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.