The new ‘concept’ Motorway Service Area will sustain around 400 jobs during construction and could be opened in 2019 after a two-year construction programme.
To be named Leeds Skelton Lake Services, the project has been designed with a timber framed facilities building, over which sections of wooden panelling and green living roof will look to tie the design into the local landscape.
Developer Extra MSA Group recently developed two of the largest and busiest new MSAs on the Strategic Road Network at Cobham (M25 J9-J10) and Beaconsfield (M40 J2).
Extra’s latest proposals include a new food court style facilities building which will provide a wide range of food and ancillary retail outlets, together with there being a business centre, filling station and 100-bed hotel.
Andrew Long, chief executive officer of Extra MSA Group, said: “We have meaningfully engaged with the communities of East Leeds to obtain their opinions and we are pleased with the positive support received.
“The design of the main Facilities Building, including its ‘Living Green Roof’, received particular praise, along with our scheme to improve access to Skelton Lake whilst helping to maintain a ‘Green Corridor’ and protect local wildlife.”