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SD Sealants paves the way for UK’S first “super-prison”

24th August 2017

SD Sealants is working on one of its biggest projects to date. HMP Berwyn will be the largest prison in the UK, with the capacity to hold 2,100 inmates, and has enlisted the team at SD to assist with the development of its expansive building.

The facility, which opened its doors in February, will become fully operational this autumn and will comprise of three wings, each housing 702 men. These include Bala, which opened in February, Alwen, which was set to open in May and Ceiriog, which was scheduled to take prisoners in July.

The prison also has new gyms, five-a-side pitches, a library and a visiting room with a play area for children, and has been an elaborate and extensive project.

The SD Sealants team has been working on the ancillary buildings including the college, health care centre, kitchen, workshops, multi-faith centre, the sports block, visitors building and reception buildings. They have also been carrying out sealant work on the house blocks 108A and 108B, which require help with floors, furniture and beds.

Mark Wheeler, West Midlands Contract Manager for SD, has been overseeing the sealant work carried out on the prison for the past ten months, and said: “It’s been exciting to work on such a unique project, and this is definitely going to be an impressive building once it’s fully up and running. The SD team have been doing a first-rate job so far and we’re really happy with the high standard of work being carried out.”

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