THE new Low Moss prison in Bishopbriggs will accept its first prisoner in March next year.
HM Prison Low Moss will provide 700 cells as well as facilities to help prisoners address their reoffending and reintegrate into the community on their release from prison.
The Herald understands that all but 80 cells have been built on a one-prisoner-to-one-cell basis.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service told the Herald that Low Moss was being classified as neither a ‘low security’ or ‘high security’ jail, as this is an English system of designating prisons.
A huge campaign opposing plans to name the new jail HMP Bishopbriggs culminated in prison bosses agreeing to call the facility Low Moss in May 2009.
Hundreds of residents and a number of politicians signed an online petition objecting to the negative connotations of the prison directly being identified with Bishopbriggs.
The new facility currently under construction is to replace the outdated prison accommodation that had previously occupied most of the site.
It originally started out as a barrage balloon station at the beginning of the Second World War.
The original HM Prison Low Moss accommodated up to 327 prisoners in mainly dormitory accommodation – much of which was in the form of wooden buildings.
The prison was closed in May 2007.
The buildings were subsequently demolished and the site cleared ready for a new prison to be built.
The prison plans include the provision of programmes to address offending, education and vocational skills.
Any questions about the HM Prison Low Moss project can be raised by contacting the SPS – LMQuery@sps.pnn.gov.uk