JPG appointed at Symmetry Park, Darlington

JPG Group are pleased to be appointed as Consulting Engineers for the development at Symmetry Park, Darlington.

Located on the A66, seven miles from junction 57 of the A1 motorway and 20 miles from Tees Port, the centre will be home to a new industrial logistics fulfilment centre at Link 66, Darlington.

The total development cost, which is in excess of £100m, is being forward funded by Tritax Big Box REIT.

An unnamed occupier has taken a 1.5 million sq ft logistics facility on a 20-year lease. The logistics centre will occupy 40 acres of the wider 90-acre site, leaving 37-acres available for further development.

D B Symmetry successfully signed an option with Durham Cathedral in November last year to promote the site and gained approval for the facility earlier this month.

Speaking about the scheme, D B Symmetry development director Simon Dixon, commented: “This deal is the culmination of many months’ work and is undoubtedly a major coup for the scheme and this area of the North East, particularly in light of the recent closures of M&S and House of Fraser. We have worked extremely closely with Darlington Borough Council, the occupier and Tritax and we really appreciate their collaborative approach to getting this deal over the line.”

“With the deal now signed, we will look to appoint a contractor in the coming weeks and are planning to start on site imminently. We will be also seeking to gain outline planning consent for approximately 550,000 sq ft on the remaining 37-acres.”

Colliers International Gent Visick and Carter Jonas are our advisers.

The project team includes: Lichfields, planning consultants; GVA, project manager; cost consultant RPP; Harris Partnership, architect: JPG Group; Engineer and Desco; M&E consultant

Plans unveiled for 700 new homes at Skelton Gate

Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a further 700 new homes on the 170-acre Skelton Gate site within the Leeds Aire Valley, taking the total number of homes being brought forward to 1,800.

Templegate Developments Limited, the joint venture partnership of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has submitted this planning application to Leeds City Council.

Planning consent was granted in November 2017 for the creation of a new mixed-use sustainable community at Skelton Gate comprising up to 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, public open space, a local centre and a convenience store as well as associated infrastructure.

JPG are engaged as lead consultant to design the infrastructure and development plot arrangements on this 180-acre strategic site which includes circa 70 net developable areas of residential land which will accommodate up to 1,100 new dwellings. A further 700 new dwellings can be accommodated within a planned second development phase.

Skelton Aerial image courtesy of Templegate Developments Ltd

The land has previously been subject to a range of opencast coal mining activities and significant ground investigations are being undertaken to plot the limits of the opencast zones, establish safe build areas and monitor settlement of the made ground. The findings of the site investigation are integrated into a 3D subterranean ground model, from which land data can be established for each land parcel.

As part of the development proposals, Templegate Developments Limited is also transferring its interests in those parts of Skelton Lake within the site to Leeds City Council in order for the Council to create a new nature reserve.

Templegate Developments has also committed to a financial contribution to the ongoing management cost of the nature reserve.

The 170-acre former open cast colliery site is located to the east of Junction 45 of the M1 and its delivery will enable the creation of more than 500 new construction and operational jobs.

Work underway on speculative industrial development Melmerby

Construction work has started on a speculative 25,000 sq ft industrial unit on the A1M50 Industrial and Distribution Park in Melmerby, near Ripon.

The site, which is owned by Potter Group, is a ten-acre extension to the existing 42-acre Melmerby Industrial Estate.

Following construction of the site access roads, the demolition of previous buildings and the upgrading of existing power and utility supplies being finished, Stainforth Construction has begun work on the first unit, which is due to complete in August 2018.

Leeds-based JPG Group are the structural engineering consultants working with commercial property agent Fox Lloyd Jones, which helped Potter Group gain planning permission for the site, is acting jointly with industrial specialist Gent Visick to secure an occupier.

 

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The future of AI in the Built Environment

We take for granted the prospect of a future where machines can think, rather than just do. But the process for how we get from here to there is still rather unclear.

There are both challenges and opportunities ahead for the built environment, waiting to be identified.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, together with robotics and virtual reality, could transform the built environment, increasing the efficiency of infrastructure design, delivery and maintenance. However, the technologies are all at different stages of development and the benefits are not yet fully understood.

Rather than seeing who can create the biggest rockets, countries and companies are now battling to see who can make the smallest chips, smartest robots and most complex machine-learning algorithms. While some have argued that AI will be our undoing, others see it as an opportunity to liberate us from drudgery and create overwhelming abundance.

Mark Farmer, author of the 2016 Farmer Review of the construction industry, has said the AI sector deal could have as much, if not more, impact on property and construction as construction’s own sector deal – and it is easy to see what he means.

The UK is a world leader in AI research, with several leading international companies based here. The recent government investment into AI research will help the UK maintain its competitive edge and shows a determination to diffuse innovation across all sectors.

Genuine artificial intelligence could have deep, dramatic effects on the fabric of the built environment, creating sensing, thinking, reactive buildings. AI in the architecture profession, combined with increasingly impressive advances in business information modelling, will change the way we approach buildings’ design and delivery. Many formulaic and repetitive aspects of the design process could be automated and iterated, freeing up time for the more creative, problem-solving side of the job, thus amplifying our talents and abilities.

Automation will not only eliminate menial tasks previously performed by junior staff, but management jobs, such as resource allocation, are well suited for algorithmic resolution

We shouldn’t fear AI, we should embrace it. Computers will eliminate lots of drudgery, but ultimately designing and communicating design to other people are emotional and intrinsic human skills.

 

 

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Breeam ‘Excellent’ rating for Queen Street Offices

Leeds office receives Breeam ‘Excellent’ rating

Set over six floors, totalling a net area of 70,784 sq ft, 6 Queen Street will be a new premium quality BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office development in the heart of the prime core of Leeds city centre. The development will include 47 secure basement car parking spaces and an external luxury roof terrace providing excellent views over the city’s skyline.

Rockspring Property Investment Managers acquired 6 Queen Street, a speculative city centre office development, last October which has now been completed.

The terrace, which measures approximately 5,060 sq ft, will provide a unique outdoor space to view the skyline of Leeds.

The rest of the new office development at 6 Queen Street, was undertaken by developer Marshall CDP, featuring six floors of flexible space ranging from 4,359sq ft to 14,047sq ft, secure basement parking and a double height reception.

Designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the office space has also used the quality materials including LED lighting.

Rod Mordey, European Director at Rockspring, said: “We have developed an extremely efficient building that has a focus on strong sustainability credentials, which we know are becoming key requisites for occupiers and investors alike, but not at the expense of quality.”

JPG worked with Marshall CDP on the design engineering of the building.

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The Beacon of beauty for Hull

The Beacon is one of Hull latest Grade ‘A’ offices

Situated at the western gateway to Kingston Upon Hull, off Clive Sullivan Way, The Beacon is one of Hull latest Grade ‘A’ office space and leisure business park.

The Beacon is an important new high quality office development and business park. The development consists of four, three-storey office blocks and an industrial building with integrated offices. Built for our clients the Horncastle Group, the Beacon has a prominent position situated on the main western route into Hull next to the A63 Clive Sullivan Way.

The buildings each consist of a braced steel frame with composite metal deck floors and the walls are a mixture of polished block and rendered outer leaf on a lightweight steel frame. The foundations are piled with pile cap and ground beam and large attenuation tanks are incorporated on the site to accommodate the restricted discharge available off site.

The building was designed engineered by our team and has recently completed.

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JPG Swing into Action On This Year’s Golf Day

JPG chose to host their annual Golf Day at Headingley Golf Course, Leeds which is known for being one of the oldest golf clubs in Leeds founded in 1892.

Headingley Golf Course is situated in a rural setting and boasts many memorable golf holes which make full use of the varied and dramatic terrain.

The weather was kind to us this year and the course stayed dry for the day with many talented golfers swinging into action. A few trees were shaken and balls lost but all in all a very good day at Headingley.

The winners of the day were congratulated and presented with their prizes by Beau Falloon and Joel Moon from Leeds Rhinos who came along to mingle after the Golf. Richard Tovey managed the longest drive of the day along with Richard Baker who managed to get nearest the pin and second place! Well Done to Richard Irving for coming first place on his individual score and in third place Mike Banks.

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Supporting Woman in Engineering Day

National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016) is now an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June.

The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe, so practical new guidance just out to help employers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related industries improve diversity is very welcome. It’s been put together by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Prospect, the union for professionals, with many members in the in the science and engineering sectors.

Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “Only 9% of engineering staff are women and the lack of gender diversity is contributing to skills shortages that are damaging the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry.

“With this in mind, the IET is leading the way in encouraging more women into the sector. We know, for example, that many employers acknowledge that the lack of women in their organisations is a real problem, and so we hope this guidance will prompt them to take practical action to address this – both in terms of how they recruit more women and how they nurture the talent of those they already employ.”

JPG are currently recruiting for various roles within the business and would like to highlight our commitment to gender equality within engineering. For more information about the roles available please view our recruitment page.

JPG confirm H&S commitment with Acclaim

JPG have recently been awarded with the Acclaim H&S Accreditation – certified by the Government owned certification service, Constructionline.

Acclaim is a Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme run by Constructionline widely recognised by all in the construction industry. Acclaim Health and Safety assessment scheme provided by Capita Property and Infrastructure, is exclusive to Constructionline members.

Acclaim Accreditation is a member of ‘Safety Schemes In Procurement’ (SSIP), which is an umbrella organisation for stage 1 Health and Safety assessment schemes. SSIP is recognised by a large and growing number of buyers within the construction industry.

JPG are committed to ensuring quality and safety within the organisation and the recognised accreditation will assist in showing our commitment to policy standards to our customers.