With a vegetable patch next to the coach park and a grass roof onto of a petrol station, the concept for green motorway services is a bit off-base at first glance. However, the planners behind the new Gloucester Gateway project valued at £35m seem to feel otherwise given the project was approved. Its purpose is to create a more carbon-conscious motorway stop.
The new roadside services will be located near Cotswolds centred between M5 motorway junctions 11a and 12 and will offer thousands of cars a week a chance to fuel up while reducing carbon emissions by banning food supplies and fast food chains in a circular 30 mile radius.
Environmental campaigners are against the new application because they fear it will ruin the natural beauty of the designated area and that it will only encourage more people to drive instead of helping to reduce the carbon emissions along motorways.
Westmorland, which is the developer behind the project, stated that it will be finished sometime in 2013 and will meet all Department of Transport guidelines while only running on about 20% of the energy that a traditional service area would.
Car parks will also be available for electric vehicles in need of a charging point and the filing station will be made so that in the future it can support bio-fuel pumps. Inside of the service area lunch will be a local farm roast instead of a typical fast food stand.
The buildings will be crafted out of douglas fir and the overall design of the building is meant to look ‘rural and homely.’