£6m Scania facility open after 12 month build
The modern commercial vehicle facility at Junction 5 of the M20 motorway was constructed for the Swedish company by Gallagher Ltd.
Claes Jacobsson, Managing Director of Scania (Great Britain) Ltd. and MC Nicola Clase, the Swedish Ambassador to the UK, officially opened the facility on 7 December. It 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.
It has 4 drive-through bays for the servicing and repair of heavy goods vehicles, coaches and other commercial vehicles. 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.
One of the major challenges facing Gallaghers were the Great Crested Newts that occupied the site. They are a European Protected Species for which a license from Natural England is required before you can do anything affecting their habitat. The solution Gallagher identified was to trans-locate the entire population to new specifically formed ponds at nearby Allington Castle; a process that tool months and cost thousands of pounds.