20 May 2021 10am – 12pm Webinar Online

This roundtable is now FULLY BOOKED

techUK is delighted to be working with the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to deliver a 2-part interactive session exploring prison design and future tech innovation.

Note to atteendees - as this is an interactive session, we ask that attendees please come prepared to get involved in the roundtable discussion. Questions will be asked to attendees (these will be shared in advance) and also opportunites for you as the audience to ask questions. This is a great opportunity to get involved and discuss the role of technology in existing and future prison builds. 

Please see details for Session two below. For details on Session One, please click here.

Session two

It was announced at 2021’s Spending Review that over £4billion worth of capital funding was being committed to making significant progress in delivering 18,00 additional prison places across England and Wales by the mid-2020’s. These 18,000 prison places include the 10,000 places being made available through:

  • the construction of four new prisons
  • the expansion of a further four prisons
  • refurbishment of the existing prison estate and
  • the completion of our ongoing prison builds at Glen Parva and HMP Five Wells.

New programmes will also provide additional prison places and contribute to the 18,000. These programmes of work will provide safe, decent, and secure environments to support effective rehabilitation.

The scale of the prison build programme offers an opportunity to embed new technologies at scale. If there are new technologies on the horizon that are likely to be adopted as standard, we want to do what we can now to ensure new prison design is compatible. This will make it easier to integrate new technology as it is developed and will hopefully help future-proof our long-term estates strategy. We want to benefit from the tech industry’s insight into what the future of tech in the UK will look like. 

Session two seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What are the transformative technologies shaping our prison system of tomorrow?
  • Which technologies are likely to be adopted as standard in the next 10 – 20 years?
  • How can these technologies be used in prisons to support:
    • Reduction of reoffending rates
    • Security
    • Safety
    • Rehabilitation
    • Delivery of key services
    • Maintaining family ties
  • What are the barriers to adoption?
  • ‘Connected Justice’ and the introduction of new technologies
  • How can we ensure future design is compatible for future innovations?
  • What should we endeavour to avoid in the design or build of the new estate so that we don’t inhibit future digital progress?


Welcome and House Keeping – Georgie Henley, techUK

MoJ Introduction and Scene Setting – Sophie Otter and Malcolm Casimir

techUK Member Presentations

  • Brendan Swarbrick, Sopra Steria
  • Alastair Thorburn and Brian Duffy, HPE
  • Justin Day, Cloud Gateway

Roundtable Discussion

Summary and Next Steps – Georgie Henley

Closing Remarks and Thanks – Georgie Henley

Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Programme Manager, Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Charlie Wyatt

Programme Assistant, techUK

Georgina Maratheftis

Georgina Maratheftis

Programme Head, Local Public Services, techUK