Britain's First Student Prison?

Posted by Kristina Murkett

Some student rooms have often been compared to a prison - but what if they actually were a prison?

Plans are currently underway to transform Shrewsbury's Dana Prison into a student accommodation development for up to 200 undergraduates.

Trevor Osborne, chairman of the Osborne group which purchased the prison for a seven figure sum last year, said that: 'We have drawn up some very imaginative proposals for a mixed use development with accommodation for student housing within the cell blocks. It seemed to us it would make very good student accommodation within a completely changed and improvement landscaped environment whilst still retaining the original architecture.'

Mr. Osborne also hinted in January that the Dana project could be linked to University Centre Shrewbury, which was set up in partnership with the University of Chester. UCS will welcome its first undergraduates in September, and eventually the university campus is expected to cater for up to 2000 students.

The prison, which dates back to 1877, was closed by the Ministry of Justice in March 2012 as part of plans to save £63m.

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