Vitruvius Completes 44,000 sq ft New Lorry Park for Cotteswold Dairy

A new 44,000 sq ft lorry park built to hold 20 articulated and 17 rigid lorries has now been completed at Cotteswold Dairy’s headquarters in Tewkesbury.

Project and cost management by Cheltenham based Vitruvius, the park includes an attenuation tank, consisting of 250m or 120mm diameter underground pipework and a 1500kva HV substation providing power supply for each lorry.  Specialist 6m acoustic fence panelling has been used around the perimeter to reduce noise.

The bulk of the Dairy’s lorry fleet has now been moved to the purpose-built lorry park to free up space for development on the main Diary site to include a new cold store, welfare and office facilities. 

The Dairy was initially looking to extend its current buildings and needed a Project Manager to oversee the construction process.  Vitruvius was recommended and suggested the Dairy first look at master planning the whole site to ensure the Dairy’s property plans would meet their business objectives for the next 5 to 20 years.

The site currently comprises a production facility, cold storage, distribution centre, transport, head office and depot functions and has evolved on the same site for more than 45 years.

“We could see that bolting on a couple of buildings would not be in the Dairy’s best interests,” explained Mark Price, MD of Vitruvius.  “In a few years they’d need more space and would have no room for growth. By creating the new Lorry Park, we’ve freed up the existing parking area for Phase 1 of the new development.”

By master planning the site, Vitruvius and the team have provided a joined up solution which allows the Dairy to function as normal during construction of the lorry park and to continue to function during demolition and the enabling work stage ahead of the rest of the development.

“The new facilities will help the Dairy to further improve efficiency, which when coupled with a great product and consolidation in the market place, will put them in a good position to service new opportunities,” said Mark.

This February and March will see the demolition of 7 units at the front of the site.  The work includes the safe removal of any asbestos elements and the management of services including gas, electricity, water and drainage.

Vitruvius has assembled a construction team with the right skills and experience for this project and is providing full Construction & Commercial Project Management services throughout the pre-construction and construction phases.