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SD Sealants paves the way for UK’s first “super-prison”

Wrexham prison is set to be UK’s largest detention centre.

The UK’s leading sealant company, SD Sealants, is working on one of its biggest projects to date.

HMP Berwyn will be the largest prison in the UK, with the capacity to hold 2,100 inmates, and has enlisted the team at SD Sealants to assist with the development of its expansive building.

The facility, which opened its doors in February, will become fully operational this autumn and will comprise of three wings, each housing 702 men.

These include Bala, which opened in February, Alwen, which was set to open in May and Ceiriog, which was scheduled to take prisoners in July.

The prison also has new gyms, five-a-side pitches, a library and a visiting room with a play area for children, and has been an elaborate and extensive project.

The SD Sealants team has been working on the ancillary buildings including the college, health care centre, kitchen, workshops, multi-faith centre, the sports block, visitors building and reception buildings.

They have also been carrying out sealant work on the house blocks 108A and 108B, which require help with floors, furniture and beds.

Mark Wheeler, West Midlands Contract Manager for SD, has been overseeing the sealant work carried out on the prison for the past ten months, and has been impressed by the high standards and facilities on offer at the site.

Mark said: “It’s been exciting to work on such a unique project, and this is definitely going to be an impressive building once it’s fully up and running.

The SD team have been doing a first-rate job so far and we’re really happy with the high standard of work being carried out.”

SD Sealants, which provides sealant application, cosmetic repairs and tiling for commercial businesses, homeowners and house builders, celebrated its most successful month of business this May.

Managing Director of SD Sealants, Nick Jones, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the progress made already this year.

May saw us producing the highest turnover to date, with the largest workforce under our roof, and to top it off we also have a number of great projects like the HMP Berwyn at Wrexham ongoing.”

Launched in 1973, SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant.

Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the UK’s largest sealant companies, with eight offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

In that time, SD Sealants has extended its services to include cosmetic building repairs, and as of this year, has introduced a new tiling service to its portfolio.

Nick added: “We are an ambitious company and we intend to continue expanding and taking on exciting new projects like these as the year goes on.

Wrexham super prison has been a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate our high standard of work on such a unique building, and we hope to partner with Lendlease again in the future.”

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