Ministry of Justice A rapid response during Covid

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Amey delivers facilities and estate management services, including planned and reactive maintenance, cleaning and project management for 59 prisons on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

The challenge

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the MoJ and HMPPS implemented a robust contingency plan to move towards single-cell accommodation, to limit the spread of infection and the number of cases across the prison estate in England and Wales.

Amey’s response

Due to the fast-moving nature of the pandemic, Amey worked at pace with the MOJ, HMPPS and our supply chain to quickly put together a plan and identify a solution that could be rapidly mobilised to install temporary, single-occupancy cells within the existing secure prison estate.

By combining our project management expertise with our existing prison project and maintenance teams and suppliers we worked with our supply chain partners to rapidly mobilise, install, and safely commission temporary accommodation units across the identified establishments by the MOJ and HMPPS in readiness for prisoner occupancy.

This collaborative approach ensured that the first installation of 400 temporary cells took place within three weeks of the UK wide lockdown coming into effect

Specific works included installing electric, water and wastes supplies, as well as undertaking groundwork and craning the temporary accommodation into place. Amey continued to work in partnership with local HMPPS prison teams to ensure that all temporary cells are safe, clean and compliant.


  • First temporary cells installed within
    two weeks of UK wide lockdown
  • 1,048 temporary cells allocated to 29
    HMPPS sites across the UK
  • 896 temporary cells delivered at 26 of these sites
  • Rapid mobilisation and boots on the ground
    from day one after MoJ instruction
  • Five supply chain partners engaged and supported
  • Covid-19 impact reduced with lower
    case rate than originally predicted

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