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Independent editorial feature for Architect’s Datafile (ADF)

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Architect's Datafile (ADF) is a high-quality monthly print and online magazine and is read by architects in practices across the UK. Alison was asked to write a 'single project' feature for a supplement to be published with the magazine. The feature was on current trends in contemporary motorway service station design in the UK. She wrote about Gloucester MSA in a positive architectural case study.


An oasis on the motorway


Designed as a cathedral to food, the new Gloucester services on the southbound M5 are the complete opposite to big-brand motorway fuel stops. “Could they revolutionise motorway services’ design?” asks Alison Harmer.

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At a stunning rural location flanking the Cotswolds, there’s an oasis on the UK’s motorway network that offers a radical approach to motorway service area (MSA) design and is setting a new sustainable standard.

Gloucester Services southbound opened on 19 May, between junctions 12 and 11a of the M5, a year after its sister site was completed on the northbound carriageway.


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