An artist impression of what the prison could look like
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New super prison site on Wrexham Industrial Estate

The location for north Wales' new 2,000-inmate super-prison has been announced by the Ministry of Justice.

The £250m jail will be built on the Welsh government-owned former Firestone site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, creating 1,000 jobs.

The closure of four prisons - Reading in Berkshire, Dorchester in Dorset, Blundeston in Suffolk and Northallerton in North Yorkshire was also announced.

There are also plans to replace Feltham Young Offenders Institution in London.

In north Wales, two sites in Wrexham had been shortlisted for the new jail - both on the same industrial estate - but the owners of one of them told BBC Wales last week it believed it was out of the running.

Matthew Richards reports live from Wrexham, for BBC Wales Today.

Site chosen for £250m super-prison

  • 04 Sep 2013