Gloucestershire Gateway Services, M5 Motorway

The Gloucester Services are a pair of Motorway Service Areas (MSA) serving both northbound and southbound carriageways of the M5 between Junction 11A and Junction 12, near Gloucester.

We were thrilled to be asked by the main contractors Buckingham Group Contracting to help them resolve the laying of Cotswold Limestone onsite – the main issues being the type of Stone proposed and the style of laying is considered a specialist operation and one of the main key visual features of the whole build, with the quality being high and quantity well over a 1000m2 of stone what was required was utter consistency so that there would be no mortar joints on show and that the wall structures would take the appearance of dry stone walls whilst effectively cladding the energy efficient structural envelope of the building behind.

This might sound straightforward but actually the technique and type of wall construction is really rather different from the norm as not really a pure drystone wallers job nor one for a traditional stonemason, therefore it needed a team of methodical craftsmen that were skilled in both drystone and stone work to achieve a good quality.

We are really pleased with the consistent and clean look, the project has evolved and completed ahead of schedule with no remedial works ensuring total quality management and we get great pride from knowing our work will be on show to many thousands of tourists and commuters for many years to come.

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