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Style and substance
11 February, 2019

The very impressive Applegreen Spaldwick site in Cambridgeshire walked away with the Best Design and Development prize at the 2018 Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, and it's easy to see why. It's a brilliant site with excellent facilities and it looks amazing.

Making a good impression
14 February, 2018

While the number of new service stations being built each year has remained pretty stable, last year saw one striking positive change for dealers in the underlying statistics making up this figure. Arthur Renshaw of Experian Catalist reveals that for the most recent 12-month period there was a total of 36 new-build forecourts opened on new-to-industry (NTI) sites,

Ground-breaking moves
01 February, 2017

The specialist construction companies involved in the forecourt sector have all been experiencing a surge in business in the past year. The majority of the projects have been knock-down-rebuilds (KDRBs), with many dealers looking to expand the retail side of their businesses and revamping the look of their forecourts, but there has also been an increase in a much rarer beast, the new-to-industry site.

Eco winners
07 April, 2016

Sustainability used to be low down on most businesess's list of concerns, and few of them were willing to spend hard-earned cash on environmental initiatives, but more and more companies are finding that reducing their impact on the environment can also result in substantial cost savings too.

Grand designs
01 February, 2016

Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but most people would find it hard not to be impressed by the stunning design of Forecourt Trader of the Year 2015, Gloucester Services. The site also took Forecourt Trader's Best Design and Development award and it's easy to see why. The whole petrol filling station is set down into the site, reducing its presence and giving the feeling that it's carved out of the hillside. Much use is made of glass and timber, which looks modern but at the same time fits well with the landscape. Inside the service area building, it's particularly spacious and it looks like no expense has been spared on fixtures and fittings. Imposing wooden beams have the latest light fittings strapped to them; there are modern stainless steel chillers full of tempting products; and tables set up that are filled with local goodies.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?