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22 years in the making and Rugby Services is now open with help from Andrew Granger & Co

Thu 6 May 2021

Andrew Granger & Co’s professional team went from managing 25 acres of farmland adjacent to the M6 to facilitating the sale of a leasehold for the site, for the creation of a brand-new motorway service area.

Rugby Services M6 J1 in Churchover, Rugby, Warwickshire was the brainchild of the Leicestershire based property firm and professional services director, Andrew Robinson, who has worked for 22 years to bring it to fruition on behalf of charity client, Wyggeston’s Hospital.

As managing agent for the client and project, Andrew Granger & Co’s team has been advising, co-ordinating and overseeing the various stages including planning, consultations, negotiations, and meetings with the solicitors, tenants, the developer, architects, farmers and landowners, county and district councils and highways departments - to name but a few.

Wyggeston’s Hospital Charity, which has worked in the city of Leicester for over 500 years and offers sheltered housing and a care home for the vulnerable and elderly, has retained the freehold, and the leasehold sale completed in March 2019. Work then started on the motorway service area which includes the main amenity building, parking for a range of different vehicles, a drive through coffee outlet and a fuel filling station with a retail shop.

The landmark project for Andrew Granger & Co, due to its size and completion time, continued to keep the professional team busy for even longer than expected due to the delays caused by Covid-19.

But Friday 30th April was reason to celebrate as Rugby Services opened its doors for the first time and Andrew Robinson was there to help mark the occasion. Andrew says: “It’s always a long road delivering projects as complex and innovative as this. The client is delighted, and it will enable them to provide even more of their good work at a time when many charities are finding themselves in a difficult phase.

“We’re very grateful to them for the opportunity and their faith in us whilst we delivered this project from its very genesis to the site opening today.

“Its been great to work with an outfit as professional as Moto Hospitality as well throughout the project.”

Chris Jones, CEO of Wyggeston’s Hospital, adds: “Andrew Granger & Co manage our Estate for us, ensuring it delivers the funds we need to support our charitable work year in year out in the Leicester area. They took this project by the scruff of the neck and through sheer persistence and dedication turned it from an idea into a reality.

“Many challenges were overcome over the years, engaging with all those in a position of authority who often had strong views about a new motorway services at Rugby. We are so pleased with the expert support we have received that has enabled the realisation of this opportunity to develop our charitable work further.”

More information on Wyggeston’s Hospital and the work they do can be found here

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