Community Plan for Holloway

Prison sales no 'cash cow'

Building magazine examines progress on the government's new-build prisons programme concluding that the sale of 'old Victorian' prisons is unlikely to be a 'cash cow' for the Treasury.

The article questions the profitability and viability of closing and selling old prisons to fund new prisons. Complications include the cooling of the property market, the pressure from local authorities to maximise affordable homes on prison sites, and the high costs of redeveloping listed buildings.

Give Holloway prison visitors' centre to local community

We are supporting local organisations in their call for the Ministry of Justice to open the visitors' centre at the former Holloway prison site in Islington.

Holloway prison closed in 2016. It is likely to be several years before any redevelopment of the site is completed. Just outside the prison walls is a building that was used as a visitors’ centre for those visiting prisoners. The building is modern, accessible and child-friendly. It was also built using charitable funds.

Redevelop Reading prison to benefit local community

The redevelopment of the former Reading prison should benefit the local community, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has said.

The former prison has been hosting an arts exhibition – Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison – since September, attracting over 50,000 visitors.

Now Artangel, the exhibition organisers, have called for the Grade II-listed prison to remain as an arts centre on a permanent basis.

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