A Mapei decorative floor system has been installed at Gloucester Gateway – a new environmentally-friendly service station on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Located on the M5 Northbound, between junctions 11a and 12, ‘Britain’s greenest motorway services’ was designed by AFL Architects. The main building is constructed from local stone and timber, and features an arched grass-covered roof with a BREEAM excellent rating. Three individual Mapei products were specified, alongside porcelain tiles and vinyl sheeting, throughout a 1,236m2 area. All floor works were carried out by Polished Concrete Designs for main contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.
Due to open this summer, Gloucester Gateway is a £40-million joint project between a local charity and Westmorland Limited. The charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, will generate income from the service station, to support nearby target communities and charity partners in Gloucester and Stonehouse. The site includes extensive landscaping, along with electrical vehicle charging stations, an adjacent vegetable patch and capacity to switch to bio-fuel pumps. Farm-shop retailers will also feature at the site, in place of fast food outlets.
Within the main building, a screed incorporating Mapei’s fast drying hydraulic binder, Topcem was laid over insulation and underfloor heating. Mapei’s two-component, solvent-free Primer SN was applied to provide a key for Mapei Ultratop – a decorative Anthracite-toned surface that gives the appearance of a polished concrete. The petrol station was also completed using Mapei Ultratop Anthracite.