HMP Lowdham Grange opened in February 1998 to hold 500 male adult prisoners. The original concept was that it would be an ‘industrial prison’ with an indicative profile of 300 prisoners. Both the purpose and the size have changed significantly and the focus in activities has moved towards gaining accredited skills. House block 3 opened in May 2007 providing 128 additional prisoner places and house blocks 4 and 5 in February 2010 with 260 additional prisoner places. Two hundred of these places are now occupied by indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) prisoners.
The prison is operated by Serco Limited and is part of the East Midland region. There are five house blocks, two of which consist of four wings each and three of two wings and can hold 894 men. The director of the prison is Mark Hanson, who has been in charge since November 2016.