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 continue their support at this years Firecracker Ball

JPG are proudly supporting the charity, Barnardo’s at the Firecracker Ball, one of Yorkshire’s prestigious charity events.

The Firecracker Ball raises considerable funds for Barnardo’s causes across Yorkshire and will be taking place on Saturday November 14th, once again in a bespoke marquee at the stunning Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate.

A ‘once upon a time’ themed backdrop is to play host to the fairytale celebrations for the night with a number of new surprises in store for the hundreds of guests at the black tie event.

High profile celebrity performances and ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes are promised and the direct beneficiaries of this year’s fundraising will soon be announced.

Chris Harding, Managing Director at JPG Advises,

“We are always happy to support local charities in raising money and awareness for their causes. This is a great charity event and social evening which we look forward to attending to show our support each year.”

The Firecracker Ball has become the most significant event in the Yorkshire social calendar helping to change the lives of thousands of children and young people across Yorkshire.  Since 2002 the ball has raised almost £1.7m for Barnardo’s causes.

JPG achieve Constructionline accreditation

JPG Group, one of the UK’s leading Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants has been approved by Constructionline, who are considered the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service.

Chris Harding, Managing Director at JPG commented: “I am very pleased with our accreditation from Constructionline.  It is a very thorough accreditation process that collects, assesses and monitors our company information and ensures that we are not only meeting best practice but maintain this position on an ongoing basis.  By being Constructionline approved, JPG is recognised in the construction industry as meeting high Health, Safety and Quality standards and has been added to a meticulously selected register of pre-qualified suppliers for tendering opportunities.”

Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service that assesses standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry.

The accreditations aim is to provide efficiency savings to public and private sector buyers and the construction industry as a whole by streamlining procurement procedures and improving the supply chain management processes by reducing risk, creating cost efficiencies and helping buyers engage with new suppliers.

JPG assist in York city development “The Walk”

The £7m investment will allow the development, dubbed ‘The Walk’, Holgate Road, York, to capitalise on a “buoyant” residential market in the city.

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JPG are providing structural engineering support for the refurbishment of the building and were instructed by the developers, Caddick Developments to carry out load tests to confirm existing floor capacities, a structural review of the existing precast concrete frame, design the foundation system for the new external façade, provide drainage details and structural advice during the construction phase.

The development is a joint venture between Caddick Developments and The Villas Venture and will be co-ordinated by York-based Helmsley Securities.

Myles Hartley, managing director at Caddick Developments, advises: “The strength of experience in the development and construction teams provides a clear indication of the design and build quality at The Walk.”

“We are hugely excited to be on site and to see our aspirations for the scheme be brought to life over the coming months.

“I’m sure interest in the apartments will be high from those looking for contemporary modern city centre living and savvy investors.”

JPG work closely with our construction partners to bring about the best results for a project. Our focus on delivering high quality and detailed production information, overseen by our directors at every stage, ensures that the construction process runs smoothly and within budgets.

For details about our projects, visit the projects page on our website.

JPG’s continue sponsorship of Team Stowe

JPG continue their support this year by sponsoring Jason Stowe from Wilton Developments in the RGB Championship.

JPG is in the 2nd year of sponsorship of Team Stowe and is currently highlighting the latest success for the race team in making the top 10 in the last race held at Snetterton over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd August.

Snetterton was a completely unknown track for Jason, so he wasn’t expecting much from the race, after arriving on Friday to undertake some practice laps.

Jason managed to qualify for round 7 in 16th out of 28, but an engine fault meant he was down on power and the engine was running 30% richer. Jason managing to finish in 14th place with lap times improved by 2 secs on the qualifier.

However, disappointment struck after the race weigh in, when he came in at 558.5 kg, 1.5kg under the legal weight and was disqualified. The earlier engine fault had burned an extra 7 litres of fuel which brought him below the required weight of 560kg.

For Round 8, the team ensured the weight of the car was within the weight limits for the race. Jason started in 19th out of 28 and managed to climb the grid to make the top 10. Jason managed 10th place, gaining him his first championship point’s finish.

Jason’s best lap was 1:19:80 on his 3rd lap finishing 51:25 seconds behind the winner. This is a great achievement for Team Stowe making the points section of the RGB Championship leader board.

JPG look forward to the next race on the 22nd/23rd August at the famous Silverstone racetrack.

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Watch the latest race action here from Team Stowe. The first few laps are where it all happens and Jason manages to do some great undertaking on the corners.