To facilitate the amalgamation of the two depots, a new grounds maintenance building is being constructed, alongside extensions to the existing garages, installing a new weighbridge and changes to the interior road surfacing. A new main entrance to the site is also to be developed onto Grimsby’s Peaks Parkway, providing more direct access to heavy goods vehicles to one of the boroughs major roads.
A greener alternative heating solution has been approved for the site. Either a pellet or woodchip biomass boiler will be installed, providing a more environmentally friendly way of managing heating at Doughty Road Depot.
On 4 May, the depot welcomed Keith Murphy, SHEQ and RB Director for Equans UK and Ireland. The Equans Professional Services team presented the project to Keith, explaining its complexities and the problems facing the team on working on the project alongside a live working depot. Keith and the team visited the depot to audit the construction site, noting how harmoniously the different teams were working together.
Once the garages extension, entrance road and gates, internal roads and weighbridge installation have been completed, Phase 2 will begin. This will see the old weighbridge be removed and alterations be made to the existing Doughty Road entrance. A new EV charging solar canopy will be built opposite the security gatehouse, which will give 8 charging spaces for electric vehicles, with a total of 43 EV chargers available at the depot site, having a further positive impact on the site’s green credentials.
Once complete, Doughty Road Depot will be home to seventeen of North East Lincolnshire’s service delivery teams, including a number of services provided by Equans on behalf of the council through their ongoing outsourced delivery model:
- Security and Civil Enforcement Officers
- Highways & Facilities Management
- Security, Security Dogs & Parking Services
- CCTV Control Room