Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP is urging construction companies in north Wales to seize the business opportunities presented by the proposed development of the North Wales Prison.
Local businesses in Wrexham and north east Wales are being invited to a “Local Supplier Engagement Event” (14 & 15 January), at Redwither Tower on Wrexham’s Industrial Estate, where they will have the opportunity to meet the construction companies bidding to build the proposed prison.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced in September this year that a new 2,000 place prison will be built in on the former Firestone site in Wrexham, north Wales.
Pending planning approval, work on the biggest prison in England and Wales will begin on-site next summer, and will be fully operational by late 2017.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones, is encouraging Welsh companies within the construction sector to attend the supplier engagement event, and use the opportunity to show demonstrate the quality and skills of the Welsh workforce.
David Jones said:
This Government believes strongly that improving British infrastructure is vitally important to delivering the long-term balanced economic growth that this country needs.
The £250 million worth of investment in a new prison in Wrexham is a development that will not only improve prisoner welfare, but will also be of significant boost to the economy of north east Wales.
It is set to create up to 1,000 jobs and contribute around £23m per annum, providing huge construction opportunities and great possibilities for local businesses.
I want to ensure that north Wales companies take advantage of this unique opportunity, show that we have some of the very best suppliers, and demonstrate the quality of our work and the value we can offer.
The event is for the construction phase only. A similar event will be held at a later date for the operational element of the prison.
Examples of trades required include general building services, hoteliers, catering, alarm systems, cleaning, fencing, electrical services, metalwork fabrication, painting and decorating, agency labour supplies, plastering, security, waste management, printing.
Businesses looking to secure an appointment at the event are asked to register here by Monday 6 January 2014 at the latest.
Notes to editors
The event will be held at the Redwither Tower on Wrexham’s Industrial Estate on 14 and 15 January, and is free of charge. Companies will be designated a time slot on either date for a maximum of one hour to meet with the construction companies.
The event is subject to the outcome of the outline planning application which has been submitted to the Planning Department.