Holloway Prison

Holloway: 5,000 or 500 homes?

In late August news sources reported that commercial property consultants Bilfinger GVA have been instructed to advise on the sale of the Holloway prison land and up to 5,000 flats were to be built on the site with an end value in excess of £2 billion.  Yesterday the Ministry of Justice confirmed the appointment of Bilfinger GVA, but there are good reasons to be wary about the reports of space for thousands of homes.

Who will prison building 'revolution' benefit?

Maureen Mansfield and Hannah Pittaway writing for the Left Foot Forward website outline some of the issues arising from the forthcoming closure of Holloway prison - the only women's prison in London. They argue that

The closure of Holloway appears to be neither for the benefit of women or Londoners. However, it can be used as an opportunity to frame a new conversation around imprisonment, social justice and social housing.

Holloway redevelopment plan a 'public scandal'

Plans to replace Holloway prison with expensive housing, unaffordable to most Londoners, have drawn criticism. It is not the first controversy to have dogged the future of the Holloway site.

The current prison was built in the 1970s and 1980s, replacing the original nineteenth century prison. The prison is in the Islington North Constituency, represented by the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.


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