The main building housing Budgens and Costa is currently being worked on
August 25, 2023
The Shell service station on West Hill has been partially closed for some rebuilding, with reopening of full facilities due in October.
Both the main Costa Coffee outlet and the Budgens forecourt shop, which are housed in the same building, have been temporarily shut while remedial work on the roof and other sections of the building takes place.
Petrol pumps, charging facilities, the 24-hour off-licence and a convenience store remain open - in a newly repurposed building - as does a temporary Costa Coffee shop.
A spokesperson for Motor Fuels Group (mfg), which operates the service station, told this website, “There are going to be various small closures depending on the nature of the work at the time.
“Entire works will finish on or around the 18 October with a relaunch on the 26th – subject to weather, contractor progress and any unforeseen issues.”
Currently the main Budgens and Costa building has been cordoned off while work is carried out on the roof structure. According to Wandsworth council’s planning site, the existing eaves on the eastern elevation of the main building are being slightly lowered, and therefore the roof pitch has to be altered to accommodate the alteration (see image below).
Part of the back of the Budgens and Costa eaves are being lowered slightly
Mfg is the largest independent forecourt operator of petrol stations in the UK. The company tends to use third-party brands on its sites, such as BP, Esso, Texaco, Murco, Jet and, in West Hill’s case, Shell.
The old Esso-branded petrol station on the West Hill site was demolished in the Spring of 2021 to make way for rebuilt and expanded services. Land at the back of the original site – which extended over the District Line tunnel and which was fenced off from the main forecourt – was brought into use for electric vehicle charging and jet wash bays following extensive plans to protect local wildlife
Yorkshire-based garage and parking forecourt planning specialist, Jennings Design, who created designs for the new site, took ecological concerns into account when reclaiming the land. An ecologist was employed before every clearance activity to assess stag beetle larvae, mammals, breeding birds or reptiles found to be on site, and also to ensure measures were taken to prevent the entrapment of any creatures.
Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact email@example.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.