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Promotions at PJA

We are delighted to announce promotions for Mike Edwards and Abdushafi Hassn.

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Mike is based in our Birmingham office and is promoted to the position of Regional Director for the Midlands.

Abdushafi is based in our Reading office is and promoted to the position of Principal Consultant.

We would like to offer our congratualtions to both Mike and Abdushafi.

Well done!

PJA in NCE Top 100 Companies of the Year 2018

PJA is delighted to once again be included in the top NCE 100 Companies of the Year 2018!

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The NCE 100 power list recognises the most forward-thinking, innovative firms operating in civil engineering today. PJA is considered an example of a firm that is driving the industry forward: increasing productivity; driving cultural change; and delivering for society here in the UK and worldwide.

As an NCE 100 Company, we are part of the exclusive NCE 100 Club with the opportunity to participate in a series of industry best practice sharing events over the coming year.

We couldn't have done this without our amazing staff members, so huge congratulations to all of the staff for this great achievement!

Planning permission for Firepool scheme - Taunton town centre

PJA are delighted to announce that plans for a large mixed-use town centre development were approved at planning committee last night. 

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The Firepool site in Taunton, promoted by St. Modwen Developments Ltd, is located on a former cattle market on the edge of the town centre, between Taunton railway station and Somerset County Cricket Club.

The plans include up to 200 new residential units, food and non-food retail, offices, a hotel, cinema and pub/restaurant uses and a 425 space car park. The scheme will be accessed via the newly opened Northern Inner Distribution Road and will also provide an attractive pedestrian/cycle link between Taunton town centre and the railway station.

PJA's Birmingham based development planning team provided transport planning advice throughout the planning application process.

Congratulations to our client, St. Modwen Developments.  

Consultation on revised NPPF now open

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched its consultation on the revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework.  The consultation runs until Thursday 10th May 2018.

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The draft sets out changes to the policy framework in a number of key areas; amongst them Plan-Making, Decision Making, Delivering Quality and Building a Strong, Competitive economy.  

Transport is a core theme that sits through the consultation draft.  Today, PJA announce that we will be issuing a number of short technical notes that will aim to get under the detail of the consultation draft and set out what the practical implications are for developers and others engaged in the development process.

Key questions remain and as others seek to summarise the detail we will aim to set out some answers to questions such as:

  • Has the definition of severity and the introduction of the notion of significant impact changed the way Highway Authorities should deal with Transport Assessments?
  • What is actually meant by the phrase “can be made sustainable”?
  • What are the implications of LCWIPs' inclusion in the NPPF?

We will aim to deal with these issues and more during the early part of the consultation period to inform our clients in making their responses.

PJA to assist development of Local Authority Walking and Cycling Plans

Phil Jones Associates has been appointed in a consortium with WSP and Mott Macdonald to support the development of the first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) by Authorities across England. 

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A team of project managers will lead support to 35 local authorities that have been awarded assistance by DfT. Phil Jones Associates is also providing a team of nationally well-known experts in transport planning, infrastructure design, road safety and public health who will be able to provide additional specialist inputs and capture good practice.

The development and creation of LCWIPs is an important part of the Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which aims to increase cycling and walking by making them the natural choices for shorter journeys or part of a longer journey.

The team will be working with a range of unitary, county and combined authorities to develop LCWIPs that cover different scales and address many different transport challenges. 

The WSP/PJA/Mott MacDonald team has been appointed to the project by DfT following their previous work producing the LCWIP guidance and involvement in Highways England's Cycling, Safety and Integration programme. 

 

Tom Millard - Master's degree and award

Yesterday, Tom Millard was awarded a Master's degree with Distinction in Transport Economics, from the University of Leeds. Tom studied the course part time over two years, alongside working full time for PJA. The varied programme comprised modules covering all key areas of the discipline including economic appraisal, pricing techniques, economic regulation and econometrics. 

 

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Tom was also awarded the “Arup Transport Studies Prize” for the best dissertation, receiving a mark of 82. The research, titled “What is the impact of urban realm improvements on residential property prices in London?” employs a hedonic regression of the housing market to estimate implicit values for indicators of urban realm quality and accessibility.   

Tom collecting best dissertation prize, pictured with Dr Anthony Whiteing, Institute for Transport Studies Deputy Director of Student Education (left) and Professor Richard Batley, Director of the Institute for Transport Studies (right).

 

Our South West teams are moving on up …

Our teams in the South West are relocating to bigger offices as demand grows for their transport planning, traffic engineering and placemaking services – with more new jobs set to be created.

The five-strong team in our Bristol office is moving to the stunning Grade ll listed Brew House on Jacob Street, in modern loft-style workspace catering for up to 12 people. Our Exeter team is relocating to the prestigious Dean Clarke House in Southernhay East – which also has room for expansion.

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The offices are working on a number of exciting, high profile projects including the redevelopment of Filton Airfield in South Gloucestershire, relocation of Swindon bus station and a public realm scheme on Royal Parade in Cheltenham. Public and private sector clients include YTL Developments (UK), St. Modwen, Barratt Homes,  Eagle One, Torbay Development Agency and Exeter College.

The teams' work is also spreading further afield to the home counties, with the delivery of town centre strategies in Hertfordshire, Essex, and Buckinghamshire, as well as projects in some London boroughs.

The South West region is led by Jon Tricker, Hannah Shrimpton and Matt McFeat. Jon said: “Our business in the region is flourishing and staff numbers are growing – with more people set to be taken on in the coming months. The new offices provide a modern environment and room for further growth. Our success is thanks to our hard working team and strong relationships with our clients. Here's to even more success in our new homes.”

South West focus: Regeneration of Filton Airfield, Bristol

This transformative project in South Gloucestershire will deliver 2,675 homes, as well as office and industrial workplaces for 9,000 people on the historic airfield site. The 142 hectare development will also provide new town and local centres, primary and secondary schools, a new railway station, strategic cycle infrastructure, an extension to the West of England MetroBus network and a destination park. The site lies at the heart of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood allocation, which will provide around 5,000 new homes, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the area for over a decade.

We worked closely with the masterplan team, which was led by Allies and Morrison, and included Grant Associates (landscape architects) and Peter Brett Associates (engineering), to shape the movement strategy and develop street design concepts for the site that focused on provision for active travel.

Having acquired the site in 2015, YTL Developments (UK) achieved consent for the outline planning application in October..

Image credit: Grant Associates

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Image credit: Allies and Morrison

In addition to our work on the masterplan, we provided transport planning advice and prepared the transport assessment, framework travel plan and the Design and Access Statement transport chapter as part of the planning submission We continue to work with the design team to develop design codes for the initial phases of development.

Jon Tricker said: “We are very excited to be supporting YTL Developments (UK) on their first major development in the UK, with its strong focus on placemaking, the delivery of high quality public realm and sustainable transport. In developing the sites' movement network we have drawn on best practice and emerging concepts, to reflect the clients aspiration for a distinctive and innovative development.”

Filton and the former airfield are famous for aeronautical history, including the design and construction of iconic aircraft since before the First World War through to the present day - the most famous of which being the supersonic Concorde which was developed and manufactured here in the 1960s and 1970s.

Planning permission for new employment site in Worcester

PJA are pleased to confirm that plans for over 200,000sqft of employment at Parsonage Way in Worcester was given approval at planning committee. The scheme by Warndon Six Ltd, for a mix of B1, B2 and B8 uses was awarded a resolution to grant, subject to the S106.

PJA and PJA Engineering both provided input into the planning application, including transport planning, highways design and drainage design. 

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PJA part of successful appeal in Oldham

PJA are delighted to announce Rainier Development's successful appeal for a residential scheme in Oldham. PJA's development planning team provided highways advice throughout the application and appeal, including the production of the Statement of Case and appearing as an expert witness at the hearing.

Congratulations to our client, Rainier Developments. 

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