hmp berwyn: benefits to business and residents

HMP Berwyn, currently under construction in Wrexham, North Wales is due to be fully operational by the end of 2017.

Construction alone is a £212 million investment and once operational, it is expected to boost the regional economy by around £23 million a year and create up to 1,000 jobs.

Throughout the project, Lendlease, the main contractor, has committed to delivering a number of benefits to the local community and businesses.

The infographic below outlines the progress of some of these targets to date (May 2016).

Target: 50% of labour from the local workforce

62% of those working on site in April were local (within a 50 mile radius/1 hour commute of the site). On average to date, 69% of the workforce on site has been local.

Target: 1100 days to Dec 2016

1487 work placement days have been delivered so far, benefitting students from local schools and colleges.

Target: 100 Apprenticeships

44 new apprentices are working on the site. Hopefully by the end of 2016, 100 apprenticeships will have been created for young people looking to build a career in construction.

Target: £50m spend on Small and Medium Enter-prises (SMEs)

£69.5 million has been spent on small and medium sized enterprises to date through supply chain contracts and supporting SMEs to provide apprenticeships.

To read more about the economic benefits the prison is bringing to the local area, visit

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