Inside Britain’s first privately-run mega prison which has no bars on windows and river views

With bar-free windows and river views, the first inmate will arrive at £253million at the mega-jail in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire next January after months of construction.

The mega prison in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, will hold 1,680 inmates

The windows will not have bars and some will have a river view

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The windows will not have bars and some will have a river view

The blocks have been built in cross shapes with jail designers ditching the usual K-shaped formation of prison housing blocks

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The blocks have been built in cross shapes with jail designers ditching the usual K-shaped formation of prison housing blocks

New photos show a light and airy double room and single room at Her Majesty’s Prison Five Wells, with brightly coloured walls and unobstructed views over the beautiful River Nene and a fishing lake.

It will hold up to 1,680 inmates – making it England’s biggest jail – and has just been structurally finished, with works due to be completed by October.

HMP Five Wells tweeted: “Been a busy day on site today but took the opportunity to grab a couple of pics for you.

One of a double room, there are 84 in total, and one of the single rooms with the FANTASTIC barless window …albeit not the best view at present #bestprisonever.”

The category C jail is seen as a flagship example of the Government’s aim to create a “modern, efficient prison estate that is fit for the future” and will have a clear focus on rehabilitating offenders.

It has been built on the site of the former HMP Wellingborough site, which closed in 2012, and held a maximum of 650 adult male inmates.

The first inmate will arrive at the privately run jail on January 8 next year

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The first inmate will arrive at the privately run jail on January 8 next year
The rooms have brightly coloured wallsThe jail will have a clear focus on rehabilitating offenders
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The jail will have a clear focus on rehabilitating offenders 

The prison build has been handled by Kier group, using pre-cast components containing recycled materials and the roof is covered with solar panels.

New aerial photos also show the landscaped grounds, which include a horticultural area and four football pitches, where prisoners can exercise.

The jail designers have ditched the usual K-shaped formation of prison housing blocks and instead used seven staggered cross-shaped buildings.

The K-block style has been favoured since Victorian times, with the idea that a single prison officer could be placed in the centre of the radial arms of corridors and survey all the cells quickly.

The new cross-shaped buildings mean the corridors are broken up into smaller zones, rather than miles of long corridors, which will enable prison staff to have more direct contact with prisoners.

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