HMP Thameside & Expansion
Independent Category B establishment with strong environmental performance credentials
1,236 person prison
Part of a prison cluster in Woolwich, London, and close to HMP Belmarsh and its associated court house, HMP Thameside was built in 2012, and its extension, the Thameside expansion, in 2015. The prison was built to accommodate 900 prisoners – notably those on remand – and the expansion gave it another 336 places, the idea being to increase prison space due to increased demand.
As an independent Category B establishment, built on the site of the former HMP Belmarsh works department, HMP Thameside includes some new security design factors and offers a range of activities related to normalisation, from education to horticulture and vocational training. But its most ground-breaking aspect is its environmental performance. With water-saving, building management, intelligent lighting system, heat recovery and other technologies, its house-block building achieved an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating with its associated buildings gaining an ‘Excellent’ rating.
The project was designed by tp bennett’s Kevin Bell and Daniel Dominguez while at Capita Property and Infrastructure.