Think Money – Trafford Park, Manchester

Civil and structural engineering consultancy, JPG, has completed works for a multi-million pound, purpose designed headquarters campus at Trafford Park in Manchester for Think Money and has subsequently been retained to provide engineering design services for the office fit out contract.

JPG was appointed by site owner Marshall CDP to provide civil, structural, geotechnical and highway design services for the complicated site following a pre let to the financial services company. It has since consulted on the delivery of three new office buildings totalling 123,550 sq. ft with a supporting crèche building and a gatehouse.  JPG has also prepared below ground services and foundations for a fourth building to facilitate expansion.

The development, which sits within an existing 10-acre site immediately adjacent the Manchester Ship Canal, presented a number of challenges as it was historically used for heavy engineering purposes.

David Allwood, Project Manager at JPG said, “Previous structures had been demolished to ground level and our intrusive site investigation showed an existing under croft and various obstructions including live services and asbestos fibres. A considerable site remediation process was required before we were able to deliver bespoke design solutions for the campus.”

The campus buildings are situated around an attractive courtyard which incorporates hard and soft landscaping and an impressive water feature overarched by a feature bridge.  Car parking is also provided for some 591 vehicles and a running track circles the site.

Think Money is consolidating its existing Salford Quays operations and moving its entire 900 strong workforce into the campus.

JPG starts major nursing home refurb

Springfield Healthcare Group has appointed structural and civil engineering consultancy JPG to oversee the complex refurbishment of a listed nursing home in Leeds.

Built in the 1600’s, originally as a private residence, Seacroft Grange is now a specialist dementia care home with 96 en suite residential rooms and apartments.

JPG was appointed to provide structural advice on the delivery of two new wings for extended residential accommodation and the refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed Grange building to create a central hub and day care facilities with inter-connecting glazed links. External landscaping along with sewer diversions and a highway cross over were also part of the brief.

The construction team is now on site under the guidance of JPG. Project Director Kevin Baker said, “Due to the listed nature of the building this project was challenging, not least because of historic fire damage, which had gutted all of the internal fabric of the structure, making surveying and ultimately the site restoration works very challenging.”

SDA is the architect for the project and PDR Construction is the appointed contractor on site.

JPG Completes Prestatyn retail park

JPG has completed works on a significant new retail park in Prestatyn, North Wales.

The 11 acre Prestatyn Retail Park, hailed as a renaissance for the town with major tenants including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Next and Boots and more than 650 new jobs created, was recently opened by local dignitaries and school children.

JPG was appointed to consult on the project during planning stages in 2007 due to its expertise in working with difficult ground conditions where specialised solutions were needed.

Kevin Wheldale, project manager at JPG said, “We faced a challenge from the onset as the brownfield site is located in an area where a layer of peat exists, and we had to specify a system of deep soil mixing that is a new technique in the UK.

“We used deep soil mix columns and deep load transfer platform utilising a system developed in Finland to deal with large peat deposits. This avoided the need for excavations and the export/import of significant amounts of fill material, which was impacting considerably on project costs and construction traffic flow on local roads.”

The scheme developer was Stadium Developments Ltd and the principle contractor was Marshall Construction West Yorkshire Ltd.