Gloucester's new £40million service station is beginning to take shape and the build is ahead of schedule.
The development, between M5 Junctions 11a and 12, is being built by Westmorland, which owns and runs Tebay services on the M6 in Cumbria, in partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.
Back in September The Citizen paid a visit to the site to check on the progress of the main building, filling station, car parks, outside eating area and slip roads. The hub was little more than a shell, while the rest of the site was very much work in progress.
However, the main building is now full of character with the interior beams adding a homely yet grand feel to the place.
Elsewhere, 450 tons of Cotswold stone has been delivered and is going up in the form of walling across the site.
Gavin Bastyan, head of Gloucester Services, said: “Work is going really well on the site and we are ahead of schedule.
“It’s difficult to put a date on when we hope to open because a lot could happen between now and then, weather could put us back for example, but we are working hard to open as soon as we can.”
Progress is also being made to fill the 150 positions being made available at the new service station.
“We have already started recruiting for the senior management positions,” added Mr Bastyan.
“And in January we will start to fill the rest of the jobs. We will be having an academy, based at Gloucestershire College and Stroud College, where people will be trained up for the jobs available.
“The academy will involve confidence building, customer service training, till training, how to make coffee, practical things like that.
“If they are successful in the academy then they will be invited for an interview with us.”
Alexander Evans, a buyer at Westmoreland, added: “Work on the Gloucester build is running ahead of schedule.
“The buying team have been equally busy and last month met over 160 local producers at a series of meet the buyer events.
“We have got further visits scheduled for January with a plan of having everything in place for the build hand over in May 2014.”
The new services will open in June 2014, for regular updates and images you can visit their blog www.gloucesterservicesblog.com