New photos have thrown a first look behind the walls of England’s newest super-prison – where none of the cell windows will have bars.
£ 253 million HMP Five Wells will accommodate 1,680 inmates, making it England’s largest prison.
The construction work should be completed by October. The first prisoner is due to arrive at the privately run prison in January next year.
You will discover light and airy rooms with colorful walls – more like a cheap hotel than the traditional place of punishment, the mirror Reports.
There is also an unobstructed view over the River Nene and a fish pond.
The Category C Prison in Northamptonshire is seen as a model for the government’s goal of creating a “modern, efficient and sustainable prison building” that will focus on rehabilitation.
HMP Five Wells said on Twitter: “Was a busy day on site but took the opportunity to take some pictures for you.
“One of the double rooms, there are 84 in total, and one of the single rooms with the fantastic barless window … although currently not the best view #bestprisonever.”
The prison was built on the site of the former HMP Wellingborough site, which closed in 2012 and housed a maximum of 650 adult male inmates.
It has seven staggered cruciform buildings instead of the K-block style that has been favored since Victorian times.
The new cross-shaped buildings divide the corridors into smaller zones so that prison staff can have more direct contact with the prisoners.
The buildings were arranged around landscaped courtyards, with landscaped lots including four soccer fields.
There will be a central hub for education, vocational training and social institutions.
Older prisons have been criticized for overcrowding and filthy conditions in recent years.
HMP Five Wells won’t hold the most dangerous prisoners.
When the construction of the prison was announced, then-prison secretary Rory Stewart said, “Providing adequate conditions and regimes for criminals is key to changing their lives and, ultimately, protecting the public.”