BP has revealed plans to construct a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at its existing retail site, situated north of the M25 and in the greater London area. The current Connect site next to the Welcome Break South Mimms services will undergo redevelopment to include 32 covered ultra-fast EV charging bays and an M&S retail unit. While retaining 10 of the existing 16 petrol and diesel pumps, the hub will offer a much-needed facility for drivers travelling through the area to charge their vehicles in under 30 minutes. According to Pippa Nisbet, Director at Lichfields, London office, “Sustainability is at the heart of these proposals.” The scheme will potentially create 155 construction jobs and 190 supply chain jobs during the build period, while the site will provide an additional 6 full-time jobs and continue to support the current 15 jobs.
Furthermore, the proposed new charging hub in Hertsmere will contain multiple “superfast” charging points and provide attractive green boundaries with a PV panel roof using sustainable materials. As the UK transitions towards electric vehicles and a net-zero economy, BP’s innovative proposal establishes an ideal location on the strategic road network that caters to the growing demand for EV charging facilities.
According to Pippa Nisbet, the new charging hub “will enhance an existing BP retail site, creating a much-needed facility and jobs.” This scheme will undoubtedly improve the area’s connectivity by providing all the amenities and functionality demanded by drivers.