JPG help the Butterfly take flight

JPG were commissioned by Really Useful Product Company to consult on the brand new state-of-the-art innovative flagship Butterfly building which is to be their new head office along with additional manufacturing facilities, at Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire.

This brave and bold project is being captured by The Production Company from Leeds who are making this into a documentary about the building and inspiration behind it. The project was born from an idea by Mike Pickles, founder and CEO of Really Useful Products and designed in association with The Harris Partnership supported by JPG.


To view the latest film edit featuring JPG please click here.

The butterfly form is inspired by the design concept of the “butterfly organiser” manufactured by a Yorkshire based manufacturer and the design aesthetic of the structure is in harmony with the manufacturing heritage of the business featuring fully exposed structural steelwork and exposed building services. This complex structural form requires the wings of the butterfly to cantilever from the central structure and a diagrid form permits the structure and hexagonal glazing to work together.

A challenging project that you will see emerging in 2016 on the Yorkshire skyline. When completed the manufacturing facility will be four times bigger than the company’s current site, while the flagship office element will complete in 2017.

JPG Team Give A Gift

JPG have decided, instead of doing their usual secret Santa Christmas gift swap they would like to support Barnardo’s charity by donating their Christmas gifts.

All the staff at JPG took part in buying a gift for a child in need and donating these to Barnados which is currently running a Christmas Present Appeal. JPG took them along to the Horsforth branch and handed over boxes of brand new gifts.

All over the UK, there are children who will wake up Christmas morning with little to look forward to. Barnados are changing this by giving gifts to young carers, victims of physical or sexual abuse and other young people who have just left care, or who are spending Christmas alone.

A small gift can make a big difference to a child.

Work Has Started on Ossett 40 industrial park

JPG were appointed as the structural engineering design consultant on Ossett 40, Milner Way which is located just one mile from J40 of the M1. Historically it was occupied by fellmonger Nettleton & Porter but more recently the buildings were demolished to make way for regeneration.

Gregory Property Group acquired the three-acre site last year and has since secured full planning consent to deliver 57,000 sq ft light industrial accommodation. The above image shows the feasibility CGI image which is being developed.

Gregory Property Group is developing the site along with Architects, The Harris Partnership supported by JPG Group and expects to complete all three new units by summer 2016. The end value for the scheme is expected to be in the region of £4.5m.

Richard Tovey, director at Gregory Property Group, said: “Ossett is a popular location for industrial occupiers because of its excellent transport links and labour force. Unsurprisingly we have received a lot of interest and we are pleased to agree this major deal with Simpson Packaging as a locally respected business which will anchor this development.”

Billfinger GVA and Gent Visick in Leeds are jointly appointed to market Ossett 40.

Major New Development The Quadrant scores in Boston

JPG are working with Lincoln based Chestnut Homes on an exciting new development in Boston, Lincolnshire to build over 500 new homes.

The Quadrant is a major new mixed use development in Boston, Lincolnshire, located south west of the town centre and extends to some 68 acres.

The overall project will deliver 500 new dwellings, a brand new Community Stadium for Boston United Football Club and additional buildings for retail, commercial and leisure use.

The Community Stadium plans have been developed following extensive public and fan consultation that was undertaken at the end of 2013 and will provide the club with a secure new home for the future.

Not only is The Quadrant vitally important to the future of Boston United Football Club, but it will also bring much wider benefits to the local economy.

JPG was appointed to design and manage the delivery of the major highway works including a new roundabout on the A16, a new signalised junction on London Road and a 0.7km distributor road connecting the A16 with London Road.

Chestnut Homes have a long history of building new homes in the Borough and are excited to bring forward such a high profile development that has the potential to have a really positive long-term impact for the Borough as a whole.

Club chairman David Newton, who owns Chestnut Homes, said the development, off the A16 in Wyberton, would be a huge boost to the local economy and “create a large number of construction, and permanent jobs in the area”.

He described it as a “very significant project” for Boston.

Chris Harding, Managing Director at JPG advises, “It’s great to be involved in a project which not only increases the local economy but also provides better facilities for the wider community.”

JPG raise money for Jeans for Genes Day

The JPG staff took part in Jeans for Genes fundraising day collecting a grand total of nearly £70.00 in donations from the team.

The money raised by businesses and schools on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children and families affected by genetic disorders.

The money raised will help fund Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity dedicated to supporting families affected by genetic disorders.

For more information about how you can take part and make a difference for 2016 visit their website here.

JPG appointed for Poundworlds expansion

JPG were appointed to carry out Civil and Structural Design Engineering services by Commercial Development Projects for the new 500,000sq ft Poundworld warehouse next to Poundworlds existing head offices in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

The 30 acre plot is part of a 180-acre business park located off Junction 31 of the M62, which is rapidly growing in popularity due to location and transport links. The plot developed by JPG involved the re-engineering of circa one million tonnes of coal measures strata to create the development plateaux.

Design includes the design of foundations, 70 dock levellers, ground floor slabs, all external works including drainage and attenuation, service yards with recycling point, vehicle wash and fuel stations and car parking for staff and visitors to the site.

The site is currently being filmed using site eye technology to capture the build and transformation of the land.

Open plan office design: Winner or Loser?

Open-plan offices are becoming the latest style trend for Commercial office design, but new research suggests that they are not the best environment for a productive team.

People who work in large open plan offices are more likely to get sick, are less productive and take more days off.

Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health revealed that people who work in open plan offices take 62 per cent more sick days than those who work in their own, enclosed space.

  • Open-plan office workers are exposed to more germs and are more stressed
  • People who have their own space take 62 per cent less sick days
  • They are less productive because they are distracted by other people talking
  • People over the age of 45 are the most distracted by office noises
  • Open plan workers are less motivated and have lower job satisfaction levels

Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health revealed that people who work in open plan offices take 62 per cent more sick days than those who work in their own, enclosed space.

The study authors believe that this is because germs spread more easily in these large open environments.

The acoustics of an open plan office often mean it is a much noisier place to work which can effect productivity as employees find it hard to concentrate. This can lead to stress which in turn can lead to time off.

A study carried out by researchers at Virginia State University and North Carolina State University, in the U.S., revealed that people who work in open plan offices are less productive.

The study further discovered that noise and temperature are the most influential factors with conversations, ringing phones and machines being cited as the most irritating noises.

This study also revealed that people over the age of 45 are the most sensitive to disturbing noises – their productivity is affected the most by them.

Open plan offices are still very popular in design styles due to the flexibility and the wider commercial appeal this can offer.

JPG working on TK Maxx distribution centre

JPG are delighted to be working on a large-scale major distribution facility for TK Maxx near Wakefield after investors committed £59m to the scheme.

JPG are working with Tritax Big Box REIT, which specialises in large industrial units, to develop the 635,000 sq ft facility in Knottingley, at the junction of the M62 and A1.

TK Maxx has signed a 20-year lease for the property, which will have three mezzanine floors that will create an additional 765, 000 sq ft of useable space.

It is being developed by Caddick and construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.

“The property occupies a key logistics location that is achieving strong rental growth,” said Colin Godfrey, partner of Tritax.

The deal follows last month’s announcement by John Lewis that it had signed a 20-year lease for a distribution hub at Logic Leeds and is the latest to reinforce the region’s reputation as an important area for the logistics sector.

JPG assist in turning car showroom into £5m retail space

JPG Group are working with Leeds-based developer Gregory Property Group in transforming the former Dew Motor Group site into newly developed retail units on Bradford Road, Brighouse.

Dews Motor Group recently arranged to sell the site on Bradford Road to Gregory Property Group after deciding to move its operation to Halifax.

Richard Tovey, director at Gregory Property Group, added: “The profile site is ideally suited to retail development due to its prominent location on Bradford Road and its long frontage. We are pleased to have agreed pre lets with strong performing businesses which will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

Chris Harding, director at JPG Group, advises: “We have worked with Gregory’s in the past and on various projects including the 40m retail development, Broad Street Plaza in Halifax.”

“It’s great to work with a developer who is driven by delivering schemes which enhance the locality and who work to a very high standard.”

An anticipated eight-month build programme will result in completion in the summer of 2016.

JPG shortlisted for this years’ YPA’s

JPG Group has been shortlisted at the 2015 YPA’s for the consultancy firm of the year.

This year’ judging panel consists of Gerald Jennings, president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce and former portfolio director for North and Scotland at Land Securities; Martin McKervey, partner at Nabarro, Sheffield; Angela Barnicle, director in real estate advisory at Deloitte, Leeds; Guy Gilfillan, development director at Regus; Grant Edmondson, property director at Wykeland; and Trevor Mitchell, planning and conservation director at Historic England.

Gilfillan said: “The quality of this year’s entries reflects the significantly improved conditions seen across all property markets in the Yorkshire region. This is evidenced by the large number of cranes now appearing on the skylines of our towns and cities, stimulating economic activity and creating good quality employment.

“These awards recognise the extraordinary hard work and sheer determination of the developers and property professionals involved in making these schemes happen, particularly when many of the projects were conceived prior to or during the recession.”

And Grant Edmondson added: “The number and general calibre of entries to this year’s property awards are both significantly up on last year which underlines how the health of the Yorkshire property market continues to improve.

“Whilst overall conditions remain competitive, a back-drop of increased occupier demand, investor appetite and availability of finance has seen the region’s property professionals deliver some fantastic designs, developments and deals. The winners and those short-listed should all be rightly proud of their achievements.”

The winners will be revealed at the awards dinner on 24th September at New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds, which JPG will be attending.