Officials have cut the ribbon to open a new council transport depot in Milton Keynes.
The new eco-friendly depot in Colts Holm Road, Old Wolverton, boasts links with public transport, thermo efficient cladding, heat recovery units and photo voltaic panels on the roof producing electricity to help power the business.
The depot, commissioned and owned by Milton Keynes Council, was ceremonially opened by operator Serco’s managing director for direct services, Mike Boult.
Then, together with Andy Hudson, head of environment & waste at Milton Keynes Council they joined long service employees Basil Costello, Peter Collins and Michael Pearson, who have 78 years of service between them.
Trees were planted as a longer lasting legacy for the day, followed by a fish and chip lunch for all, a huge cake and a tour of the depot.
Milton Keynes Council and its building contractor, Wates Construction, worked with Serco’s local team to design the interior flow of the building and the safety aspects outside.
Serco’s Gary Higgins, Milton Keynes workshop and depot manager, designed the workshops to maximise the flexibility of the working area and they include a double length vehicle inspection pit, MOT inspection bay and a system that enables the workshop staff to work safely on the roofs of the vehicles.
The concrete floor in the workshop keeps it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Plus, on particularly cold days, radiant heating panels mean heat can be provided where it is needed rather than heating the whole workshop.
Serco’s lead contract manager, Mark Sturgeon, who hosted the event, said: “We very much look forward to this being our new home for at least the next nine years.”
Andy Hudson, Milton Keynes Council’s head of environment & waste, added: “Milton Keynes Council has always had green credentials and it has been a pleasure to work collaboratively to design and construct such an eco-friendly building to support the environmental services we provide.”