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.



Green light for giant job-creating warehouses

JPG have been working with Caddick Constructon and the design team to secure planning permission for two new warehouses in Knottingley, set to support up to 2,700 jobs.

The application site comprises approximately 74 acres of land located at Trinity Farm in Knottingley.

Full planning approval was granted by Wakefield Council for a distribution building with a maximum floor space of 1.37 million sq ft which is to be occupied by TK Maxx.

The facility will replace an existing depot in Wakefield where 461 employees work. Initially 600 staff will work at the new base when it opens in 2017, but this is expected to increase to 1,900 by 2023.

Outline permission, with all matters reserved, was also secured a second phase covering 592,000 sq ft. This is expected to support up to 800 jobs when constructed.


Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts in the Construction industry

Top gifts and gadgets for Father’s this year to making their working day in the construction industry a little bit easier…

Hipkey proximity and movement alarm for smartphone (£49 the


I’m sure you have all been there watching your loved one as he flaps around looking for his phone. This is a great idea not just for the home but also for those long days in the office and when visiting construction sites for meetings!

Help is at hand to find his phone with the hipkey proximity-alarm: simply pair it with his smartphone and a 90cB alarm will sound if the two are more than 50 metres.


Craft Beer Starter Kit: Bright-eyed Amber Ale (£29.95,


Indulge his creative side as often Dad’s in construction love to make things so why not save him a trip to the pub by giving him the tools to make his own!


Wallet Ninja Multi-Tool (£8.99 Firebox)


A card with so many uses, screw, open, stand, any Dad would be impressed with this wallet sized tool kit. Your Dad will always be prepared.


Minich Tool Pen: Premium Edition (£49, the


This stylish and high quality tool pen can do the job of so many in one. Working on the principle of the pop-a-point coloured pencils this premium multitool houses a variety of screwdriver and hex set attachments.


Rhino Shield screen protector for iPhone (£17.99,


Made from an ingenious custom formulated polymer, this slender screen savior absorbs five times the impact energy, keeping your Dad’s phone safe from the most brutal of collision’s


Hubsan X4 Quadcopter with HD camera (£79,


Drones are becoming the new thing to have in construction and this little beauty is a fraction of the cost of the hi-tec versions. Great for viewing those new buildings and recording endless flying drone shots.


JPG complete extension for Symington’s Cross Green facility

JPG have just completed the extension to Symington’s warehouse facility, which was officially opened by the CEO of Symington’s, David Salkeld on May 22nd 2015.


The new extension to the warehouse facility will allow Symington’s to reduce their large external storage costs, an increase in stock accuracy.


Symington’s has operated with around 20% of its warehousing capacity being outsourced, By using the existing space on site they have been able to extend the warehouse with a fifth bay increasing the racked capacity on site from 18k pallet spaces to 24k pallet spaces.


A number of interesting facts associated with the new warehouse are:


–          1500 Cubed material / concrete removed from site

–          75% labour on site from within 20 miles of site

–          Racking travelled over 800 miles from Spain

–          8 nationalities worked within the workforce

–          100 tonnes of steel frame

–          5000 cubic meters of concrete laid

–          3000 tonnes of stones imported

–          Building 13mts in height

–          20 different trades involved with the build

–          168 staff involved from start to end

–          All this was completed within the 20-week timescale


The Delivery involved many different companies/organisations at many different phases and the co-ordination and management of the parties involved were key. JPG are pleased to have been part of this team including:

Fox Lloyd Jones, Walker Morris, Leeds City Council, Aberdeen Asset Management, Trident, KPP Limited, Stainforth Construction Limited, AR Racking


Symington’s had a defined vision to maximise their facility and the additional extension was delivered on time and within budget.


If you would like any more information about the projects JPG has been involved in, please take a look around the project section of our website.

Team Stowe climbing the grid at Croft

Croft circuit located at Dalton-on-Tees, Darlington, North Yorkshire was the location for this weekends 750 motor club. With a packed calendar of race meetings in 2015; including the British Touring Cars, British Rallycross and the best club racing in the UK.

Croft is a fantastic circuit to race at and great for spectators with clear views of large sections of the circuit from most areas.

This weekends 750 Motor Club saw 280 competitors representing 9 different championships turn up for May’s race meeting. Perfect race conditions with the weather staying dry and an array race cars including; Stock Hatch, Clio’s, RGB Sports Cars, MX5’s, Formula Vee, Protech Sports Specials, Locosts, BMW Compacts and Honda Civics all battling it out for the silverware.

This was one of the busiest weekends Croft has seen in 2015 and Jason Stowe from Team Stowe put in a great performance in his Spire GT3. In the round 3 qualifier starting 20/25 and finishing 19/25. In round 4 qualifier starting 21/25 finishing 15/23, even managing to fend off his rivals by not getting lapped!

Great to see Jason climbing the position grid and we wish Jason well for the race season and hopefully some nice silverware by the end of the year.

Team stowe race car


Becoming a Structural Engineer

Advice for any young aspiring structural engineers

Structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside civil engineers, architects and other construction professionals. Together they create various types of structures from houses, to bridges, oil rigs and more. Additionally, structural engineers are charged with developing existing structures to ensure that they remain safe, fit for purpose and take into account environmental and sustainability issues that may not have been understood when the structures were first designed.

Structural engineers have the power to shape the built environment. They are people who enjoy a challenge, can be innovative when resolving problems, and can take on the responsibility and excitement of a varied career. Structural engineering presents both creative and technical challenges and requires excellent problem solving skills. Structural engineers must understand building loads/stresses and be able to produce designs and use materials to produce stunning structures. Additionally structural engineers must develop management skills to lead engineering projects and work within commercial, legal, environmental and health and safety requirements.

Every structure has to deal with the conditions in which it is built. Structural engineers battle gravity, wind, snow and rain everyday to provide the world with outstanding structures. A career in engineering is never dull, it can take you all around world, working within a design office or on site. Structural engineering provides an opportunity for you to shape the future and improve the lives of millions of people.

As a structural engineer your work would involve:

  • Working closely with clients, architects, contractors and other professionals on construction plans
  • Developing design ideas, using computer aided design (CAD)
  • Investigating the properties of materials like glass, steel and concrete, and advising on which may be most suitable for the job
  • Working out the loads and stresses on different parts of a structure like the foundations, beams, arches and walls
  • Using computer simulations to predict how structures will react under different conditions, for example high winds or earth tremors
  • Inspecting unsafe buildings and recommending options for repairs or demolition
  • Making sure projects meet legal guidelines, environmental directives, and Health and Safety requirements
  • Preparing bids for tenders
  • Supervising project teams and giving progress reports to clients and senior managers

Working as an engineer will have a combination of office work and site visits. Structural engineering is a global profession and there may be an opportunity for you to work on projects around the world.

To enter the profession at the Technician level you would need a national diploma or the equivalent. However to progress to other grades such as Incorporated or Chartered membership you would normally need to study a three-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or four-year Masters (MEng) degree in structural or civil engineering. It is important you study an accredited degree programme and understand the level at which the course is accredited e.g. for Incorporated or Chartered membership.

For a degree course in engineering, you would need at least five GCSEs (grades A-C) and two or three A levels, including maths and a science subject (normally physics), or equivalent qualifications. Colleges or universities may accept a relevant Access to Higher Education award for entry to certain courses. You should check with them for their exact entry requirements.

Alternatively, you could get into this career at technician level after studying for a BTEC HNC/HND or foundation degree in engineering. With further training on the job, you could work your way up to engineer status.

For more information about our apprenticeship schemes or to see when we are next recruiting, please send an email to our office on

Climate Considerations V’s Building Design

Climate Considerations in Building and Urban Design is hugely important. The building must be adaptive to the environment to create a comfortable living space. The physical comfort we feel in a building is a result of the heating energy balance between the surrounding spaces and ourselves.

This is extremely important in hot-dry regions like Muscat in Oman and in hot-humid countries. The design of a building must ensure energy efficiency by keeping the inside of the building thermally pleasant. Because of the intense heat in hot countries, solar gain and heat conduction into the building should be minimized while ventilation, evaporation, earth cooling and radiant cooling should be utilised.

Understanding fundamental heat flows from conduction, convection, and radiation is key to creating energy efficient buildings. Moisture flows are also important because moisture holds energy as “latent heat.”


Climate Considerations in Building and Urban Design is important to understand the conduction, convention and radiation, which is likely to occur within the building. Site orientation and organisation will have to be planned to ensure heat management and directional heat effects from the sun. The first stage of planning starts with Building Climatology which analyses human thermal comfort and the effect of architectural and structural design features including layout, window orientation, and shading, and ventilation conditions on the indoor climate.

Then, Urban Climatology explores the ways in which the climate in densely built areas can differ from surrounding regional climactic conditions, for example, in temperature, wind speed, and humidity. This part further explores the effects of urban design elements, such as urban density and building height, on a city’s outdoor climate.

Finally, Building and Urban Design Guidelines which apply to the amount of available research on building climatology and the effects of physical planning on the urban and indoor climates to suggest design guidelines for different regions, for example, hot-dry and hot-humid climates.

These are the fundamental factors which go into developing buildings and infrastructure in hot-dry or hot-humid areas and each of these factors have to be considered in great detail from the initial planning and design phase to ensure you provide an energy efficient, comfortable building.


ABC… Architecture, Building and Culture

Architecture plays a critical role in shaping the foundations of our future environment, by working in collaboration and understanding the purpose and function required by the people using it. Needs and ambitions are carefully considered to create a stable environment through thoughtful engineering and planning.

The significance of city planning and engineering on social and economic development is one of the highest factors to consider. Obviously, good infrastructure promotes prosperity by linking people to resource, facilitating industrialisation, trade, and so on.

Architecture follows on from this and is the style of how things are built. You can see the effects of Architecture from different time periods around you everyday. The built environment represents many eras of architecture and has evolved substantially to form the cites/towns you now live/work in. Most buildings survive for several decades, and very many survive for centuries. Careful consideration must be undertaken regarding the building, it’s function, and who uses it before it’s construction.

We show our culture through the various examples of architecture around the world. Culture is known to influence and form the structures that define our experience of living. Throughout time, architecture has persisted as one of the most profoundly important reflections of culture. Whether we consider monumental structures such as the Roman ColiseumNotre Dame and Taj Mahal or modern icons such as the Empire State BuildingSydney Opera House, we see each building reflecting the story of the time, and how that iteration of culture wished to project itself to the future. Architecture is important for infrastructure, from bridges to public spaces and the planned layout of our cities.

Careful consideration from the initial planning phase must happen as this mold’s and shapes, our societies, our cities, our countries and even forms part of our culture.

Look around the cities you live in and think about the planning involved in making our lives better through thoughtful engineering, architecture and construction. I’m sure you’ve all travelled down the M1 lately. This is an example of improving our infrastructure, making it more efficient, connecting cities to accommodate the growing demand of users.