Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre
Serco was awarded the contract to design, build and operate Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in 2002; the 8 year contract became operational in 2004, in 2010 UK Border Agency (now UK Visas and Immigration) extended the contract for a further 2 years.
Colnbrook is one of the most secure immigration removal centres within the UK Visas and Immigration estate. It is built to a category B prison standard and is designed to manage the more challenging, higher risk and volatile type of detainee within the UK Visas and Immigration estate, many of whom arrive directly from the prison estate.
Since it opened in 2004 more than 80,000 detainees have passed through the centre, making it one of the busiest removal centres in the UK. Most detainees are awaiting removal abroad. The centre provides 318 spaces in the long term facility for adult male detainees and a small number of females. This includes four large accommodation units, a first, last night unit/induction unit for 80 detainees in twin rooms, healthcare suite, secure unit, female unit and an enhanced regime unit. HM Revenue and Customs are contained within a separate facility, consisting of 9 cells and is operated under Revenue and Customs laws.
Our staff at Colnbrook IRC deliver a variety of services to the detainees in our care including meeting their basic spiritual and physical needs, their healthcare requirements and providing education to better prepare them to reintegrate into society.