Global firm marks expansion of Cheltenham HQ with steel signing

Senior team members from The Traffic Group have became a permanent part of the building’s legacy by scribing their names on a steel beam.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Managing director Pete Hutchinson, executive director Maxine Hutchinson and operations director Phil Hutchinson with representatives from RRA Architects, Hydrock, WWA and EG Carter and Co.

Marking a symbolic moment for its pioneering expansion project in Staverton, The Traffic Group has signed the steel to celebrate the construction of its new sustainable workspace.

The family-owned business, which employs more than 120 staff across the UK and Australia, operates global traffic systems from its Cheltenham headquarters.

Specialists in intelligent systems for traffic and pedestrian control, highways monitoring, and enforcement, as well as a range of portable traffic signals, the expansion marks the growing success of the firm.

The new sustainable workspace, which comprises a large warehouse facility and office space, will sit alongside two existing buildings on the site.

Designed with air source heat pumps and 45kW PV solar panel arrays, it will create a carbon-positive workspace that uses surplus energy generation to power older buildings on the estate.

Drawing on the expertise of Gloucestershire businesses, Cheltenham's RRA Architects designed the project, with Gloucester contractors EG Carters bringing it to life.

The new development will offer the group a versatile workspace capable of evolving alongside the future demands of the transport technology industry.

Managing director, Pete Hutchinson, said: 'We’re excited to mark the next stage in the project and have been impressed at the efforts of our partners in bringing our vision of the building to life. The new facility will not only enhance our service delivery and operational capabilities but also create a new social space for colleagues to come together.

'Additionally, we wanted to establish a campus-style facility that fosters long-term business growth. As we celebrate the construction of our new and eco-conscious workspace, we look forward to a future where innovation, sustainability and growth are at the heart of everything we do.'

The project is expected to be completed in July 2024.

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