A £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services on Junction 45 of the M1 has been completed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The innovative new service station includes a business centre, food and beverage outlets and landscaped areas. A visitor area with a lakeside viewing deck is still to be built.
Landscape contractor Brambledown Landscapes Services was commissioned to undertake the soft landscaping of this huge project which had to tie in with the natural environment of the nearby Skelton Lake and Gardens. It turned to its long-term supplier Green-tech for the landscaping materials and sundries.
Skelton Lakes Service Station in Leeds boasts a twisting living roof and many unique landscape features. Brambledown Landscapes Services was responsible for constructing natural landscaping throughout the 30-acre service station site.
It has a long-standing relationship with Green-tech, which supplied the majority of the landscaping materials including more than 200t of Green-tree topsoil, 150t of compost, 300m3 of bark Mulch, in excess of 7000 Tubex Shrub Shelters and all of the tree ancillaries, including stakes, belting, blocks and irrigation for around 500 newly planted trees.
For the trees planted into the hard-landscaped areas, Green-tech supplied in the region of 100m² of the urban tree planting system ArborRaft, along with 100t of ArborRaft soil and subsoil. Used together, the system combines geo-cellular ArborRaft units which lock together within the tree pit and nutrient-rich ArborRaft soil. Combined they provide essential load bearing support and reduce soil compaction within the tree pit to enable healthy root growth.
Brambledown Yorkshire manager, Sean Easton says: “It was a pleasure to work with Green-tech on this innovative major motorway services near Leeds. Working throughout the corona [sic] pandemic has obviously thrown up many challenges but we have worked closely with Green-tech throughout to ensure all product deliveries were made on time and as required. Their product choice is excellent and their service levels and customer care is always outstanding. I would happily recommend them.”