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As we prepare to take over this brand-new build category C prison in early 2023 to prepare for the first prisoners to arrive, we will be posting information to answer any questions you may have. HMP Fosse Way

As part of the Government’s investment in creating thousands of modern and innovative prison places with a view to truly rehabilitating prisoners, our Justice & Immigration business will operate HMP and YOI Fosse Way, a brand-new resettlement prison in Leicester from early 2023.  The 10-year contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will see Serco providing a secure, safe, and decent environment aimed at reducing re-offending, caring for and working with around 1,700 prisoners.

This prison is the second to be built in the UK designed with education, training, and jobs for prisoners on release as its main purpose.

Intended to cut crime and reduce reoffending, our goal is for prisoners to learn new skills and acquire training that will provide them with a viable opportunity to work in key industries when back in the community.

We will be working in partnership with local employers to offer opportunities for on-the-job training through release on temporary licence, designed to get those who have served their sentence straight into paid employment.  

Ground works being completed ready for construction of HMP Fosse Way

Once open, HMP Fosse Way will provide over 600 permanent jobs in a range of sectors including prison officer roles, healthcare, education, and administration. The main contractor at HMP Fosse Way is Lendlease, as of August 2022 so far during construction there has been:

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Employment within 25 miles
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Spent with local suppliers within 50 miles
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Spent with small and medium enterprises

Together with the Ministry of Justice, we are committed to tackling crime and keeping communities safer.

The story so far

HMP Fosse Way is built on the site previously occupied by HMP Glen Parva which closed it’s gates in 2017.  The competition to choose a new name for the prison was run by the HM Prison and Probation Service amongst the local community and after a six-week consultation, the name Fosse Way was chosen.  The origin of the name Fosse Way is deep rooted in South Leicestershire, and was a roman road originally built to link key areas such as Exeter, Lincoln, Bath and Leicester across the country. The name is also popular with a number of local businesses and venues so seemed a fitting choice.

The community has already played a central part in the new prison and we look forward to forging close ties with the people of South Leicestershire as we open the establishment in 2023.

Ground works being completed ready for construction of HMP Fosse Way

December 2020

HMP Fosse Way building site with cranes

May 2021

HMP Fosse Way buildings under construction

August 2022

Aerial view of the HMP Fosse Way prison on a misty day

November 2022

Aerial view of HMP Fosse Way buildings under construction

November 2022

Female prison officer standing on landing in prison wing

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