JPG employees support Barnardos

After the success of last years support to Barnardos with our Secret Santa donations, the JPG team decided to dig deep again this year. You guessed it, the team decided they wanted to donate again to Barnardos and give a gift to make a Child’s Christmas special.

 

Every Christmas Barnardos needs gifts for children of all ages, from babies through to teenagers. You to can help make a Child’s Christmas this year by donating to the Barnardos Christmas Toy Appeal. Ashley Ogden and Caroline Dixon from JPG went along to hand over the gifts this week.

For the seventh year, GLS ParcelShops are supporting the Barnardos Toy Appeal. Drop your gift off at any of 180 GLS ParcelShops nationwide by Friday 16 December and it will be delivered to Barnardos in time for Christmas. We have a handy list of all GLS locations nationwide.

 

What kind of gift should I get?

Barnardos works with children of all ages, from infants up to teenagers. Some suggestions if you need help in choosing your gift:

  • Infants and toddlers: Activity toys, pre-school toys
  • 3-6 years: Soft toys, action toys, character toys such as Peppa Pig and SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 7-9 years: Board games, dressing up outfits, books, cars
  • 10-15 years: Books, jewellery, games, music, toiletries, clothes vouchers

We ask that all gifts for the Barnardos Toy Appeal are new and worth about £10, to ensure that all children get something of equal quality.2015-toyappeal-photo-500

If you can’t make it to a drop-off point by the 16th, or would prefer to give a gift of a donation, you can give an online gift quickly and easily with our secure donation form.

 

 

 

 

 

Wising you all a Merry Christmas from the team at JPG.

 

Lindley Moor Development Springs Into Action

Lindley Moor Warehouse and Office Development

The occupant of a 65,000sq ft. warehouse and office development taking shape at Lindley Moor has been revealed.

Industrial spring supplier Lesjöfors Springs will move into the premises which are being built on land fronting Lindley Moor Road, opposite the Wappy Springs pub.

It has been confirmed that more industrial units are set to be built on the site – now named Summit 24 Business Park.

Lesjöfors Springs will move from its current premises at Lowfields Business Park at Elland when the building is complete early next year – employing 25 people in total at Lindley Moor.

The warehouse and office is being built by Elland-based Marshall Construction as the first phase of the £15m Summit 24 scheme.

Robert Glynn, of Lesjöfors, said: “We are moving to Summit 24 because we need the extra space. The 65,000sq ft. unit is designed to our specification and perfect for our needs, plus there is potential to add a further 15,000sq ft. within the site should we need to.

“In addition, the business park is exceptionally well-located, close to the M62 and Yorkshire’s excellent motorway network. We’ve also got a dedicated entrance, providing privacy and security.”

JPG monitored the up-fill earthworks to ensure the correct measures of compaction and were also responsible for the structural design including the foundations which comprised of Insitu concrete pad bases with reinforced concrete ground beams and a ground bearing slab. JPG also completed the civils design work including the design and detailing of the onsite drainage including large below ground attenuation storage tanks.

For more information regarding further projects undertaken by JPG engineering consultants, why not take a look through the projects on the projects page of the website or you can contact a member of our team for further information.

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Attracting Our Future Engineers Today

How can we attract more young talent into construction? More specifically engineering to close the skills shortage gap?

The engineering sector need to constantly attract new talent and actively encourage more females into what has traditionally been a male-dominated environment. It’s vital that future engineers should be motivated and passionate at the earliest stage in their professional development.

Why work in engineering?

The engineering sector is regarded as a cornerstone of the UK’s economic progression. In the future, engineers will be charged with producing cutting-edge technology and building structures that will help the UK tackle any renewable energy issues. To achieve this, there needs to be as many people entering the industry as possible. Organisations must remove any existing preconceptions and make engineering an attractive career path for all young people, by taking actions to promote and encourage working in the industry.

How do we do this?

Generating Early Interest

Firstly, it’s vital to ensure that children and students of all ages, male and female, are informed about engineering. There are many different disciplines within the sector, offering different opportunities. Young students who are passionate about engineering and keen to enter the industry should have the opportunity to make informed educational decisions in order to realise their ambition.

The education sector and schools are improving increasing awareness in the sector, by using dynamic teaching methods to help bring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to life. Attracting girls to the industry is a huge priority as they are still scarce in the engineering profession despite the career opportunities it offers.

Earning and Learning

In the past, engineering companies tended to lack an on-campus presence at schools, colleges and universities which hasn’t helped graduate intake into the sector. However, in recent years the visibility in terms of career potential are now in front of young talent.

The cost of attending university deters many young people, so it’s crucial to make them aware of the existence of other routes to a successful and rewarding career. Apprenticeships and internships offer an opportunity to learn whilst earning a wage, and can become a huge step to further education later in life.

Changing Preconceptions

In the past engineering has been perceived as a male-oriented industry, and the lack of female engineers in the UK suggests that very little has changed. Given the diversity of roles within the sector, there is absolutely no justification for this.

Perhaps as an industry we need to effectively relay the message that a career in engineering offers a wealth of opportunities that actually take place in very modern and high-tech environments, as opposed to grubby ones.

Wealth of Opportunity

The scale of opportunity that engineering can provide for entry level students is superb. Engineering is an exciting career field to be involved in, and new opportunities are always available for qualified engineers. It is a flourishing and fast growing sector, not to mention engineering graduates earn some of the best salaries in the country.

Many engineering businesses have offices overseas, so there are also opportunities for graduates to travel abroad, especially to the MENA area which is where our international office is based.

It is therefore up to those currently involved in the engineering sector, to spread the word and improve the appreciation of a career which knows no bounds, and continue to do what we can for our future engineers.

For more information about the opportunities we have at JPG engineering consultants, please contact a member of our team on admin@jpggroup.co.uk

Brighouse becomes well groomed with new retail scheme

Brighouse Retail Scheme completes

JPG along with Gregory Property Group and Stainforth Construction have completed the redevelopment of a former car showroom in Brighouse to deliver a new 40,000 sq ft retail scheme occupied by B&M and Pets at Home.

Both retailers successfully opened on the 21st October, with B&M launching one of its larger concept stores complete with a garden centre and Pets at Home incorporating its new vets and grooming concept.

Gregory Property Group acquired the site on Bradford Road last year and quickly moved to secure planning consent and complete construction in less than one year. It was able to secure immediate pre lets with B&M and Pets at Home due to the prominent location and subsequently secured forward funding for £5 million through an investment sale to Bramall Properties.

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JPG Brighouse retail scheme

The Brighouse retail scheme has been designed engineered by JPG. JPG were involved with the site investigation of this brown field site. Developing the remediation strategy, compiling the remediation report, carrying out site inspection of the works and finally completing the validation report. All to the satisfaction of the local planning authority and the planning conditions imposed.

Foundations deigned by JPG comprised pile and pile caps with reinforced concrete ground beams with a ground bearing slab on vibro-compacted ground. JPG also completed the design and detailing of the onsite drainage including below ground attenuation storage tanks.

For more information on other projects we have undertaken, take a look through our projects page on our website, alternatively you may contact our team to discuss how we can assist you on your next scheme.

Breeam ‘Excellent’ rating for Queen Street Offices

Leeds office receives Breeam ‘Excellent’ rating

Set over six floors, totalling a net area of 70,784 sq ft, 6 Queen Street will be a new premium quality BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office development in the heart of the prime core of Leeds city centre. The development will include 47 secure basement car parking spaces and an external luxury roof terrace providing excellent views over the city’s skyline.

Rockspring Property Investment Managers acquired 6 Queen Street, a speculative city centre office development, last October which has now been completed.

The terrace, which measures approximately 5,060 sq ft, will provide a unique outdoor space to view the skyline of Leeds.

The rest of the new office development at 6 Queen Street, was undertaken by developer Marshall CDP, featuring six floors of flexible space ranging from 4,359sq ft to 14,047sq ft, secure basement parking and a double height reception.

Designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the office space has also used the quality materials including LED lighting.

Rod Mordey, European Director at Rockspring, said: “We have developed an extremely efficient building that has a focus on strong sustainability credentials, which we know are becoming key requisites for occupiers and investors alike, but not at the expense of quality.”

JPG worked with Marshall CDP on the design engineering of the building.

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The Beacon of beauty for Hull

The Beacon is one of Hull latest Grade ‘A’ offices

Situated at the western gateway to Kingston Upon Hull, off Clive Sullivan Way, The Beacon is one of Hull latest Grade ‘A’ office space and leisure business park.

The Beacon is an important new high quality office development and business park. The development consists of four, three-storey office blocks and an industrial building with integrated offices. Built for our clients the Horncastle Group, the Beacon has a prominent position situated on the main western route into Hull next to the A63 Clive Sullivan Way.

The buildings each consist of a braced steel frame with composite metal deck floors and the walls are a mixture of polished block and rendered outer leaf on a lightweight steel frame. The foundations are piled with pile cap and ground beam and large attenuation tanks are incorporated on the site to accommodate the restricted discharge available off site.

The building was designed engineered by our team and has recently completed.

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JPG Swing into Action On This Year’s Golf Day

JPG chose to host their annual Golf Day at Headingley Golf Course, Leeds which is known for being one of the oldest golf clubs in Leeds founded in 1892.

Headingley Golf Course is situated in a rural setting and boasts many memorable golf holes which make full use of the varied and dramatic terrain.

The weather was kind to us this year and the course stayed dry for the day with many talented golfers swinging into action. A few trees were shaken and balls lost but all in all a very good day at Headingley.

The winners of the day were congratulated and presented with their prizes by Beau Falloon and Joel Moon from Leeds Rhinos who came along to mingle after the Golf. Richard Tovey managed the longest drive of the day along with Richard Baker who managed to get nearest the pin and second place! Well Done to Richard Irving for coming first place on his individual score and in third place Mike Banks.

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Supporting Woman in Engineering Day

National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016) is now an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June.

The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe, so practical new guidance just out to help employers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related industries improve diversity is very welcome. It’s been put together by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Prospect, the union for professionals, with many members in the in the science and engineering sectors.

Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “Only 9% of engineering staff are women and the lack of gender diversity is contributing to skills shortages that are damaging the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry.

“With this in mind, the IET is leading the way in encouraging more women into the sector. We know, for example, that many employers acknowledge that the lack of women in their organisations is a real problem, and so we hope this guidance will prompt them to take practical action to address this – both in terms of how they recruit more women and how they nurture the talent of those they already employ.”

JPG are currently recruiting for various roles within the business and would like to highlight our commitment to gender equality within engineering. For more information about the roles available please view our recruitment page.

JPG confirm H&S commitment with Acclaim

JPG have recently been awarded with the Acclaim H&S Accreditation – certified by the Government owned certification service, Constructionline.

Acclaim is a Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme run by Constructionline widely recognised by all in the construction industry. Acclaim Health and Safety assessment scheme provided by Capita Property and Infrastructure, is exclusive to Constructionline members.

Acclaim Accreditation is a member of ‘Safety Schemes In Procurement’ (SSIP), which is an umbrella organisation for stage 1 Health and Safety assessment schemes. SSIP is recognised by a large and growing number of buyers within the construction industry.

JPG are committed to ensuring quality and safety within the organisation and the recognised accreditation will assist in showing our commitment to policy standards to our customers.

Leeds Newest High Quality Offices Nears Completion

Leeds latest brand new luxury, high quality office development located on 6 Queen Street, is nearing completion.

The development, 6 Queen Street, is being undertaken by contractor and developer Marshall CDP and is currently nearing completion.

The building features six floors of office space ranging from 4,000 sq ft to nearly 14,000 sq ft, roof terraces, secure parking and a double height feature reception.

JPG worked with Marshall CDP on the design engineering of the building to create this high quality city centre offices. Two engineering challenges were present, firstly the design and construction of the basement car park containment. JPG used a rotary piled contiguous wall for its ability to core through sub-structure fragments of the previous building. The second was developing the support systems for the stonework surrounding the elegantly glazed elevations.

Simon Marshall, group managing director at Marshall CDP, said:  “Queen Street is a demonstration that our continued commitment to quality in planning and design pays dividends. We know just how important this site is for Leeds, in the heart of the city’s office core, and we’re proud to be able to say that we have brought major speculative development back to the city centre. This is just one of a number of high quality speculative schemes that we are continuing to develop and are bringing to the market.”

Set over six floors, totalling a net area of 70,784 sq ft, 6 Queen Street will be a new premium quality BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office development in the heart of the prime core of Leeds city centre. This thriving central business location offers excellent amenities, exceptional public transport links and professional/corporate occupiers nearby. The development will include 47 secure basement car parking spaces and an external roof terrace providing excellent views over the city’s skyline.

For more information about the office space please click here or to watch the on-site construction video please view here