Harmondsworth currently has a capacity of 615, which makes it the largest detention centre in Europe. It holds only men and the security in several of the wings is comparable to a Category B (high security) prison. Harmondsworth is run by a private security company called Mitie, under contract to the UK Border Agency.
The last inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons took place in 2010. The report noted improvements, but nevertheless showed areas of deep concern.
Visitors must show photo ID and proof of address, e.g. a bill or bank statement. On arrival, photographs and electronic fingerprints are taken. Visitors leave all belongings in a locker, go through a metal detector and are searched, before they are accompanied to the Visitors Room.Visiting hours are 2pm-8:30pm daily, including weekends and public holidays.
Middlesex UB7 0HB
Tel: 020 8283 3850
Fax: 020 8283 3851
Train – The nearest stations are Hatton Cross, West Drayton, Uxbridge.
Trains run regularly from London Paddington to West Drayton, and the centres are a 15 minute bus journey on U3 or 350.
Buses – West Drayton and Uxbridge to Hatch Lane. Bus U3.
Hounslow West to Longford Village. Bus 81.
From M4 West – Exit junction 5. Take 3rd exit at roundabout onto A4 sign posted Colnbrook. Head towards London along A4 for approximately 3 miles. Pass over motorway and continue straight ahead at the traffic lights. After the lights take the next road on the left (after a row of houses), signposted BT, and Harmondsworth IRC is the building on the left hand side.
From M4 East – Exit junction 4A onto M4 spur road towards Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 & 3. At ‘Concorde’ roundabout take 2nd exit towards Slough onto the A4. Travel for approximately 1 mile, until you reach a set of traffic lights, turn right at the lights and continue until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout turn right to come back down the road you travelled and at the lights turn right to bring you back on the A4. After the lights take the next road on the left (after a row of houses), signposted BT, and Harmondsworth IRC is the building on the left hand side.
From M25 – Exit junction 14 onto A3113 (Airport Way) towards Heathrow Terminal 4 and cargo. At next roundabout take 1st exit onto A3044 towards Colnbrook / Longford. At next roundabout continue straight ahead until you reach as set of traffic lights. Turn right at the lights and take the next road on the left (after a row of houses), signposted BT, and Harmondsworth IRC is the building on the left hand side.
Limited parking available to visitors.