No bars and river views: Inside UK's new £250,000,000 privately-run prison

The UK’s first privately run mega-prison is getting close to completion, with new pictures showing how it looks inside.

HMP Five Wells is intended to modernise the traditional prison image, with no bars on the windows and shorter corridors.

It is meant to have more of a focus on rehabilitation, with those living there Category C prisoners.

It has so far gained headlines for its views, as some of the rooms will look out over the River Nene as well as a fishing lake.

In addition, there will be four football pitches for people to exercises and a gardening area.

Some people have immediately taken issue online with the £253 million prison, which will become England’s biggest jail, housing 1,680 inmates.


The prison’s Twitter account shared images of the construction, saying: ‘Been a busy day on site today but took the opportunity to grab a couple of pics for you.

‘One of a double room, there are 84 in total, and one of the single rooms with the FANTASTIC barless window albeit not the best view at present #bestprisonever.’

The roof of the prison will be covered with solar panels.

The jail designers have ditched the usual K-shaped formation of prison housing blocks and instead used seven staggered cross-shaped buildings.

Since Victorian times, the K-block style has been favoured with the idea that a single prison officer could be placed in the centre of the radial arms of corridors and survey all the cells quickly.

The new cross-shaped buildings mean the corridors are broken up into smaller zones, rather than long corridors, which will enable prison staff to have more direct contact with prisoners.

There will be one central hub for education, vocational training and social facilities.

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