M-AR deliver UK’s first fully solar-powered transport hub

by Sion Geschwindt
M-AR deliver UK's first fully solar-powered transport hub

Offsite specialist M-AR has completed the terminus building for the first fully solar-powered transport hub in the UK – the Stourton Park and Ride.

The Stourton Park and Ride site, situated in Leeds, is the third Park and Ride facility to open in the city and forms a major part of its sustainable transport strategy to reduce traffic, congestion, and pollution.

The site includes 45 new solar canopies, funded by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). These cover an area the size of 18 tennis courts and generate enough electricity to power the entire site via an innovative smart energy system also housed on site.

All the buses running from Stourton Park and Ride are zero-emission all electric and the site features 30 EV charging spaces, including four rapid chargers, and has overall capacity for 1,200 cars.

A key aspect of this project, which was delivered by BAM Nuttall for Leeds City Council, was the need to minimise its overall environmental impact in terms of construction, lifespan, and ongoing operations.

BAM Nuttall and M-AR worked together to create an efficient offsite hybrid build solution to meet the exacting brief, while minimising the impact of the build itself.

The completed project comprises eight modules which were manufactured offsite before being installed and finished on site.

Together the modules create a fully-heated, safe and secure terminus hub building with seating and ticket machines, WCs, changing place room, a staff office, retail area and a secure ticket window.

The modules were designed to complement the other elements of the project, which were built on site using a traditional steel frame construction to securely house the high-tech electrical equipment including the Tesla batteries needed to support the solar panels.

More than 11,000 trees and 9,000 shrubs were also planted around the site to create an attractive environment for people using the facilities and help minimise the overall impact of the project on the environment.

Gareth Farrier, divisional director at BAM Nuttall, said: “BAM Nuttall is proud to be involved in the extensive collaboration across Leeds City Council, businesses and local communities, delivering the first fully solar-powered park and ride in the UK at Stourton.

“The ambition to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and save carbon has been a key focus for teams leading the design and delivery of this sustainable transport hub.”

Sabby Khaira, programme executive at Leeds City Council, commented: “Sustainability was a key driving force behind this project, so as well as the ultimate goal of improving the air quality in Leeds, we wanted to make sure that the project was undertaken as sustainably as possible.”

Ryan Geldard, operations director at M-AR, added: “The Stourton Park and Ride is a key part of Leeds’ sustainable transport network and we’re proud to have played our part in making Leeds a greener city.”

Image: Stourton Park and Ride (credit: M-AR)


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