MZA was appointed by the Irish Prison Service to undertake a series of building refurbishments, including changes of use, for facilities at Cloverhill, Wheatfield and Portlaoise prisons. The works involved the complete replacement of the building services installations, including alarm and security equipment and the interface back to the site wide infrastructure. All works were undertaken adjacent to live facilities, which had to be maintained in operation during the works. MZA undertook the detailed surveys of the existing facilities in order to develop and agree a brief with the client, detailed design of the agreed systems, construction stage progress reports, commissioning witnessing and completed project certification.
At Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, the works involved the change of use for the existing 3-storey accommodation wing into a national unit to accommodate violent and highly disruptive prisoners. The integrated, multi-agency facility combines prison service operations with healthcare, psychology and occupational therapy and includes prisoner interview rooms, kitchen facilities and a small gym.
At Cloverhill and Wheatfield Prisons, the existing 2-storey buildings were refurbished to provide enhanced living accommodation within more modern and appealing environments for prisoners who have engaged with an Integrated Sentence Management Plan, to assist with rehabilitation and eventual release.
All facilities were opened and occupied in August and September 2018.