Sites sold two years ago under government cost-cutting plans

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been asked to turn two former prisons into new housing.

The schemes at Gloucester and Portsmouth will be developed by City & Country and are expected to see dozens of new homes built at the sites.

Exact details of how many homes will go up are being worked out under a consultation process currently being carried out but the developer has promised a mix of housing.

HMP Gloucester, which once held serial killer Fred West on remand, was sold to the developer last Christmas Eve with the city centre site home to a number of Grade II and II* listed buildings.

It was one of seven shut by the government two years ago – to save over £60 million in running costs – which included the prison at Portsmouth, called HMP Kingston. Grade II listed, this prison first opened in 1877 and mainly housed prisoners serving life sentences.

City & Country managing director Helen Moore said its work with FCB Studios on the grade II listed former Bristol General Hospital helped with its decision to appoint the firm. “[They have an] excellent reputation for working with listed buildings and for work designing innovative solutions on city centre re-development schemes.”

Planning applications for the two sites are due in by the end of the year with construction work due to begin towards the end of next year.