New depot completed
Construction of the new council depot at Barfield Close, Winchester, has been completed.
Cllr Keith Wood, Leader of Winchester City Council, visited the site today (Tuesday 16 July) to see the finished £2m project which was managed on the Council’s behalf by Gentle Consulting.
The new depot replaces the old premises on Bar End Road and will be the operating base for Biffa and the Landscape Group, who undertake refuse collection, grounds and street maintenance under contract to Winchester City Council and East Hampshire District Council.
In spite of some difficult weather conditions during the construction period the new depot has been completed on time and on budget.
Cllr Wood said:
The new depot provides a much-improved base for the teams who deliver some of the Council’s most important services.
By investing in this project we are able to ensure a continuing quality and consistency of service for local people and support economic activity and employment for local businesses involved in the work.
It is part of our policy to invest in the services the Council provides and to maximise the financial return the Council gets from its assets.
The project has reused and revitalised a run-down industrial site and, in turn, releases the old depot site at Bar End Road for an alternative use, enabling an important gateway to the city to be improved in the future.
The new facility will enable both Biffa and the Landscape Group to operate the services provided for district residents more efficiently. Biffa will invest in fitting out the vehicle workshops through their partner Dennis Eagle to ensure that the new freighter fleet is maintained to the highest environmental standards.