Sodexo awarded £264m Notts prison contract

Sodexo’s government business has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to manage HMP Lowdham Grange in Nottinghamshire following a competitive tender process.

The new contract has an estimated value of £264m over a ten-year term, and MoJ has the option to extend for a further two one-year terms.

The contract commences on 16 February 2023 and will see Sodexo take responsibility for nearly 900 male prisoners and 500 staff at the category B prison.

Sodexo will be responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of HMP Lowdham Grange. The organisation will focus on reducing reoffending by helping prisoners to develop new skills.

Since 1993, Sodexo’s government business has worked with UK governments – helping to protect the public and rehabilitating offenders through its justice services and full operation of prisons.

Sodexo currently delivers the total operation of five prisons in England and Scotland, including HMP Addiewell, HMP Forest Bank and HMP Northumberland, which house male prisoners, as well as HMP & YOI Bronzefield, which holds female prisoners, and HMP Peterborough, the only dual purpose-built prison in the UK holding male and female prisoners.

Paul Anstey, CEO, Government, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said, “We are delighted to have won the HMP Lowdham Grange contract. Sodexo has a significant track record of managing prisons in the UK, and we will transfer this expertise and experience to this new contract.

“We look forward to working with our new colleagues at the prison to build on what has already been achieved, while introducing new initiatives and innovations. Our vision is to provide a secure and safe environment which reduces re-offending through education, builds new skills and offers respect, equality and inclusion.”