender documentation and the awards of the construction contract. To achieve these milestones WYG will work closely with the appointed Exemplar Design Team and Business Case Team.
Clive Anderson, Managing Director of WYG Management Services, said: “The award of this contract through a competitive tendering process is evidence of WYG’s ability to pull together expertise from throughout the Group to tackle the most complex of programme management projects. In this instance we will be providing an integrated service that brings together our offices in Belfast and in Leeds. We believe the experience of our team in managing major prison developments elsewhere in the UK was a major factor in our success and that we can bring benefits to the taxpayer by working to reduce both the timescale and cost for building the new Magilligan prison.”
The contract is initially for a three year period, with an option for it to be extended for a further three years.
Robin Masefield, Director of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, said: “This is another significant step in the re-development of Magilligan Prison, which is in need of replacement. It is essential that the design of the new prison is future-proofed and that it provides cost effective operational flexibility. We are delighted that WYG are on board to help us deliver our vision of a state-of-the-art prison that will ensure the wellbeing of prisoners, staff and visitors alike and which will also deliver maximum value for money in running costs, best practice in sustainability and contribute positively to the local community.”