G4S awarded contracts to operate HMP Birmingham and Featherstone 2
The contract to run HMP Birmingham – the first publicly-run prison to be transferred to a private service provider – begins in October. Featherstone 2, which is currently under construction, will open in April 2012. Both contracts are for 15 years each, with an estimated total value of around £750 million for the life of the contracts.
Announcing the decision in Parliament, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said the new contracts would deliver millions in savings, with Featherstone 2 being delivered at £31 million less than costs originally approved.
David Taylor-Smith, CEO G4S UK and Africa said:
“We are delighted to have been selected to operate HMP Birmingham and the new prison, Featherstone 2, in Wolverhampton.
“We have an excellent track record in running prisons on behalf of the government, dating back nearly 20 years to when we became the first private company to run a prison with HMP Wolds in 1993.
“With today’s announcement G4S will be managing six prisons in England and Wales and we look forward to working closely with our new employees and their representatives as we do across all our operations.”