New images of Leeds Skelton Lake Services released

Leading investment Owners and Operators of Motorway Service Areas, Extra MSA Group, has today unveiled new scheme images showing its vision for the £60m ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) at M1 Junction 45 to the east of Leeds.

This landmark development, which received the main Approval of Reserved Matters consent earlier this year, is now under construction and will set a new standard for Motorway Service Areas in the UK.

It will include an attractive Food Court style Facilities Building with Business Centre, a Fuel Filling Station and 100-Bedroom Hotel, all operated by popular ‘brands’ and with a wide choice of Food & Beverage and ancillary facilities.

The innovative new development is targeted to open Summer 2019 and Extra has released new CGI images showing the bespoke design for the exterior and interior of the Food Court style Facilities Building.

  • The first image (top of page) shows the attractive exterior building design, which features sweeping and exposed long span glulam timber beams with an undulating ‘Living Green Roof’ to tie into the natural landscape. The use of A Living Roof and curved ribbon form reflects the wider area, providing a visual connection between the building and the surrounding landscape.
  • The second image (above) illustrates the bright and spacious interior of the Food Court style Facilities Building. The large impressive Food Court is architecturally exciting with comfortable and accessible facilities, offering an ideal place for visitors to relax and enjoy the extensive choice of Food & Beverage ‘brands’, together with ancillary retail, leisure and Business Centre facilities.
  • The third image (below) showcases an external terrace seating area, set in attractively landscaped grounds adjacent to Skelton Lake. The lake forms part of the surrounding nature reserve in a tranquil and appealing setting.

Andrew Long, CEO of Extra MSA Group, said:

“Leeds Skelton Lake MSA will make a substantial contribution to Road Safety on this section of the Motorway Network, as well as setting new standards for MSA design and operation in the UK.

“Our vision is to create an appealing ‘new concept’ facility that will provide an excellent customer experience and wide choice of popular ‘brands’ and facilities in an attractive built and well landscaped environment. In addition, customers will also be able to enjoy the setting of Skelton Lake and the proposed Wildlife Visitor Centre inclusive of an upper-level 360 degree Viewing Deck.

“We are delighted to share these new CGIs, endorsing the high-quality of the design for the overall MSA development in this important strategic location immediately adjacent to M1 Junction 45 East of Leeds.

“All arrangements for the construction are progressing well, including the Enabling Works and new Roadway for which works commenced in May as part of our overall Programme for opening Summer 2019.”

The first phase of construction work comprises a package of Enabling Works inclusive of site remediation and the construction of a new dual carriageway Road and Roundabout. This infrastructure will serve both the MSA development and the new Templegate Residential scheme, which is capable of accommodating 1800 new homes. Phase 2 for the main on-site construction works will commence this Summer.

The main construction works will comprise the Food Court style Facilities Building inclusive of the Business Centre facilities with Work Station, Business Lounge and a range of different size Meeting Rooms. This will complement the 100-Bedroom Hotel which is connected to the Food Court style Facilities Building. The new Visitor Centre, together with community space and the upper-level Viewing Deck overlooking Skelton Lake will be integral to the Food Court style Facilities Building and easily accessible.

The overall design has been carefully produced to be fully respectful of the Skelton Lake setting and the surrounding landscape. Extra MSA Group continues to work closely with the RSPB and other Local Wildlife Groups to ensure the correct operating approach, as part of the overall customer and visitor experience, whilst being considerate to natural habitats.