The centre is built on the model of Colnbrook IRC, close to Heathrow Airport, which is equivalent to a category B prison. As such it is considerably different to Tinsley, with higher levels of security and more restrictions on movement.
The building is composed of four accommodation wings, with a central activities area, to which detainees have restricted access. The vast majority of detainees are held in two-man cells. There is also a small seclusion unit with a few single cells, for detainees who are removed from general association, and another small unit to hold some detainees the night before their flight out of the UK.
Detainees are locked into their cells all night, and locked onto their wings at meal times. At other times, they can move freely in the central activities area, but they are not allowed onto the other wings. Meals are served on the wings, and there are a few facilities such as pool tables and computer games on each wing also. The central activities unit contains a library, computer rooms, gyms, religious prayer rooms and classrooms. There is also a visits room there, where social visitors, including GDWG volunteers, can meet up with detainees.
Visitors to Brook House must book a visit at least 24 hours in advance. \For more information please click here\ or call 01293 566559. All visitors must take along photographic ID, and be prepared to be searched on entry. Property can be dropped off, as long as it does not exceed the total weight limits allowed for each detainee.
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