PJA are providing transport advice to Inland Homes on a range of sites across the Southeast of England and have helped secure planning consent on a number of large scale schemes, including the redevelopment of the Bournemouth Winter Gardens and the Former Meridian TV Studios in Southampton. The Winter Gardens project involved detailed design of a shared space scheme for one of the principle arteries through the town and the preparation of a VISSIM microsimulation model to demonstrate the impact.
PJA are currently commissioned on a number of high profile schemes including the redevelopment of the Chapel Riverside in Southampton and the former gas works site in High Wycombe as well as a number of smaller residential sites in Essex, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire. PJA are also utilising GIS software to provide initial access and sustainability advice on the feasibility of taking forward a range of other residential schemes through to planning applications.
Lidl, the German discount food store, has also appointed PJA to provide transport planning advice. Transport planning and urban design advice was recently provided for a new store in Yardley, Birmingham, high level access advice was provided for a potential store in Dunstable, and urban design advice was provided for a proposed store in Malden, Essex. PJA have also recently been approached by Lidl to advise on a further seven sites in the Midlands where expansion of existing stores is being considered.
In the public sector, PJA has been appointed to Hertfordshire County Council’s property framework, which will be used by the council to appoint property consultants to assist them in the delivery of key projects across the county until 2019.
PJA has already won the first of these mini-competitions as it has been selected to advise Hertfordshire County Council on seven primary and secondary school expansion projects which aim to deliver state-of-the-art facilities for children in the county.
Also in Hertfordshire, but external to the aforementioned framework, we have started work on a new shared space scheme in Buntingford.
Annabel Keegan, Principal Consultant with PJA, recently presented initial design concepts to Buntingford Town Council the scheme which aims to re-establish a sense of place and improve safety for pedestrians.
Annabel said: "The design concepts address the gradual erosion in the quality of place that has arisen in Buntingford over the years as a result of traffic growth, and present an opportunity to reconsider the approach to the design and management of vehicle and pedestrian movement, allowing the potential to improve safety and liveability."