The construction of Gloucester Gateway Motorway Service Area is progressing well.
The Northbound section of the service station opened in May 2014 and works on the Southbound side are currently underway, with an estimated completion date of May 2015.
An extensive planning process has been undertaken in order to carry out the project. Premier Construction caught up with Nick Wiley, Project Manager of the Gloucester Gateway Motorway Service Area project, to find out more about the development. He told us that Gloucester Gateway Ltd, a subsidiary company of Westmorland Ltd, have opened the Gloucester Services in a bid to offer something new to motorway travellers.
Westmorland Ltd currently run Tebay Services in Cumbria, located on the M6, and have launched the new service space in Gloucester with the aim of replicating their popular Tebay Service site. Westmorland run their Tebay site independently and do not operate the retail outlets on a franchise basis, instead they manage all of the units themselves offering a very unique, specialised retail experience for visitors.
The Gloucester based service station contains an array of outlets serving a plethora of fresh, farmer’s market foods from local suppliers. Nick Wiley said that the station was designed in order to be environmentally friendly and sympathetic to the rural surroundings. He added:
“The service station lies on a Greenfield site and so there were a lot of planning constraints due to the two hills that lay either side of the motorway. The planners did not want the service station to be extremely visible from the surrounding hills. In order to achieve this we have fitted green roofs on the main building and petrol station and implemented lots of landscaped areas on the site. We have planted flowers and trees to hide the impact of the car park.”
The main contractors on the project were Buckingham Group Ltd and they have worked alongside AFL Architects in order to carry out the design and build contract. The project has progressed very smoothly with the first phase of works completing a week ahead of schedule and within budget. Nick said:
“The site has been an interesting build as we have basically buried it in the landscape. The whole principle of the service station is to comprise a sort of farmers market offering fresh, high quality produce to those travelling on the motorway.
“I am very proud to have worked on a project like this; it is not every day you get to work on a motorway service area especially not one like this.”