The Secure Hospital: Planning the New Holloway
The Holloway redevelopment project was regarded as a quite exceptional and daunting enterprise marked by an unparalleled scale and ambition. All prison-building is formidable, not unlike the planning and construction of a small town with all its utilities, but with additional requirements of surveillance and discipline unknown to most civil design. Reconstructing Holloway prison was without precedent, requiring uncommon powers of management as, side by side, the old prison was razed and the new prison erected, inmates and staff were shuffled about, buildings were evacuated and replaced, and temporary security fences and gates were manoeuvred about the site. The project was both the first prison specifically built for women in Britain and an extraordinary prison in its own right. The character of the new prison was foreshadowed, the participation of the medical specialists and the Department of Health clearly signifying Holloway's medical future.
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