Scania Maidstone Depot at Brooklyn Park
Maidstone is home to the first of a new generation of purpose-built drive-through Scania depots, at Gallagher’s Brooklyn Park, just off Junction 6 of the M20 in Maidstone. Scania chose the site for this new depot due to its proximity to the motorway network.
The site provide an extensive range of services for truck, bus and coach operators in the South East, including commercial traffic entering and leaving the UK by way of the Kent ports and the Channel Tunnel. Importantly, the planning consent allows free movement of vehicles at all times, thus enabling 24-hour operation.
Gallagher Ltd constructed the development as Principal Contractor on a lump sum design and build basis. Work started in December following the granting of planning permission.
Aggregates and concrete were being supplied by Gallagher Aggregates Ltd.
It has 5 bays for the servicing and repair of heavy goods vehicles, coaches and other commercial vehicles, 4 of which are drive through. There is also a drive through MOT bay, stores, offices, meeting rooms and welfare facilities over two floors at one end of the building and an environmental station at the other end.
The main building area has a 3.2 tonne crane that travels the full width and breadth of the workshop area. Externally there is a large area of concrete hard standing, circulation and parking areas.
A feature is the treatment of the perimeter planted areas, the pond that has benches for employees, the 4m high gabion retaining wall formed of Kentish Ragstone and the concrete retaining wall with Kentish Ragstone facing.
The building is clad in modern flat panel cladding to Scania’s corporate colour scheme. Sustainable features include photo-voltaic panels on the roof, a sustainable drainage system where rainwater feeds the pond which then overflows to soakaways and other features to ensure a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.
The development represents a significant investment to satisfy the growing demand for road haulage, particularly to and from the channel ports, delivering over 40 jobs to Maidstone.
There were issues bringing utilities to site so Gallagher directional drilled ducts under the full width of the M20 through which services were pulled.
Another challenge were the great crested newts that occupied the site. They are a European Protected Species for which a licence from Natural England is required before you can do anything affecting their habitat. The solution Gallagher identified was to translocate the entire population to new specially formed ponds at nearby Allington Castle, a process that took months and cost many thousands of pounds.
An enabling work package removed 9,000 cu metres of spoil to create the development platform. Construction commenced in November 2014 and the finished development was handed over less 12 months later, including Scania’s specialists installations, enabling operations to commence very quickly.