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Steel Structure Drive Thru
Designed and Installed for Starbucks 

In total, the CIS Project Team and nominated sub-contractors took 5 weeks
to complete one entire build, transportation and finishing.  

What was the objective?

Starbucks had a vision and had acquired space. They needed someone to offsite construct their vision and create fully operational Starbucks Drive Thrus which would be situated at 3 separate Welcome Break Service Stations. Through B2B nomination, CIS (UK) LTD were invited to join Starbucks to bring their concept to life.

What did we do?

To deliver the 3 Drive Thru’s to their different nominated locations at Welcome Break Keele North, Welcome Break Keele South and Welcome Break Woodall North, they needed to be intricately designed for modular transportation. This meant constructing the entire building then dismantling the ground level modules, transporting 4 different elements.

Using our eVolution steel frames, A largely glazed Front of house was required along with a Back of house, WC and Bin Store covering 37.7 square metres, canopied by a steel structure of 10m x 5m weighing 5.5tonne, topped with a signage module, wrapped in Anthracite Grey Façade Panels supplied by a market leading Façade company, Trimo.

All of the buildings were constructed off site at our production hanger at Newquay Airport, whilst dual working with the site preparation team.

In total, the CIS Project Team and nominated sub-contractors took 5 weeks to complete one entire build, transportation and finishing. Being on Service Stations,there were many logistical issues which quickly had to be dealt with, includingtraffic management plans on the busy services, being in close proximity to Fuel Tanks and ensuring site safety in a public area especially on the fast entry slip road at Woodall North! Full fire regulations were satisfied and the building was complete. Ensuring that the building was safe and held strong aesthetic features whilst continuously keeping the budget in mind, the front of house being the main visible area, was exposed by large glazed windows and a serving hatch, finished with annotated Oak Wood wall along with Safety Flooring, Hygienic internal cladding and fit out with Starbucks own equipment and furniture.




The finished project

All of the respective sites were completed to specification and within the 5 week turn around required by Starbucks. Once handed over the Drive Thru’s were open for business within minutes of leaving... so at least we were the first to enjoy a Drive Thru Latte!

This was an exhilarating and diverse project for the CIS team to undertake, the long design phase with the Starbucks Design Team and Installation variations between each site made this a very comprehensive project. One that we are all extremely proud of.


“An extremely diverse and exciting project to have been a part of, CIS and Starbucks collaborated tremendously throughout
the project making it a joy to be a part of!”

 Projects Director, CIS (UK) Ltd