GHL’s clean, green car wash machine

December 16, 2020

A corner carpark is being transformed into a state-of-the-art vehicle wash facility using environmentally-friendly technology.

Gisborne Holdings Ltd’s newest venture sits alongside the Vehicle Testing Station and will feature the latest in car wash technology.

It is believed to be the first of its type in Gisborne and GHL commercial property and projects general manager Rob Budd said a key goal was to use rainwater to minimise the use of city supply.

“We believe it is important to minimise our impact on the environment as much as possible,” Mr Budd said.

To that end, four 10,000-litre underground rainwater tanks have been installed.  Ninety percent of the water used in the auto wash will be recycled.

“Those initial upfront costs for water storage and recycling will pay off in the long term through savings for GHL from less water use, and benefits to our community via less impact on our environment from discharges and less reliance on Gisborne utilities infrastructure.”

The operation will feature one Autowash, three self-service bays and vacuum cleaners. The touchless Autowash includes the latest in technology and includes an under-car wash.

It is a cashless operation, using a phone app and cards only.

Project manager Deon Connoway said earthworks had started and rainwater tanks installed underground.

“Because the site is so compact, we had to place those below ground. The next step will be to fill in and level the whole site, and then seal with concrete.”

The biggest challenge to date had been dealing with ground water.

“The ground water table here sits at about two metres and we are going down about 2.8-3m deep to get the big tanks in,” Mr Connoway said. “That required our contractor to de-water. They put well points in and pump the water out and dry up the area.”

The new car wash is expected to open in May.