Specialist heritage developer City & Country legally completed the acquisition of former HMP prisons Shepton Mallet, Dorchester, Gloucester and Kingston (Portsmouth), from the Ministry of Justice. The prisons, which are all Listed buildings, have been acquired as one portfolio.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, said: “We are very pleased to legally complete the purchase of these four former prisons from the Ministry of Justice. We will now be embarking on a period of detailed public consultation, engaging with stakeholders to ensure all considerations are taken into account on how best to regenerate these historic sites.”
She Continued: “It is our intention to bring these buildings back to viable and beneficial use, although as yet we have no fixed plans for the sites. City & Country has an excellent track record of restoring and breathing new life into some incredibly challenging buildings, and we are confident that we can deliver new schemes at each prison that not only enhance the original building, but also help to enrich its surroundings.”
City & Country is already beginning discussions with local stakeholders to establish the best uses for the sites. Additionally to this a series of four Public Consultation events will be conducted. At the first Consultation the local community will be invited to feed their aspirations and wishes for the sites into the redevelopment proposals. City & Country is also investigating the option of opening up key areas of the prisons for the public to view.
About the prisons:
Gloucester prison opened in 1782 and closed in 2013.
Kingston prison opened in 1877 and closed in 2013.
Dorchester prison opened in the early 19th century and closed more than 200 years later in 2013.
Shepton Mallet prison opened in 1625 and closed in 2013 – it was the UK’s oldest operating prison.
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