A WEST Yorkshire construction company has completed work to refurbish a bus depot.
GMI Construction, which is contracted to build Kirklees College’s new engineering centre at St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield, has completed the £6m project for First Bus in Wigan.
Work to the previously redundant site on Lockett Road started in January.
The completed project was handed over at a ceremony which also included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by North Western Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell.
The refurbishment has provided a state-of-the art maintenance facility, featuring the latest in safety equipment and environmentally-friendly systems as well as a modern bus wash which is designed to limit the amount of water needed to keep First buses clean.
The development also included refurbishing the existing administration block to provide a new mess room, drivers’ rest area, toilets, locker rooms and offices.
A new learner centre allows staff to take qualifications in a range of subjects when off-duty.
More than 300 of First’s staff will be based at the site, which will house and maintain up to 120 buses.
Paul Whitaker, commercial director at Leeds-based GMI, who has been involved in the project, said: “The site has undergone a considerable transformation.
“It is heartening to know that the wider communities of Wigan will benefit from the new facilities as it also incorporates an educational centre to boost skills development with staff.”