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Gloucester Services

Gloucester Services

Commercial & Leisure


Location: Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire
Architect: Glenn Howells Architects
Client/Owner: Westmorland Ltd
Structural Engineer: BWB Consulting
Main Contractor/Builder: Buckingham Group
Joinery Company & Wood Supplier: B & K Structures
Post Contract (Construction) Architect: AFL Architects
Quantity Surveyor & Project Management: Frank Whittle Partnership
Planning & Landscape Architect: Pegasus Planning Group
Wood Species: European Spruce

Situated in the Cotswold countryside, Gloucester Services consists of two main retail facilities and two petrol stations. The £45m project has no franchised brands. Instead, locally sourced, homemade food is produced in its kitchens at the heart of the buildings and in local farm shops. The project is the brainchild of the Dunning family, founders of Westmorland Ltd, who opened their first Motorway Service Area in Cumbria in 1972 when the M6 was built through their hill farm. Their farming background inspired the barn-like environment of the project. The buildings blend with the environment with very little impact on the immediate landscape and long-distance views. Excavated materials from the construction site were re-used in the landscaping, which along with the building itself, act as a barrier to motorway sound. Internally the glu-lam roof is left exposed and the retaining walls are dressed in Cotswold dry stone.