Political News Updates

15.06.2014

Secure Colleges: Leicestershire

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the differences are between the current design for the secure college in Leicestershire and the plans for a young offender institute at Glen Parva drawn up in 2009 by HLM Architects. [200044]

Jeremy Wright: The secure college will be a step change from the traditional custodial environment of bars on windows and the initial design draws on innovation and learning from developments of community based schools and colleges. Although the secure college will be fundamentally different from a young offenders institution, we are making use of the previous work where relevant.

The plans drawn up in 2009 were focused on delivering facilities specifically designed for young people, albeit a different cohort. It is therefore inevitable there will be similarities between the design solutions. However, present designs are fully reflective of the broader cohort a secure college could take and the accommodation has been configured accordingly to ensure their safety and well-being.