Berwyn prison information
In 2014, permission was granted for the North Wales Prison to be built in Wrexham. Berwyn was officially named on the 17th of February 2016, and opened on 27th of February 2017. Built on a former Firestone Tyre site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, Berwyn is the largest prison in England and Wales and is the second largest prison in Europe.
Berwyn is a smoke-free closed rehabilitation establishment which holds 2,106 category C men. There are three houses. Alwen, Bala and Ceiriog. Ceiriog will function as a short term and remand house, serving two Crown Courts and three Magistrates Courts in North Wales. Each house is divided into eight communities that can accommodate up to 88 men. Ogwen is our Care and Support Unit (CaSU), and accommodates up to 21 men. The entire site is comprised of modern buildings. There is also a substantial expansion zone.
Governor: Russ Trent
Address:HM Prison Berwyn
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Telephone: 01978 523000
Category: Male, Category C Establishment
Certified normal accommodation:2,106
Region: North Wales
Regional Manager: Simon Boddis, Deputy Director of Custody for Wales
Escort Area/Contractor: GEOAmey
Local County Authority:Wrexham
Local District Authority: Wrexham
Constabulary: North Wales
Probation Service: Wrexham/North Wales
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) Latest Report: Uninspected
Reception criteria: 18+, Cat C male establishment. Sentenced to 4 or more. Berwyn does not accept men with convictions for sexual offences. There is no vulnerable person accommodation
Rooms are a mixture of single and double occupancy. All rooms have integral sanitation including a shower cubicle. Rooms are also furnished with a PIN phone and UniLink laptop for each occupant, allowing them to submit applications, order canteen, book visits etc. Phones and additional UniLink terminals are also available on the communities.