Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.
Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.
The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.
Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape Architect Smeeden Foreman and Wetherby-based Brambledown Landscapes Ltd.
The innovative design of the main building showcases a unique and eye-catching undulating roof.
This will utilise wildflowers supplied by the team at Wildflower Turf Ltd and installed by ABG Ltd.
The ‘Living Roof’ will be soil-less and consist of up to 41 native UK wildflower species.
These will provide a haven for bees and other invertebrates while delivering significant aesthetic appeal. It will also ensuring that the building blends into its lakeside location.
Managing Director of Wildflower Turf Ltd, James Hewetson-Brown, said:
“As awareness of the importance of biodiverse habitats increase, this new concept shows that the built environment can exist with, and give back to, the natural landscape.”
Andrew Long, CEO of Extra MSA said:
“This new MSA will be a revolutionary design in the UK. It will provide critical safety infrastructure for this part of the motorway network, in a sustainable and visually appealing way.”