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Phil Jones debates people before profit

Phil Jones was part of a celebrated panel at this year’s Ecobuild, debating the topic 'People before Profit’ in front of a packed out audience.

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Joining Phil on the panel were Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London; Chris Brown, the Chief Executive of Igloo Regeneration; Lord Richard Best, President of the Local Government Association, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People; and Tim Gill, owner of Rethinking Childhood. The panel was chaired by the televison broadcaster Louise Minchin. 

The panellists debated the complex issues around designing and planning a successful town according to the diverse needs of its inhabitants, as well as meeting the ‘bottom line’ profit requirement for the developer

Phil Jones said: “It was great to be involved with EcoBuild and part of such a fantastic panel debate. Each of my fellow panellists had a different perspective, but it was useful to look together at how people-focused development can be achieved. New towns and urban extensions are crucial to increasing housebuilding rates and solving this housing crisis which at present deepens each year. Proper planning for these areas is a real necessity, and provides an opportunity to make sustainable places with infrastructure that will effectively serve their communities well into the future.” 

Green Light for 800 houses in Coventry Green Belt

Plans for 800 homes on green belt land in Keresley have been approved by Coventry City Council. PJA has provided advice to Lioncourt Homes in relation to the site since 2012, including the preparation of written representations to the Core Strategy, Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan and a Mitigation Strategy to accompany an outline planning application. 

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After extensive negotiations with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the Highways Agency, the application went to the planning committee with support from each of the highway authorities. 

The proposals will now be referred to the Secretary of State to determine if the application will be called-in for further scrutiny.

Further details on the proposals can be seen here.

PJA in meeting with Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin

Director Mark Nettleton was invited to meet the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport. Mark accompanied St Modwen to talk about the ongoing regeneration of the Longbridge development, as the Minister and prospective Conservative candidate for Northfield, Rachel Maclean, visited the site. 

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PJA has supported St Modwen since 2012 submitting planning applications for 300 family homes, a 150,000 sqft Marks & Spencer in the Town Centre and a new £35 million ExtraCare retirement village. St. Modwen aims to deliver 2,000 new homes together with employment and retail facilities to support up to 10,000 jobs at Longbridge over the next 15 years. The fast-growing Longbridge community has already seen a £300 million investment from St. Modwen, and the creation of 3,500 jobs, since regeneration began in 2005.

PJA announced as a finalist in the 2015 NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Specialist Consultant category of the 2015 NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

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This award is for engineering and consultancy firms who have either set themselves up as or developed into specialist consultancies.  This award will recognise and reward companies well known for their specialism and acknowledged as experts in their field.

The winners will be announced at a luncheon on Friday 20 March 2015 at the Claridge’s Hotel, London.

Another appeal win for PJA on behalf of Richborough Estates

Richborough Estates have been successful in gaining planning consent on appeal for the development of 113 dwellings in Baldwin’s Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, with a partial award of costs.

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Phil Jones gave evidence at the appeal and made the case for the Inspector to overturn a number of highway-related reasons for refusal.

This is the fourth appeal in the last year where Phil has given evidence on behalf of Richborough Estates, and all have been successful. 

PJA launches Graduate Development Programme

We have ambitious expansion plans and we see our Graduates as being a major part of our future success. Over the past months we have been busy developing a two-year Graduate Development Programme and we are now seeking applications from Graduates for a Summer/Autumn 2015 start in our Birmingham and Reading offices.

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Today we stand as one of the leading independent transport planning specialists in the UK, with offices in Birmingham, Reading and London. Our growing reputation led to us being shortlisted for Specialist Consultant of the Year in the New Civil Engineer (NCC)/Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) awards for 2014, whilst our Managing Director Phil Jones has recently been awarded the title of European CEO of the Year in the Small Firm category by the ACE.

We work on a wide range of transport related projects and this includes a number of high profile commissions such as providing advice on a new settlement for 4,500 homes in Cheltenham, being part of team delivering the first of Transport for London’s £120m Quietways cycle network in London, providing specialist advice for leading regeneration specialist St Modwen in relation to the regeneration of the MG Rover Plant in Birmingham, developing a shared space scheme for the Winter  Gardens in Bournemouth, and playing a key role in the development of the HS2 cycleway scheme on behalf of the Department for Transport.

Our aim is to provide a supportive, friendly and relaxed environment for Graduates where innovation and personal development are encouraged.  We will drive your career forward and help you to achieve your potential by offering you the opportunity to be involved in a number of different activities:

  • Development Planning: preparing reports to support planning applications submissions such as Transport Assessments and Travel Plans.
  • Traffic Engineering: preparing preliminary junction designs and safety schemes.
  • GIS Modelling: undertaking analysis and preparing maps and diagrams using online GIS software.
  • Junction Modelling: using specialist software packages such VISSIM, PARAMICS, LINSIG and Junctions 8 to understand the future capacity of the highway network.
  • Cycling: designing and advising on the implementation of cycle infrastructure.
  • Public Transport: developing public transport strategies to improve existing provision and support future development schemes.

Requirements

We welcome your application if you have graduated within the last 12 months, or are due to graduate in 2015, with a predicted 2.1 (or above) Bachelor’s degree and  or Master’s degree in one of the following subjects: Transport Planning, Geography, Engineering, Urban Planning, Economics, Maths, or  a Property/Built environment related discipline. It would be desirable to see an interest in transport and highways demonstrated through the modules you have taken and/or work experience, however this is not essential.

Rewards and Benefits

As a member of our Graduate Development Programme you can expect:

  • The opportunity to progress quickly within the firm.
  • The appointment of a dedicated mentor who will be responsible for your well-being and development.
  • The opportunity to work on a wide range of challenging projects.
  • We will also provide you with the support towards professional qualifications.

As well as the satisfaction of rewarding work we also offer a benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Welcome Bonus
  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Private Medical Care
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Payment of Professional Subscription
  • Private Pension Scheme

How to Apply

The closing date for Graduate applications is 28th February 2015.  We will be shortlisting candidates early in March and will be holding an assessment day in late March/early April.

If you would like to be considered for one of our roles then please email your CV and a covering letter to recruit@philjonesassociates.co.uk or apply via prospects.ac.uk

To find out more about what we do and who we are please visit our website.

TfL International Cycling Infrastructure Best Practice Study

In 2013, Phil Jones of PJA and John Dales of Urban Movement led a team that undertook an International Cycling Infrastructure Best Practice Study (ICIBPS) on behalf of Transport for London.

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This work – based on study tours of 16 cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmo, Munich, Nantes, New York, Seville and Utrecht – was intended to guide the preparation of the latest London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS) and also to be a ready resource for practitioners and others.

Now that the final version of the LCDS is to be published, TfL has put online both the ICIBPS Main Report and the Appendix containing summary bulletins from each city visited.

As these documents are both long (108 and 62 pages respectively) and full of photos, TfL can only host low-resolution versions. If you would like high resolution versions, these can be downloaded here (Main Report) and here (Appendix). We trust you find them useful and perhaps even inspirational sources of information.

Is shared space dangerous?

Phil Jones was interviewed on radio recently regarding the safety of shared space schemes, in response to comments from campaign groups for blind and visually impaired people.

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You can listen to the full interview here.

Phil Jones Associates wins work on multi-million pound TfL Quietways contract

PJA has been confirmed as part of the high profile team led by walking and cycling charity Sustrans to deliver the first of Transport for London’s £120 million Quietways cycle network announced by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week. 

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Worth £4.8 million over three years, the contract will see PJA help design and deliver the routes which will give cyclists a direct, pleasant, back street alternative to busy main roads. PJA will bring specialist modelling techniques and design skills to the team. A team of up to five PJA staff will work on the contract.

Construction is about to start on the first two routes, which will run from central London to Greenwich and Hackney and open in May next year, with a later extension to Walthamstow. 

Five more routes are at the design stage and around two dozen more will be delivered or in progress by 2016. Every London borough will be served by the Quietways. 

Phil Jones, founder and managing director of PJA said: 'This is a major boost for PJA’s London office and will be a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio of cycling projects. Using our expertise in urban design and cycling infrastructure we will ensure that the Cycleways Programme is at the forefront of design principles.

Cycling is undoubtedly experiencing a renaissance across the UK, but London is really stealing the march on other areas with its significant investment in this city-wide network. We are already advising places such as Norwich and Southwark on the development of their cycle networks and hope that London’s example will encourage other towns and cities throughout the UK to invest in cycling.'

Sustrans London Director, German Dector-Vega, said: 'Sustrans is really pleased to be working with PJA on the Quietways programme which is just one part of a much larger cycling transformation happening in the capital.'

Unlike the old London Cycle Network, Quietways will be direct and clearly signed, mostly on the road itself, making it difficult for cyclists to lose their way. Because they are on lower-traffic roads, they will be largely unsegregated. The main interventions on the vast majority of the network will be waymarking, surfacing improvements where necessary, removing barriers such as chicanes and improving the flow of the route. 

However, where directness demands the Quietway briefly join a main road, full segregation and direct crossing points will be provided, wherever possible, on that stretch. Quietways will be particularly suited to new cyclists. 

Innovators in Dutch cycle design, Royal Haskoning; leaders in inclusive cycling, Wheels for Wellbeing; and road safety experts, Local Transport Projects will work alongside PJA and Sustrans to deliver Quietways.

Phil Jones crowned CEO of the Year!!!

Phil Jones, the founder and managing director of PJA, has been crowned European CEO of the Year in the Small Firm category by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). The award recognises his success at growing PJA into one of the UK's leading independent transport planning specialists.

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Phil scooped the award last night at the 2014 European CEO Awards gala dinner at The Great Hall of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. The awards credit innovative and creative leaders who have demonstrated strong integrity and contributed to the consultancy and engineering industry and wider society. 

Phil said: 'I am delighted and of course very proud to receive this award which I believe demonstrates the success of the practice rather than me as an individual. PJA has built its business on delivering fantastic results for our clients, enabling us to open offices during the worst global recession of my career. The importance of creative solutions to solve transport planning problems and improve the built environment is more important than ever. I love what I do and the role it plays in the creating better places and communities. I would like to congratulate each member of the PJA team in winning this award.'