Salt Barn delivered for Bedfordshire County Council

JPG were appointed to provide structural design services to construct a new 5000T bulk storage facility on behalf of Bedfordshire County Council.

The building incorporated precast perimeter retaining walls, ground bearing slab and a galvanised steel frame over a composite membrane.  Given the significant presence of salt, a detailed understanding of the concrete in this environment was required in order to be able to provide an economic long term design solution.

The preliminary design was for a traditional steel framed structure, with internal retaining walls to contain the grit salt. However, Morgan Sindall was keen to explore the potential of a more cost effective method of construction for this project.

JPG structural engineers and Modular Cubed, teamed up with JP Concrete to put together a proposal for an alternative structure. The design would include using a lightweight latticed galvanised steel structure covered with a tensioned composite membrane, supplied by Toro Shelters and precast retaining walls from JP Concrete Products with a fiber reinforced concrete floor slab.

The project was delivered on time and within budget to the delight of the client and main contractor Morgan Sindall.




The only way is the Travelodge Essex

JPG are appointed as the structural engineer on the new Travelodge lakeside hotel in West Thurrock, Essex. The brand new retail and hotel scheme has a steel frame construction and double storey A3 retail units at ground floor level and a timber framed  4 storey Travelodge above.

The  building is situated on the edge of a picturesque man made lake, which has posed some unique challenges on this build. Some of the challenges included designing the on-site drainage as part of a wider balanced drainage system that linked a number lakes upstream and downstream of the site. The lake retaining wall consists of sheet piles which were driven into the underlying chalk.   The site attenuation is permeable  paving to comply with sustainable urban drainage systems  (SUDS) requirements. The project is programmed to finished April 2017.

JPG are designing all of the Civil and Structural aspects of the project for the developers who are the owners of Lakeside shopping centre, one of the largest retail outlets in the UK alongside Marshall Building Contractors.

For more information about our structural design services, or to view the other hotels including the latest, soon to be completed Leeds boutique hotel, please take a look at our website.


Queen Street Leeds

Queen Street Leeds time lapse video

Watch this amazing time lapse video of Leeds newest luxury offices 6 Queen Street courtesy of Marshall Group

Queen Street Leeds has undergone a significant transformation over the last 12 months which you can see here from the amazing time lapse video of the Construction on the newly designed luxury offices 6 Queen Street.

The project was design engineered by JPG Group and constructed by Marshall Group.

Watch the time lapse video here and see the project come to life…

JPG Bridge the gap for TK Maxx

This month saw the installation of the final phase of this development with the new access footbridge being positioned into place. The project is nearing final completion and the new footbridge marks the last phase.

When complete this will provide 127,000m2 distribution warehouse for TJX who are the parent company for the popular designer discount stores TK Maxx.

The building is made up of a five span portal frame with the warehouse footprint dimensions 310m x 198m on plan, with an adjoining office pod and ancillary service buildings.  The height to eaves is approximately 20m, giving room for a three-storey mezzanine spread over 70% of the building footprint and with the remaining space given over to high bay racking.  JPG have designed concrete pad bases and with individual precast concrete driven piles supporting the internal mezzanine structure. The T K Maxx footbridge signals the final phase on the construction process.

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.


attracting young engineering talent

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

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.

JPG Brighouse retail scheme

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.