Subject: Gloucester services: local communities set to benefit as building starts
Local communities set to benefit as building starts on Gloucester services
Building begins on Gloucester Services, the motorway service area between junctions 11a and 12 of the M5, just outside Gloucester. The northbound services will be developed first and will take around 15 months to build, opening in time for summer 2014.
The £40 million project has attracted much attention due to its innovative partnership between a local charity and a business, Westmorland Limited. The charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, will generate income from Gloucester services to support nearby target communities as well as charity partners in Gloucester and Stonehouse. The project will also seek to create as many build related and permanent job opportunities as possible for these areas.
Westmorland limited, a family business which operates the well known Tebay Services in Cumbria, widely recognised as the innovator in its industry, is committed to taking its community approach down to Gloucestershire. Chief Executive Sarah Dunning said ‘We are delighted the project is starting so that we can get the local community benefits flowing and help raise Gloucestershire’s profile with the 50 million of travellers who pass the site each year’
Buckingham Group, a family owned construction company from Buckinghamshire, is building the motorway service area. They are working closely with the developers to ensure that the community oriented approach is also reflected in the construction. Tristan Tregartha, Buckingham's project manager commented “This is not your typical construction project. I have been based in GL Communities offices in Matson since last August in order to ensure that we get to know the local communities and can work towards employing as many local people as possible. Spending 6 months based within the community before the build starts has been invaluable.'
Tristan has worked closely with Mark Gale of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust to build a list of around 200 people from local communities who are interested in employment opportunities during the construction phase and when Gloucester services opens.
The community cafe co-op in Matson, 'On Toast Gateway', a project initiated by Mark Gale as a way of both providing a community service as well as creating an ultimate stepping stone into permanent employment at Gloucester services, is doing the on site catering for the Buckingham contractors, ensuring builders will be filled with delicious local toasties every day. Builders will enjoy flavours varying from the Big Breakfast to the ‘Matsoner’ all made using local Hobbs bread. The community co-op is jointly owned by Redwell Road Youth Centre, GL Communities, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and On Toast and profits will go back into the community.
Mark Gale, who runs the charity Gloucestershire Gateway Trust said, 'This is an exciting moment for us. After 5 years of planning and development, this innovative project is finally coming to fruition. At this important moment I want to thank our charity partners who have helped us make this possible particularly the Summerfield Trust, Tudor Trust, Lankellychase and the Gloucestershire Community Foundation. This is a moment to celebrate the sustainable community good that can be generated when a brilliant business and innovative charities work together'
Press invitation to Photo call
You are invited to a photo call on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 12 noon. Meet at the On Toast Gateway, Matson Avenue GL4 6LL just before 12 noon from where a minibus will take you to the site. Sturdy shoes are strongly advised as we have to walk about 100 metres up a track to get onto site. There will be an opportunity for press photos and interviews with Sarah Dunning CEO of Westmorland and Mark Gale from Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. Proceedings will finish at 1.15pm
Notes to editor: For more information, please call Claire Logan-Stephens at Westmorland on07920058309
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust was set up in 2007 with the aim of bringing social and economic regeneration to the county through the function of a Motorway Services Area on the M5. Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust is Mark Gale who is previous winner of UK Social entrepreneur of the year. The Chair of the Trustees is Charles Fisher, a leading local business man
Westmorland Limited is a family business based in Cumbria made up of Tebay Services (north and southbound) Junction 38 roadside services, The Westmorland Hotel and The Rheged Centre, Cumbria largest indoor attraction and conference centre. Westmorland Ltd employs 500 people and has a strong track record of delivery
Tebay Motorway Services is universally voted the best in the UK by Egon Ronay, the ‘Which’ Guide and Visit England who in a rigorous national inspection of motorway services across England – awarded Tebay services south the first and only 5 stars. Tebay services has the only farm shops on a British motorway, voted “Britain’s best local retailer” by Radio 4 and recently won The Royal Agricultural Society of England’s ‘Excellence in Practical Farming and Business Award’ in recognition of farm diversification and the Dunning family's commitment to countryside stewardship
Westmorland Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 53 578 57 Our registered office is at Westmorland Place, Orton, Penrith, Cumbria , CA10 3SB