NG Bailey, the independent Engineering, IT and facilities services company, has completed ahead of schedule, a £2.4m project that brings to life the first of a new breed of modern motorway service stations – and has now started its role in creating the second.
Working in partnership with main contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, the Ilkley-headquartered company secured a design and build contract for all mechanical, electrical and power work at the flagship £40m Gloucester Services.
With a strikingly different look, the service station features Cotswold stone walls, a grass roof and will eventually include a lake and beehives so honey can be produced on site.
The project pooled the experience of NG Bailey’s Engineering and IT Services divisions, working in tandem with its dedicated Offsite Manufacture facility in Bradford, to accelerate the installation process and improve health and safety onsite.
Together, they were responsible for the installation of all heating and ventilation, domestics, electrical low voltage panels and power distribution, small power; internal and external lighting, fire alarms, CCTV and data systems.
This helped to ensure end-client Gloucester Gateway Ltd was able to move into the facility ahead of project completion to carry out staff familiarisation and training before opening to the public.
David Thomas, operations director for NG Bailey’s Engineering division, said: “The opening of Gloucester services heralds the start of a new era for the UK motorway network and the millions of drivers who use it every year.
“The unique building shape and size made the coordination and installation of services more difficult than usual yet our team rose to the challenge, including harnessing 3D computer-aided design technology for the delivery of plant rooms.
“We also used our specialist offsite manufacturing team for bracketry and distribution board assembles which ensured optimum quality and reduced installation times on site.
“We are delighted to play such an important role in its creation and we are now looking to extend the concept further by working on the southbound service station, due to open in summer next year (2015).”
The project also has a charitable arm called Gloucestershire Gateway Trust to make sure the business provides good jobs and to plough money into local social regeneration schemes.
The service station will donate a percentage of its profits to the Trust – an estimated £10m over 20 years – to spend on community projects.