Amey installs smart meters in UK prisons

  • August 22, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Construction engineering company Amey is helping the UK government install smart meters in 36 prisons in a bid to hit net zero.

British firm Amey provides complex facilities and asset management services to the public sector. It is supporting the prison service to meet its net zero commitments by leading on a smart meter installation project across 36 prison sites.

The project will help deliver a number of benefits across the estate. Governors and estate managers will be given the ability to gain detailed information about their current energy usage and identify areas where energy is being wasted. Using data from the smart meters, the Amey team can then work alongside the client to create a plan that will help reduce energy usage. 

Smart meters also help with energy resilience by reducing the chances of power cuts. This is important in a secure environment such as a prison. 

Amey, which went live with the smart meter programme this month, already delivers facilities and estate management services, including planned and reactive maintenance, cleaning, and project management into 60 gaols. It was awarded the project following collaborative discussions on energy transition with Amey.

“As an organisation we are completely focused on supporting our clients on their energy transition journeys,” said Peter Mathieson, Amey business director. “By helping them take small, incremental steps to improve usage and data capturing, we can support them in their wider strategy around net zero.”

Geoff McManus, account director responsible for the delivery of the project, added: “This is just one example where Amey’s project team is advising the client on the topic of energy and carbon management. We know that the public sector has big ambitions to meet on their journey to net zero and our team of experts can help them access funding and make smarter decisions around lifecycle spend.”

Amey is also working with the prison service to apply for government funding that will enable the delivery of more energy and carbon reduction schemes.

Amey ( provides full life-cycle engineering, operations and decarbonisation for transport infrastructure and complex facilities. Its purpose is to deliver sustainable infrastructure. The firm combins expertise in consulting, design, advisory, analytics, transport infrastructure and complex facilities to design, manage and maintain assets throughout their lifetime.