Berwyn prison information

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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: Nick Leader

Address:HM Prison Berwyn
Bridge Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate
North Wales
LL13 9QE

Telephone: 01978 523000

Safer Custody Hot Line: 01978 523772

Category: Male, Category C Establishment

Certified normal accommodation:2,106

Operational Capacity:2,106

Region: North Wales

Regional Manager: Kenny Brown, Director of Public Sector Prisons in 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.

Inspection Report: HMP Berwyn - March 2019

Action Plan: HMP Berwyn - September 2019

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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