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Eco-friendly highways depot and office opens in Ardleigh

10 October 2016

An eco-friendly highways depot has been officially opened in Ardleigh.

The Service Management Office houses 36 desks, including six hot desks and up-to-date mess facilities for the team working outside on the highway.

It offers a modern base for highways staff working across Tendring, Colchester and Braintree.

The depot uses solar panels to heat water and provide power. Rainwater collected from the roof of the building will be used within the building to reduce water supply and disposal costs.

Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge, officially opened the facility at an event on Thursday.

Cllr Aldridge said: “I am delighted to be able to officially open this impressive facility.

“It is a great example of innovation in action. I’m sure highways staff and the transport network as a whole will feel its benefit for years to come.”

Ardleigh had previously been used as a salt store and will now replace a depot at Thorrington, built in 1923.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, added: “This new building offers a fit-for-purpose facility that incorporates many environmentally friendly technologies.

“Our highway officers will benefit from modern facilities allowing them to spend more time working to improve the roads for Essex residents.”