Design for places of incarceration is very challenging. Resolving conflicting needs of safety and security while providing an environment that seeks to positively contribute to rehabilitation and personal growth demands knowledge, experience, and sensitivity. Inspiring residents to learn and develop is our ultimate goal.
Design of blue light facilities similarly requires deep operational understanding allied to a thoughtful design approach to help deliver emergency services provision where staff can perform to the very highest standards.
Supporting the Siza Bantu Consortium, we developed a design solution to create a pleasant, highly functional, secure, hi-tech, campus-style environment correctional centre. The design was based around a carefully thought-out, decentralized self-functioning 3-Village and comprehensive servicing Urban Centre, which increases security and control of offenders while enhancing their dignity and inspiring their purpose for living.
NIFRS Service Support Centre
The facility modernised and changed existing functions and processes to meet the changing nature of a modern fire service. The building delivers a fundamental change to the workshop process, from separate streams of work and service time for vehicles & equipment, to a single process where all equipment would be tested at the same time as the vehicle. The workshop tests and repairs all equipment & vehicles including MOT & PSV and the Logistic Centre receives, tests, certifies & distributes all consumable products for the whole of the province. The facility also includes specialist decontamination equipment for Breathing Apparatus units, silver command suite and regional back-up control room.
Omagh Community Fire Station & District Head Quarters
This new facility accommodates six specialist appliances, with four watch day crew plus teams and a retained team. The station has regional specialism in RTC team and is one of two centres in the province with specialist animal rescue teams. The accommodation also includes a multi agency silver command suite, district training facility, covering working at height, BA, smoke, RTC, USAR & Animal Rescue and a district transport workshop & BA recharge workshop. The station has a community suite for local use and community engagement, and issues of gender and accessibility were at the forefront of this award-winning design.
An exemplar design for a CAT A to D, 800 to 1000 prisoner replacement scheme focused upon creating an operationally efficient design that optimises the service delivery, replacing the existing outdated facilities on a highly sensitive rural coastal site while maintaining the existing CNA throughout the works. The new facility and in particular the new therapeutic housing blocks was designed with the objective of delivering a range of fit for purpose, flexible, accommodation which promotes staff and prisoner safety, encourages access to education and activities and encourages and supports the rehabilitation of prisoners. Included in the design was a therapeutic space, areas conducive to rehabilitation, space for encouraging working out and Stepdown/independent living accommodation to prepare prisoners returning to society.
We were appointed to support the Geotechnica team based in Santiago Chile to provide specialist design advice for 3 projects at Alto Hospicio, Rancagua and Iqueque. The sites were spread across a number of climatic zones through north and central Chile. Each facility was designed to accommodate 3000 inmates with a wide-ranging mix of groups. In response, we developed concepts for house block communities containing education and training within them. We were challenged by the need to bring large groups of visitors into the heart of the prison which was a culture of the Chilean prison regime
HLM worked collaboratively with French architects on the concepts for 2 prisons at Mons and Charleroi with 400 inmates. The design had to consider a human scale to both the internal and external environment, making allowances for views out and inmate visibility through passive security measures.
HMP Bronzefield is the first purpose-designed women’s prison since Holloway. It has a CNA of 450 spread through three two-story high cross-shaped house blocks. Residential units are limited to a maximum of 34 prisoners, and are arranged around a large landscaped square with free-flow circulation. A strong operational brief focusing particularly on women prisoners’ needs was developed at the outset with operational staff. An awareness of issues such as the prevalence of self-harm, family responsibilities, support requirements, and typical sentence structure has informed all stages of the design including careful considerations of scale, detail, and finish.
HMP Belmarsh East
This new facility located adjacent to the existing HMP Belmarsh prison, is a 480 CNA training prison for young adult males, incorporating extensive educational and training facilities, with a visitors centre and visits complex including legal visits and video court suites. The development is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating and includes CHP and Biomass heating, rainwater harvesting and maximisation of natural ventilation and daylight throughout.