Catterick services is a new proposal made public by Roadchef in June 2019, currently in the early consultation phase.
It is to be built at the Catterick exit on the new A1(M) motorway, opened in 2017. A £57m investment, it would be built on land which had been primed for development, with an exit at the roundabout already in existence. This motorway is notorious for its lack of services, especially if, as the planning documents do, you ignore the presence of Ferrybridge for its long detour and Scotch Corner for being a rest area.
The proposed service area would be unusual and unique for several reasons. Firstly, according to Roadchef, it would have the usual offer of Costa, Leon, McDonald's, WHSmith and Days Inn, but it would also have an on-site farm shop selling local produce. This would be the first service area to combine a farm shop, made famous by Tebay, with some famous brand names.
Outside there would be a petrol station, the usual Costa drive thru, and a McDonald's drive thru - the first to open as part of a service station franchise. This gives the impression that Roadchef may want to open more McDonald's drive thrus, space permitting.
The main building would have the hotel at the north end, a delivery yard in the middle, and the main facilities to the south. Most of the building would be covered with a green roof - made famous by Gloucester. At the far southern end would be a terrace overlooking a lake, with a path looping around the building. The western end would be saved for a possible extension, doubling up as a dog walking area. A dedicated pathway would be provided for people arriving by bike.
The main exit from the car park would pass the entrance to the building. To avoid a congested crossing, the road would instead dip under the entrance - the sort of idea not seen since the '60s - but this would be a lot wider and more stylish. The front of the building would be covered with a stone cladding. A special gateway arch would cover the main entry road.
Further information is available from Roadchef's mini-site.
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