ABOUT THE BUILDING
The Living Unit at Thameside prison (formally known as Belmarsh West) is the first prison building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding. The building is part of a completely new prison facility procured by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and operated by Serco. The whole development comprises 10 new prison buildings including a sports hall, reception, kitchen, vocational training workshops and a health and education unit.
The Living Unit is a four-storey precast concrete framed building providing 600 prison cells, dining and association space, and ancillary office and building management spaces, with the plant room in the roof void.
All buildings at the new facility were required to achieve a minimum BREEAM rating of Excellent as a contract requirement, reflecting the MoJ’s commitment to sustainability.