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Skerritt captures £18.2m prison contracts

Building services specialist Skerritthas won contracts worth £18.2 million to supply services at Nottingham Prison and Swaleside Prison in Kent.

The company will install m&e services to ancillary buildings as part of a project to build new cell block facilities for 510 extra inmates at Nottingham and a new 180-place cell block in Kent.

Willmott Dixon, who awarded Skerritt the contract, has a framework with the National Offender Management Service, part of the Ministry of Justice, to help create extra capacity at prisons.

The £11 million Nottingham contract was awarded as the latest phase of extended works which have already included a new 178-place cell block and 14-place segregation unit.

Skerritt will supply mechanical, electrical and plumbing services along with CCTV and fire alarm services in key sections outside the new cell block.

This latest phase includes modernisation of two wings, work stores, staff lockers and the prison’s visitor centre.

At Swaleside in Kent, Willmott Dixon is constructing a new 180-cell house block, with new vocational training, health care and segregation facilities in a deal worth £35 million.

Skerritt has a £7.2 million contract to supply mechanical, electrical, plumbing services as part of modernisation work in the segregation block, gym and education building, along with car parking upgrades at the Category B security prison.

Skerritt managing director Stuart Hill said: “Skerritt has an outstanding 25 year track record specialising in building and electrical services for the prison sector and already has 200 trained operatives who are experienced in working in a prison environment. We are looking forward to forging a strong partnership with Willmott Dixon.”

Skerritt has a turnover of around £42 million – with prison contracts accounting for 55 per cent of this.

The company specialises in mechanical, electrical and plumbing building services both locally and nationally and employs almost 300 people.