Vital work needed to cut safety risk at Swansea Prison
IMMEDIATE repairs are needed at Swansea Prison to prevent a potential risk to health and safety.
Swansea Council has received an application for remedial work at the prison, which was completed and became fully operational in its current state in 1861.
A statement submitted on behalf of Swansea Prison confirms stonework has degraded on several of the buildings, which are now forming a health and safety risk if work is not carried out immediately.
Work is needed to make safe any loose and splitting stonework. Prison bosses are keen to press ahead with a plan to de-scale and make safe repair works. And work is also planned to a secure corridor and maintenance platform in the prison, which will include the removal of loose slabs to a raised service duct and demolition of the security cross corridor linking to A Wing.
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A lightweight cross corridor will be formed with weldmesh gates and a roof in place of the demolished corridor.
A new security door will be installed within the corridor width to secure A Wing.
Windows to both the north and south elevations of A Wing have reached the end of their useful life without major refurbishment.
The existing windows to the cell block will be removed in sections, working from the outside, and fully refurbished and redecorated.
Architects working on behalf of the prison have confirmed there will be no impact on the historic listing of the building and the works will not affect community safety.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "HMP Swansea plans to carry out general maintenance on grade two listed parts of the prison, which requires planning permission. This work will be funded by existing budgets at no additional cost to taxpayers."