Gloucester Services RIBA Award

Vanguardia provided acoustic engineering services to the main contractor, Buckingham Group in coordination with AFL Architecture. We provided acoustic design and testing services to ensure that both planning conditions and BREEAM points were achieved by the project.

Motorway services are not supposed to be architecturally meritorious. Not because the type is not conducive to good design but because they are required to serve an existing need without creating new demand. Thus they must not be a destination and, incidentally, must not vend anything that is not necessary for or would assist a journey of which it is part. To that end Gloucester Services is a glorious failure and most definitely provides a destination that serves a grateful public who may, or may not, be just passing. This is building that reinvents and reinvigorates the type.

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