JPG Group has been appointed by Harworth Group to provide civil and strategic land consultancy services for the next two major development stages at Gateway 36 in Barnsley.

Gateway 36 is a significant 127-acre mixed-use development located adjacent to Junction 36 of the M1, on the site of the former Rockingham Colliery. Harworth has already delivered phase one on the strategic site with the delivery of more than 145,000 sq ft of industrial space and a drive through unit, creating 250 jobs.

In October 2020 JPG assisted Harworth in secured planning consent for phases two and three which comprise 1.1 million sq ft of additional space for business, industrial, storage and distribution purposes. Consent has also been granted for a new link road from the existing Shortwood Roundabout, running south to serve phase two, alongside a new roundabout on the Dearne Valley Parkway with an arm to the north to serve phase three.

All three phases of Gateway 36, alongside nearby employment and residential land have been unlocked as part of a £17.1m funding package from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF). It is estimated that this development will support the creation of 2,500 jobs when completed.

JPG has provided advice through the necessary consents for structural, earthworks, draining and access. They have utilised the very latest BIM compatible software to design the subsurface, highways and earthworks in 3D; allowing for the design to deliver the most sustainable approach with an overall net-zero import or export.

The contract also includes professional advice on the installation of an earth reinforced slope and temporary surface water management infrastructure. JPG is working alongside the scheme’s main contractor Howard Civil Engineering.

Due to the scale of the project, its mining legacy and its challenging topography JPG is serving the project from its teams in Strategic Land, Infrastructure and Geo-Environmental Engineering.

Owen Lokuciejewski-Taylor, Associate and Head of Strategic Land at JPG Group who is leading the project, said… “We’re pleased to be able to incorporate several aspects of JPG’s expertise into this project. Use of latest software has really enabled us to incorporate site constraints into our early ground model, which in-turn has allowed us to deliver a design, from earthworks to highways, in the best possible arrangement. “This is a great example of how understanding a site from a strategic viewpoint, very early on in its development, has led to the most sustainable outcome. I’m really excited to see this project develop and look forward to unlocking the potential for other brownfield sites in the future using this proven approach”.

Robert Cole, Project Manager at Harworth Group said…. “Gateway 36 is an important scheme for Haworth, Barnsley Council and the wider Sheffield City Region. Overcoming the challenges of difficult topography, geotechnical issues and the modification of a busy trunk road, all within tight financial constraints, has required a strong professional team. I’m pleased that JPG have been an integral part of this throughout the planning process and now during the delivery phase.”

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