Motorway operator, Welcome Break have reopened Fleet Services South at junction 4a/5 on the M3 following a £20m investment project.

The new service station replaces the temporary structure that was installed following a major fire in December 2016 at the original building.

Waldeck was appointed by Welcome Break to deliver the mechanical and electrical engineering design services.

Andy Inkson, Waldeck’s Project Director on the scheme, shared: “As with any project, collaboration is key, we liaised with the fit-out team to determine exact power, gas, ventilation and water requirements of individual tenancies.

“Waldeck developed several intelligent design concepts for the project, which enables the new building to provide an environment focussed on optimal Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), health and wellbeing:

  • Intelligent daylight tracking: Improving the building design by actively and organically enhancing the interior light quality whilst relieving the HVAC systems.
  • Ventilation design: Using a mixed mode ventilation system which utilises opening vents on the building whenever internal and external conditions permit, and then uses a variable volume air handling cooling system to cool the space when natural ventilation isn’t possible

Andy concluded; “The team and I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Welcome Break and their supply chain on this project and we look forward to strengthening that relationship further in the future.”

Following the reopening, road users will now be able to enjoy a break at the service station which houses Starbucks, Little Waitrose, KFC, Burger King, Harry Ramsdens, Tossed, Pizza Express and a seating area for 166 people.