The contract for the design and construction of the new Inverness Prison is set to be announced this month.
In a written response to Edward Mountain MSP, the interim chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), Teresa Medhurst, confirmed: “Tender evaluation for the pre-construction services award element of the HMP Highland project is under way and SPS anticipates the initial contract award will be made during September 2021.”
Edward Mountain MSP said:
“It’s been a long time coming, but I am delighted that the contract to design and build the new HMP Highland will be awarded this month.
“Frankly, the SNP have worked at a snail’s pace this last decade to deliver the new prison while our hard working prison staff continue to work in a Victorian building that is no longer fit for purpose.
“I believe it is a vindication of my campaign to fast-track the new prison that significant steps are being made to deliver the facility by 2024 and not 2026, as the cabinet secretary mistakenly stated recently.”