THE Scottish Prison Service has awarded an £8.2million contract for construction of Glasgow’s new community custody unit for female offenders.
The work will be carried out by Ogilvie Construction of Stirling.
The unit will be in Shawpark Street, behind Maryhill police station, on the former site of Maryhill Health Centre.
It is be designed to accommodate up to 24 women in two-storey houses. The accommodation consists of four houses, each providing six bedrooms.
A separate hub building will provide a reception, administration and staff areas along with a range of facilities for the women, such as healthcare, education and community space.
The buildings will be located around a central garden/amenity space with landscaping, seating, clothes drying areas and soft play features.
It will not have obvious prison-type security measures. There will be two perimeter fences and security cameras
It is anticipated that there will be a mix of Scottish Prison Service, health and social work staff based at the unit, with up to 14 staff on shift at any one time during the day, as well as an overnight shift.