Doughty Road depot refurbishment works get underway
Demolition and site clearance works are set to start this week to make way for the refurbishment of North East Lincolnshire Council’s Doughty Road Depot in Grimsby.
These first works include removing asbestos from some of the buildings that are no longer needed and then demolishing them.
NELC and EQUANS are combining all their depot services in Doughty Road to update the facilities and bring more of their workers into the town centre.
These sites are for services such as waste and recycling, highway maintenance, fleet management, street cleansing, security, civil enforcement, property maintenance, licensing, grounds maintenance and ecology.
One of the main changes proposed in the site refurbishment is a new main entrance into Peaks Parkway, at the junction with B&Q and Halfords.
Most vehicles will enter and leave the site via this new entrance, meaning less traffic using the Doughty Road entrance.
A new ground maintenance building, extentions to garages, a new weighbridge and road surfacing are planned for the first phase of refurbishments.
This first phase of works is due to be completed by 15 July 2022 with the full refurbishment due for completion in early to mid-2023.
The depot remains active while the works are carried out with areas secured and fenced off during the different construction phases.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at NELC, said: “Doughty Road Depot is becoming outdated and needs to be redeveloped to cater for the services that will be based there.
“Bringing our depots together on one site will reduce our property maintenance costs, improve service efficiency and provide good quality facilities for the workforce.
“The property improvements will also help us improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and move toward a zero-emissions vehicle fleet.”
Several energy-saving measures will be introduced at Doughty Road Depot to help limit impact on the environment such as collecting rainwater from the roofs of the depot buildings to clean vehicles in the new lorry wash and jet washing stations.
Plans also include air source heat pumps, a solar panel car park canopy, vehicle charging points and battery storage for the Council’s electric vehicles.