Cornwall Services has officially opened in Roche, on the A30 (near Bodmin). The £12.5 million development, employing 200 people, is the first major service station in Cornwall and the only services on the A30 between Exeter and Penzance. It is located at the Victoria Interchange junction on the A30, less than 10 minutes from Bodmin.
The services sit on a 58,500 square metre site and completes phase one of a wider development. Phase 2 (an additional 3,000 sqms) will see the creation of a 70-bed hotel with a restaurant and a dedicated Tourist Information Centre on site. Work on this second phase will start this year and is due to be completed in 2015.
As part of its commitment to economic and environmental sustainability, the development team has insisted on using Cornish materials and labour wherever possible, for example the use of Cornish Stone cladding on the petrol station building. In addition, Cornish firms supplied the steel and glass used in the amenity building and Dawnus Construction has endeavoured to use Cornish contractors, builders and suppliers throughout the development. Partly because of this, the development team is on track to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification, an exceptional achievement in the service area sector.
The services include a petrol filling station, a main amenity building with food and drink concessions, some retail outlets including WH Smiths, cash point, Wifi, car parking for 230 cars, and dedicated bays for HGVs (18), coaches (15) and caravans (15). There is also a charging point for electric cars, free air and coach and truck drivers have a dedicated washroom block. Cornwall Services is also signed up to the SNAP scheme for HGV drivers.
Cornwall Services has been built with its locality in mind - bringing with it a taste of Cornwall for visitors. Along with all the well-known brands expected at a service station such as WH Smith, Costa and McDonald’s, Cornwall Services will be championing some of the very best Cornish food and drink with three local food concessions featuring onsite - Hugo Woolley’s Cornish Delish, the Open Oven Pizza Company and Sausage n Roll.
Mark Upton, Development Manager of the scheme said: “It is fantastic to now see the services complete and to open the doors to our first visitors. We wanted to give anyone passing through on their way to Cornwall a relaxing environment to stop and refresh and benefit from all the services and amenities they would typically expect. But, at the same time we wanted to welcome them to Cornwall with a little taste of what is to come."