Architect accolade

The winner of the 2015 Forecourt Trader of the Year Award has received further accolades, this time from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The Gloucester motorway service station on the M5 has won an RIBA National Award for its designer Glenn Howells Architects, and the owners Westmorland won the South West Client of the Year Award.

Disabled first

One of Britain’s newest forecourts has become the first location of its type in the UK to install a new concept in disabled toilets. Cornwall Services, on the busy A30 trunk road near Bodmin, has opened a Space to Change assisted wheelchair-accessible toilet in its main building. Visitors needing to use it just ask a member of staff, who will provide access: all staff have been fully trained in the concept and equipment to help users as required.

E10 concerns

The PRA has written to transport minister Andrew Jones, raising its concerns about plans to introduce new ’green petrol’, in a move which will push up costs for UK fuel retailers and may force some out of business. The PRA responded after the Department for Transport energy select committee was told that introducing E10 fuel is the UK’s only viable route to meeting the emissions targets, which call for 10% of transport energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.

Maxol’s biggest site

Maxol Group, which has a network of 230 forecourts across Ireland, has celebrated the official opening of its largest service station, Maxol M3 Mulhuddart on the N3.

Since opening in early April, business at Mulhuddart has grown to an average of 30,000 customers visiting each week.