How to apply for an apprenticeship with JPG

There are not any set entry requirements to apply for an apprenticeship they’re open to anyone over the age of 16 as long as they are living in England and not currently in full-time education. If you have a degree you can still do an apprenticeship but you’re not eligible for funding so your employer will have to pay your training costs.

The exact entry requirements for apprenticeships will vary based on the employer; however, not everything rides on your academic achievements alone. Employers will value your enthusiasm and desire to learn, so practical skills and interest in your chosen area are very important.

In order to apply, you should be:

  •  Committed;
  • Responsible;
  • Prepared for further study;
  • Happy to work both individually and as part of a team;
  • Able to use your own initiative;
  • Able to show you’ve researched the area of work you want to do, and that you’re the right person for the job.

Equality and diversity

Apprenticeship programmes are inclusive and must comply with the principles of equality and diversity. They must show that they take an active approach to identifying and removing barriers to entry and progression. Apprenticeships must ensure equality of access for those with a learning difficulty. If there are any legal restrictions that limit entry to an Apprenticeship these must be stated.

How to apply

There are several ways to apply for an apprenticeship with JPG but here is an outline of our requirements:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE grades C to include Maths, Science and English. College education is provided on a day release basis to achieve Level 3 BTEC in Civil Engineering and Level 5 HND in Civil Engineering.

Contact us direct

If you are interested in an apprenticeship with JPG you can apply directly to us in writing with your CV and Covering Letter stating why you are the most suitable candidate.

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JPG Complete Connex 45 development Leeds

Wilton Developments has completed the £5m Connex 45 development at Thornes Farm in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone and the site is almost full with tenants, leaving only 1 available 30,000 sq ft unit.

Situated on a four acre site close to the East Leeds Link Road, Wilton Developments’ Connex 45 includes a 50,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft manufacturing and logistics buildings in the Leeds Aire Valley.

JPG worked alongside Leeds based Wilton Developments, Shipley-based Stainforth Construction, Leeds based KPP Architects and Leeds based Rex Proctor & Partners who were the Employer Agent and Quantity Surveyors on the project to complete the project by July 2015.

The Enterprise Zone comprises 142 hectares of prime employment land adjacent to the M1 motorway and is an ideal location for manufacturing and supply chain companies. Fully developed, it has the ability to foster more than 9,500 jobs. It is already home to well-established manufacturers such as packaging company, Roberts Mart, floor covering specialist, Mercardo and Symington’s food.

Colour use in building design

Colour is a powerful form of communication, we are either attracted to colour and repelled by it, so even if the coolest architectural design were presented to us, if we didn’t like the colour, we wouldn’t like it at all.

Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in one person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Sometimes this is due to personal preference, and other times can be due to cultural background.

Using Warm Colours

Warm colours include red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colours. These are the colours of fire, autumn, and of sunsets and sunrises, and are generally energizing, passionate, and positive.

Red and yellow are both primary colours, with orange falling in the middle, which means warm colours are all truly warm and aren’t created by combining a warm colour with a cool colour. Warm colours are used in designs to reflect passion, happiness, enthusiasm, and energy.

Using Cool Colours

Cool colours include green, blue, and purple and are often more subdued than warm colours. They are the colours of night, of water, of nature, and are usually calming, relaxing, and somewhat reserved.

Blue is the only primary colour within the cool spectrum, which means the other colours are created by combining blue with a warm colour. Greens take on some of the attributes of yellow, and purple takes on some of the attributes of red. Cool colours are used in designs to give a sense of calmness or professionalism.

Using Neutral Colours

Neutral colours often serve as the backdrop in design. They’re commonly combined with brighter accent colours. But they can also be used on their own in designs, and can create very sophisticated layouts. The meanings and impressions of neutral colours are much more affected by the colours that surround them than are warm and cool colours.

Whatever the colour, architecture is becoming brighter and bolder and soon city landscapes will no longer be grey and brown but will have many different colours and accent lighting.

The future of Tennis at Wimbledon

Wimbledon’s famous Court No 1 is on it’s was to having a retractable roof after a £70 million modernisation of the all England Club was given the green light back in 2014.

A seven-year masterplan to upgrade the home of tennis at SW19 with a retractable roof, designed to be closed in 10 minutes when rain starts to fall, with play resuming within half an hour after it stops — minimising hold-ups for the court’s 11,500 spectators.

The club hopes it will also mean play on both main show courts will now be able to continue until the 11pm deadline without fear of losing light. Construction of the Court One roof comes five years after Centre Court was given its £150 million retractable cover.

Work has already started prior to this year’s tournament and will continue in phases to avoid disruption.


The project will also see improved facilities and a giant new TV screen built near “Murray Mount”.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s junior programme will move into temporary courts beneath a dome on nearby playing fields, while Court 19 will be bulldozed and replaced by a public plaza with a courtyard and gardens.


Sun Control and Solar Shading

There are many different reasons why people would want to control the amount of sunlight that is admitted into a building. In warm, sunny climates excess solar gain may result in high cooling energy consumption; in cold and temperate climates winter sun entering south-facing windows can positively contribute to passive solar heating; and in nearly all climates controlling and diffusing natural illumination will improve overall day lighting.

sun-control-4Well-designed sun control and shading devices can dramatically reduce building peak heat gain and cooling requirements and improve the natural lighting quality of building interiors. Sun control and solar shading devices can also improve user visual comfort by controlling glare and reducing contrast ratios. Shading devices offer the opportunity of differentiating one building facade from another. This can provide architectural interest and human scale to an otherwise undistinguished design.

The use of sun control and shading devices is an important aspect of many energy-efficient building design strategies. In particular, buildings that employ passive solar heating or day lighting often depend on well-designed sun control and shading devices.

During cooling seasons, external window shading is an excellent way to prevent unwanted solar heat gain from entering a conditioned space. Shading can be provided by natural landscaping or by building elements such as awnings, overhangs, and trellises. Some shading devices can also function as reflectors, called light shelves, which bounce natural light for day lighting deep into building interiors.

The design of effective shading devices will depend on the solar orientation of a particular building facade. For example, simple fixed overhangs are very effective at shading south-facing windows in the summer when sun angles are high. However, the same horizontal device is ineffective at blocking low afternoon sun from entering west-facing windows during peak heat gain periods in the summer.

Exterior shading devices are particularly effective in conjunction with clear glass facades. However, high performance glazing are now available that have very low shading coefficients (SC). When specified, these new glass products reduce the need for exterior shading devices.

In the summer, peak sun angles occur at the solstice on June 21, but peak temperature and humidity are more likely to occur in August. Remember that an overhang sized to fully shade a south-facing window in August will also shade the window in April when some solar heat may be desirable.

To properly design shading devices it is necessary to understand the position of the sun in the sky during the cooling season. The position of the sun is expressed in terms of altitude and azimuth angles.

Shading devices can have a dramatic impact on building appearance. This impact can be for the better or for the worse. The earlier in the design process that shading devices are considered the more likely they are to be attractive and well integrated in the overall architecture of the project.

Architecture today uses shading devices not just as a practical necessity but also to enhance the architectural nature of a design.




Sunshine at the JPG Annual Golf Day

Over 30 guests attended our annual Golf Day this year at Cookridge Hall, Leeds, with everyone playing from their full handicap on this par 72 course.

The course itself challenged a few players with 9 water holes and the tricky feature, hole number 6 with a par 3, which is over water with a two tier green.

The day started well with everyone remembering their clubs and good form from the 1st tee-off. Some great positions and noises were heard from various guests and it looked like it could be a pretty close round.

By the time everyone had made it to the 9th hole, you could see the confidence had waned a little with a few people now doing the grass walk and the tree studying in order to retrieve their lost balls.

On the 9th hole in particular everyone seemed to be favouring the trees on the right, with some loud rustling and branch cracking.

The final hole is right in front of the clubhouse where they were greeted with a cold beer and some hearty food.

The winning team of the day were; Jason Stowe, Andrew Cooper, James Winter, Nick Child with a hugely impressive 102 points.

The top 3 golfers of the day were Jason Stowe in 1st place with 44 points, Mark Cooper in 2nd place with 40 points and Alan Sheard in 3rd place with 39 points. Our very own Managing Director, Chris Harding did not make the top 3!

Nearest the pin on the 6th hole was Simon Dixon, with another nearest the pin on the 18th hole came from one of JPG’s Directors Matthew Potter. Simon Rispin managed the longest drive of the day.

A mention must go to Nicholas Prescott who worked extremely hard throughout the course with his great magic trick of vanishing balls.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

JPG lift the Leeds skyline

JPG were appointed as the lead engineers for the office development by CDP at Queen Street in Leeds. The site posed potential issues with the proximity to surrounding buildings and the restricted access. This meant that JPG had to carry out various assessments and devise strategic project plans to ensure the smooth running of the project. JPG engaged a 500T lifting capacity mobile crane to erect the tower crane to assist with the construction of the building on this restricted access city centre site.

The operation took place over the weekend of the spring bank holiday. Prior to instructing the crane on site, JPG carried out an inspection and assessment of the service tunnel under Queen Street as part of the AIP submission to the highways department at Leeds City Council before permission was granted to allow the mobile crane to access the site.


Luxury Leeds hotel

Construction to develop the deluxe hotel fronting Greek Street and Bond Court in Leeds city centre has now commenced on site.

JPG are providing Civil & Structural Engineering services on the ten-storey, 90 bedroom luxury hotel which forms part of Evans’ £20m investment plans for the Bond Court area of Leeds.

GMI Construction have been appointed by Evans Property Group to construct the development.

This prestigious city centre location has required detailed co-ordination and planning between the design team and contractor, to determine the chosen method of construction and logistics for delivery of key components and materials. Detailed party wall negotiations have been necessary with adjacent occupiers and highways.

The building structure will be reinforced concrete from basement up to the transfer deck at second floor. Above this a proprietary composite concrete metal floor deck and structural support system will extend up to roof level.

Leeds City Council granted planning permission for the demolition of the former ‘stacker’ decommissioned car park and adjacent restaurant to make way for the new hotel.

The Top 10 Glass Buildings of the World

Below are some of the great examples of glass architecture from around the world. Building design and engineering has developed massively over the last 10 years and many creative architects have maximised the use of natural light within their designs.

The Crystal Palace (1951) was one of the first buildings to include vast amounts of glass, but to this day creative architects continue to push the boundaries, designing crystal clear masterpieces. We’ve selected 10 of our favourite glass buildings highlighting these beautiful examples of 21st century architecture.


30 St Mary Axe (London, UK)

The ‘Gherkin’ is one of the most distinctive office towers in London, and it stands at around 600ft. The six beautiful spiralling light wells spread daylight across the 41 floors, while the curved design is achieved by a distinctive diagonal steel structure. 30 St Mary Axe received the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize in 2004, and even though it’s the tenth tallest structure in London, it does appear less bulky than similarly sized rectangular builds.



Basque Health Department Headquarters (Bilbao, Spain)

This truly stunning creation really stands out from the crowd. The Facade is cleverly engineered to produce numerous visual directions, and it was designed to bring staff together in one recognisable, yet mesmerizing place. Looking at the superb structure, you’d expect the building to be home to an art gallery, not the headquarters of Basque Health Department.



The Louvre Pyramid (Paris, France)

This stunning entrance to the iconic Louvre museum was completed in 1989 and over the last decade or so it’s become a landmark of Paris. The modern pyramid design did draw in some criticism when it was opened. Some people felt that the futuristic design was not fitting with the surrounding Louvre Museum architecture, but in our eyes, that combination of old and new is what makes this building so special.



Reichstag Dome (Berlin, Germany)

The current Reichstag Dome delivers fantastic 360 degree views of the surrounding Berlin landscape and it was designed by Norman Foster to symbolise the reunification of Germany. The original dome was destroyed in the famous Reichstag fire, and the new dome delivered the finishing touch to the reconstructed Reichstag building.



The Great Glass House (Carmarthenshire, Wales)

This single span glasshouse is another structure designed by Norman Foster, and it’s positioned on the Welsh landscape like a large droplet of water. To attract maximum sunlight, the dome is tilted by seven degrees on its axis and is orientated to face the south, while 147 computer-controlled vents regulate a fully controllable and natural airflow.



Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop (Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)

Okay so this one may not be quite as well known as some of the others in our list, but it’s certainly one of the most transparent. It was designed to allow students to work in optimal lighting conditions, yet the workplace connects people with the outside world as it’s situated beside tree trunks and forest like plants.



The Botanical Garden of Curitiba (Curitiba, Brazil)

This graceful greenhouse is positioned amongst fountains, waterfalls and lakes, and the delicate glass panels with a white intricate structure work to deliver the style of French gardens. It was inspired by the mid-19th century Crystal Palace and it’s located in the heart of Curitiba, making it a major tourist attraction.



The Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)

Nicknamed Fred and Ginger, the Dancing House is one of the most famous buildings in Prague and it was completed in 1996. The distinctive design was controversial during the early days because it took on a completely different style to the surrounding gothic buildings; however the dancing shape was rewarded with the Design of the Year Award in 1996 from Time magazine. The glass tower ‘Ginger’ clings to the concrete tower ‘Fred’ and it’s regarded as one of the most interesting buildings in Europe.



W Barcelona Hotel (Barcelona, Spain)

There are many popular tourist destinations in Barcelona, and it is well known for its medieval buildings, however, you’ll find a stunning five star glass hotel in the in the Barceloneta district. This building was designed by Ricardo Bofill and it stands tall at 325 ft, delivering superb large sea views and an unbelievable amount of natural light.



The Shard (London, UK)

Formerly known as London Bridge Tower, the Shard is one of the youngest buildings in our list. It was designed by Renzo Piano and completed in 2012, and it’s the tallest skyscraper in London (ahead of One Canada Square). The sophisticated facades of angled glass reflect sunlight to the sky above, meaning the appearance changes considerably depending on the weather conditions. It’s also worth noting that the view it provides of the capital is unrivalled, whilst it certainly adds sophistication to the skyline of London.

With so many advances in engineering and design we’re confident there will be many more innovative glass buildings to come. Architectural styles are constantly evolving, as too is the technology and building materials used, but in our eyes, clean lines, glass and natural daylight create the winning formula.

Architecture future design trends

So really great ideas have come from designers across the world about their interpretation of what the future holds in terms of architecture design. Designers are becoming bolder and have more scope with their ideas even if they do seem completely unfeasible. Curves, movement, sustainability and functionality will play a big part in designs. People aren’t just thinking about the design they are designing with a purpose.

Take a look at these 5 examples of what types of architecture we could be looking at in the future.

1. Curves and form

This bridge is a great example of the use of curve and formation to create not just something functional but something, which looks beautiful. Why craft boring suspension bridges or arched overpasses when humanity is capable of building massive architectural feats like this to cross a river? The impressive, undulating design, destined to function as a pedestrian footbridge over the Dragon King Harbour River in China and is the product of NEXT Architects. The bridge design involves three individual, swirling lanes hovering over the picturesque landscape of Changsha.



2. Moving Buildings

This image of an 80-story skyscraper, imagined by Dynamic Architecture‘s David Fisherback in 2008, is designed to move and rotate. With designers concepts continually pushing boundaries this rotating building is certainly not something anyone could of considered 10 years ago.

The enormous, towering building would have floors that move ever so slightly, completing a 360 degree rotation every 90 minutes. Forget about fighting for an east-facing apartment, the suites in Dynamic Architecture’s creation would have all four cardinal directions covered. And it get’s better. The building would be equipped with several giant wind turbines that generate electricity for tenants, and penthouse residents would be able to park their car at their apartments thanks to nifty lifts.

While we’re not sure this design will ever actually come to fruition this just shows that imagination and creativity should never be stopped.



3. Outside inside

The designer Scofidio + Renfro (in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers), who proposed this particularly stunning design based on a theory of “Wild Urbanism,” or the concept of a “hybrid landscape where the natural and the built cohabit to create a new public space.”

The park will feature four landscape typologies — tundra, steppe, forest and wetland, integrating augmented micro-climates that will enable the park to function as a public space throughout Russia’s extreme winters. The ideas was to create and environment tat could be enjoyed all year round. As many of us moan unscrupulously about the British weather could this be the new form of parks and social areas in years to come?



4. Invisible Architecture

Invisible architecture is the calling card of science fiction design where people and objects morph into their surroundings. Of course, there’s South Korea’s in-the-works, LED-clad Infinity Tower. CNN reported in 2013 that “the invisibility illusion will be achieved with a high-tech LED facade system that uses a series of cameras that will send real-time images onto the building’s reflective surface.”

But there’s also the shorter, less flashy structure (pictured above) designed by New York-based architecture firm stpmj. The parallelogram-shaped barn would be made of wood and sheeted with mirror film. The idea is to “blur the perceptual boundary” between object and setting, according to a statement sent by the architects to The Huffington Post earlier this year. We have to say we’re impressed with architects’ ability to push the boundaries of what invisible really means.



5. Living Buildings

When people talk about sustainability and the environment we have already seen a slight shift in the way buildings are being designed using nature and planted areas. Rather than having the garden an building separate, architects are fusing the two together to form a living building. What a great way to enhance the structure and provide a new way of dealing with CO2 emissions.

The School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore displays an amazing swirling green roof where students can have lunch and study sessions. Blending nature and hi-tech, this building stands up to the creativity it accommodates and acts as a factor of attraction for new students every year.

Whether you are on board with new ideas or see these as just gimmicks, the main focus is how we can improve our surroundings by creative, functional and sustainable architecture.