Dungavel immigration removal centre
Address and contact information
Dungavel House immigration removal centre
Main switchboard number: 01698 395 000.
This number has a menu system which gives various options for information on the centre.
Fax: 01698 395 067
Dungavel is a former Hunting Lodge owned by the Duke of Hamilton, also previously an open prison operated by the Scottish prison service. It was bought by the Home Office in 2000 and opened as an immigration removal centre (IRC) in September 2001.
UK Border Agency manager: Lee Beach
Dungavel is managed by GEO on behalf of the UK Border Agency.
Reception times: 24 hours
Bed spaces - 217
There is a separate learning and resource centre, which caters for an extensive range of activities, such as English classes, sewing, arts and crafts, world cuisine (separate kitchen annex), IT and the internet cafe.
An optician is also appointed to attend the centre on a fortnightly basis.
there are several paid work opportunities available including hygiene monitors, grounds officers and servery assistants.
Car - Leave the M74 at junction 8, head for Kilmarnock on the A71, passing Stonehouse and through Strathaven. After the second mini-roundabout in Strathaven take the first left onto the B743. Dungavel is 6 miles along this road on the left hand side after a row of houses called Hamilton Drive.
There is no public transport available to the centre.
Bus - GEO provide a bus service between the removal centre and Hamilton bus and railway station. The service will operate each day of the week commencing at 13:30 with the last bus departing the removal centre at 21:00 each day. The journey time is 30 minutes.
13:00 depart Hamilton 13:30 arrive Dungavel
15:30 depart Dungavel 16:00 arrive Hamilton
16:00 depart Hamilton 16:30 arrive Dungavel
18:15 depart Dungavel 18:45 arrive Hamilton
18:45 depart Hamilton 19:15 arrive Dungavel
20:30 depart Dungavel 21:00 arrive Hamilton
Tel: 01698 395 000
Social visits - 13:30 to 20:30
Visitors do not need to book, but it is often helpful if a visitor is using the bus to call and notify GEO. A visitor can stay all afternoon and evening if they wish, there is no time restriction. The evening meal is also available to visitors if they wish to partake.
All visitors need to bring 1 of the following; a passport (including foreign passports and travel documents recognised by HM Government European Community), an identity card, or a photographic driving licence (paper and photograph sections). Or 2 of the following; birth/marriage certificate, rail or bus pass with photograph, employer's I.D. or student card, young persons proof of age card, trade union membership card, senior citizen travel pass issued by a local authority or a benefits book.
Visitors can bring clothes, toiletries and cash for detainees. They cannot bring food. All other unauthorised items are listed on notices at the gate and visitor?s reception. Any items brought for detainees will be logged and searched, before being given to the detainee by GEO or placed in their stored property. The visitor will receive a receipt for any cash. The visitor cannot personally hand any items to detainees.
Legal visits: 09:00 to 12:00 then 13:30 to 21:00. Separate rooms available.
Detention services now operate a policy which restricts the amount of baggage detainees can have in the centre.
GEO will keep any valuable property at the detainee's request, including cash. Cash is held in a separate account which detainees can access at any time, or use to buy items in the shop using the cash-less system. Detainees may have a maximum of £20 cash per day in their possession. A currency exchange system is also available at no charge.