Gloucester Services




60,000 sq ft

Local Authority

Gloucester County Council


Transport Infrastructure

Key Project Information

  • Architecturally award winning – RIBA South West, RIBA Client Award & RIBA Sustainability Award
  • Achieved BREEAM Excellent rating
  • Sensitive landscape environment including AONB
  • First planning permission to be obtained for an MSA without going through the appeal process
  • Named one of the best motorway services in the country

Pegasus Group led a multidisciplinary project team in order to meet the following project objectives:

  • To meet the need for an MSA in accordance with Highways Agency Guidance
  • Commitment to social and economic regeneration to benefit local communities creating a sustainable annual income through local job creation
  • Achieve quality landscape led design and sustainability, incorporating on site renewables
  • To achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating

Pegasus Group successfully liaised with all stakeholders and the local authority from an early stage on this challenging site which had been refused planning permission and appeal dismissed for an MSA in the past.

Full consideration of the landform and existing views identified a ‘development envelope’ for the MSA facilities to be accommodated. Visual containment was further achieved using infrastructure planting based on local historic landscape character. The buildings were designed to appear seamlessly from the landscape with a living roof to fully integrate with the wider environment.

Gloucester Services

Since opening Gloucester MSA:

  • Environmentally achieved a high quality design that compliments the local landscape character and has achieved the highest sustainability credentials
  • Employed more than 530 staff through construction, and operational staff and has injected £4.5million into the local economy
  • Supports more than 130 local food and craft producers
  • Funded social initiatives including community hubs, training academies, partnerships with schools including an association with Leyhill Open Prison with prisoners helping to build the stone walls, one of whom now works permanently at the company

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