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.

How engineering spearheads racecourse developments

There are 58 courses throughout the Britain, which vary in size and type. All must adhere to common track and facility standards set out by the British Horseracing Authority in order to obtain an annual licence to race.

Civil and structural engineering creates designed focused solutions to enrich the environment or a facility and deliver better services.

York racecourse is currently undergoing plans for a £5 million development of the Northern end of the course.

York is well known for the world-class horses who race there as well as the handlers, owners, jockeys and people who go to see them race, they want the experience to be the best it can possibly be. This is why it was decided to improve the facility there by looking into the functionality of the venue and the design and layout of the current site.

The plans will be to give racegoers improved viewing as well as greater ease of movement for visitors and horses. The scheme focuses on better equine facilities and a safer more enjoyable experience for the general public.

Cheltenham racecourse is another track undergoing development on a state-of-the-art new grandstand, which will replace the old A&R block in time for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

They are creating a brand new grandstand alongside Cheltenham’s existing main grandstand, to include better facilities for the annual members area, general public viewing areas, private boxes, ‘Super Club’ and the Royal Box.

The project will also see the creation of elevated walkways to improve people-flow and provide a multi-tiered ‘amphitheatre’ experience around the parade ring, allowing more people to get up close to the star horses at the heart of all top race days.

These are just a few examples of how Civil Engineering works to improve the overall experience for everyone by considering not just the design but the functionality and facilities required.

Take a look at some of the projects JPG have worked on to improve educational facilities, manufacturing plants, roads and infrastructures, here on our website.

CDM 2015 changes are now active!

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force yesterday on the 6th April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. The legal requirements for CDM 2015 highlights the following phases:

  • the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion
  • what each dutyholder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety

Written construction phase plans will be required for all construction projects (including domestic client work) and a principal designer and principal contractor appointed when there is more than one contractor on a project.

In addition, employers will be expected to provide information, instruction and supervision for workers and to meet any gap in skills and knowledge through the appropriate training.

The CITB has made available six draft guides for the main parties involved: the five duty holders — clients, contractors, designers, principal contractors and principal designers — and workers.

They can all be found at

The CITB has made it clear that there will be a transitional period after the new regulations come into force and that this will run for six months until 6 October 2015.

“For projects starting before 6 April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and where the client has not yet appointed a CDM co-ordinator, the client must appoint a principal designer as soon as it is practicable,” it explained.

Further draft guidance on CDM 2015 is available from the HSE and can be accessed at

JPG Group wish to highlight the changes so businesses can make sure employees understand their duties and how this will affect what they do.

Egg-cellent Architecture from around the world!

JPG highlight some of the extraordinary egg shaped architecture from around the world.

Take a look at this small selection of great examples of structural engineering and architecture combining to produce something magnificent.


London City Hall, UK

London City Hall is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Its unusual egg-like shape reduces surface area and improves energy efficiency. Inside the ten-story building, a 1,640 foot spiral staircase goes up to an exhibition and meeting space called “London’s Living Room.”



The City of the Arts and the Sciences in Valencia, Spain

The City of the Arts and the Sciences in Valencia, Spain, is an egg-shaped entertainment-complex that is both culturally and architecturally amazing. It has glass windows and floors. The large “eye” is an Imax Cinema. There are three floors and 13,9930 square feet of the building, which also houses a Planetarium and a Laserium.



The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, also known as The Egg, is a 129,000 square foot titanium and glass opera house in Beijing, China. The exterior has over 18,000 titanium plates, more than 1,000 sheets of ultra-white glass, and a low-iron glass with a high rate of light transmission. It cost $468.7 million and seats 5,452 people in three halls, The Opera House, The Hall, and The Theatre. It is said to look like an egg floating on the water; an artificial lake surrounds it. The hallway goes underneath the lake, but with a massive glass ceiling, light shines through the water to give visitors an otherworldly experience. The Egg was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. It held its first concert in 2007.



The Egg-shaped digesters in Bottrop, Germany

The Egg-shaped digesters in Bottrop, Germany, are used for sewage treatment processing. Another large egg-shape building is located in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Egg-o house with the garden in the center was designed by architecture company A69 from the Czech Republic.