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PJA unveils Shared Space proposals for Buntingford

Annabel Keegan, Principal Consultant at PJA, recently presented initial design concepts to the Town Council for a Shared Space scheme.

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"The design concepts presented offer an opportunity to address the gradual erosion in the quality of place that has arisen in Buntingford over the years as a result of motor traffic growth," she said.

"It offers a fresh opportunity for Buntingford to reconsider the approach to the design and management of vehicle and pedestrian movement, allowing the potential to improve safety and liveability."

Further work will be required to refine the designs, establish the cost of the scheme and determine funding sources.

Building for Life

PJA is pleased to announce that Phil Jones and Annabel Keegan have both been appointed to the Building for Life 12 assessor panel.

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Built for Life™ is the sign of a good place to live with new well designed homes & neighbourhoods.  Approval is designed to give the homebuyer confidence that important design elements have been checked during the planning process. These include details such as adequate car parking, safe street design and access to amenities. Developments that are Built for Life today have the greatest chance of being the places estate agents will be proud to show buyers around in 5 to 10 years’ time.

Phil and Annabel will now be part of a national expert panel that will assess development schemes against the 12 urban design criteria and placemaking essentials.  The Built for Life™ quality mark helps developers showcase their best new housing developments whilst helping homebuyers choose the best places to live.

PJA opens in Bristol

PJA is delighted to announce that we have opened a new regional office in Bristol.  New recruit Jon Tricker will head up the office at Temple Quay to service our existing client base in the region, including St Modwen and various public sector clients, whilst also developing new business opportunities.

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Jon said: “The Bristol Development Framework provides a structure for the future development of the city centre and has created a variety of opportunities for developers to act on for the next 20 years and more. 

“There is a wealth of regeneration potential in Bristol and the region beyond and PJA can provide high quality transport planning expertise to assist with this. We are already talking to a number of public and private developers in the area and are intending to hit the ground running when we open in April 2015.”

Phil Jones, founder of Phil Jones Associates, added: “We are delighted to be establishing a permanent presence in the South West having continually worked in the region for a number of years on projects such as Taunton Firepool. Jon is a hugely experienced transport planning expert and will be an important addition to our team. He will be supported by our staff from our head office in Birmingham while we look to recruit locally.”

Planning consent for Meon Vale

Planning permission has been issued this week for St Modwen's proposed development of 550 dwellings and a Primary School at Meon Vale, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

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PJA prepared all the transport planning inputs to the project, including detailed PARAMICS modelling of town centre highway improvements and specifying bus service enhancements. PJA Director Nigel Millington addressed the Committee and responded to the various transport related questions.

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.