HMP Edinburgh

The new Gates building at HMP Edinburgh is part of the final phase of the comprehensive redevelopment of HMP Edinburgh undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service and is the civic face of the establishment. It provides controlled access for prisoners, staff and visitors.

HMP Edinburgh is classed as a ‘local’ or ‘community’ prison and receives prisoners from the courts across the east side of the central belt of Scotland. Holmes Miller provided Architectural and Lead Design services on phases 2 and 3 for framework contractor Carillion Building.

Holmes Miller worked in tandem with the SPS to lead the key stakeholders (SPS headquarters and local operational staff) through the brief development and concept design stages allowing the implementation of a creative and innovative design solutions through workshops, discussion, option appraisal and review. This ensured that the best value solution was delivered in each instance, and that all parties, were not only satisfied with, but felt a strong sense of ownership of, the final designs.

In his Annual Report 2008 – 2009, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Dr Andrew McLellan says; ‘New building work is also producing first-class “facility” buildings. The workshops, gym, prisoner reception area and health centre at Edinburgh Prison, for example, are quite exceptional’.


Carillion Building








D&B - Framework