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We are recruiting!

Based in our Birmingham head office, we are looking for an experienced AutoCAD Engineer/Technician with a proven track record in the production of accurate and high quality engineering based AutoCAD drawings. 

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Responsibilities

  • To produce Highway and Transportation drawings with attention to detail, which will form an essential part of reports, planning applications, legal agreements, etc
  • To produce other project related graphics using specialist software
  • To apply and adhere to the company CAD standards for consistency.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable regarding CAD task programmes with respect to both client & project requirements.

Experience and Skills

  • Extensive experience as a Highway / Transportation CAD Technician working within a Transport Planning environment, either gained from a consultancy or local authority
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD with related experience and knowledge of using blocks, external references, raster images, topographic surveys, ordnance survey digital maps, etc
  • Proficiency in using third party software for road markings, traffic signs design and vehicle swept path simulation. 
  • Confidence in complying with all relevant CAD standards.
  • Experience of producing high quality output from CAD systems for use in discussions, contract documents and reports in a Highway / Transportation environment.
  • Ability and desire to work on a diverse range of projects, combining good organisational skills with effective prioritisation and management of tasks
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate well with senior and junior staff alike and within the client environment about project objectives and details.
  • Able to make reference to various design guides as DMRB, MfS, TSRGD 2002, Traffic Signs Manual Chapters 3, 4, 5, etc.
  • Motivation to work effectively as a fully participating member of a busy team within the business.

Essential software ability

  • Experience of using AutoCAD software
  • Experience of using KeyLine software
  • Experience of using KeySign software
  • Experience of using AutoTrack software

Desirable software ability

  • Experience/ knowledge of 3D design packages such as Autodesk Civil 3D, MX, etc
  • Experience/ knowledge of graphic packages such as In-Design, Photoshop, Sketch-up, etc

Please submit a full CV and covering letter by email.

Another Shared Space consent for PJA

We are very pleased to report that outline planning permission was last night granted for our shared space scheme at the former Winter Gardens site in Bournemouth, on behalf of Inland Homes.

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The mixed use redevelopment of this historic music venue will comprise 5,959 sq.m of commercial space, 114 dwellings, 8,764 sq.m of leisure space and a hotel, together with new open air public piazzas.

The scheme includes an exciting new shared space to Exeter Road, designed by PJA, which contributes to the delivery of the Grand Garden Walk.  PJA worked on the concept design of the shared space and was responsible for the detailed VISSIM traffic modelling of the scheme.

The project includes major interventions to Exeter Road which carries around 10,000 vehicles per day, including the removal of traffic signals at the junction of Exeter Road and Terrace Road.

Redevelopment of the site was previously rejected in 2012 and 2013.

Further information can be found here.

PJA scheme ranked amongst best new affordable housing schemes

We're delighted that our affordable housing scheme for Accord Housing has won an award as one of the best new affordable housing schemes in the UK at the Inside Housing Awards 2014.

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The flagship development in Church Hill, Redditch, built by Redditch Co-operative Homes, has been ranked amongst the country’s top 50 affordable housing developments 2014.  The former school site in Redditch, Worcestershire has been transformed into a modern and innovative housing development comprising 79 homes and apartments managed by a new housing co-operative.

The development, completed in December last year and partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, includes 58 houses and 21 apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership.  It also has allotment space for families to grow their own fruit and vegetables and is being run as a co-operative, which means families manage the estate themselves.
Published in Inside Housing magazine, the top 50 UK affordable housing developments were judged by leaders in the housing field, including Janet Askew, the vice president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

PJA provided advice on the design of the residential streets, which were based on Manual for Streets principles, included a shared space and landscaped square in the centre of the site.

More details about the scheme are available from the Redditch Co-operative Homes website
 

 

PJA compete in charity cricket tournament

Friday 5th September saw a team from PJA compete in the No 5 Chambers Anthony Barker QC Charity Shield cricket tournament at Moseley Cricket Club in Birmingham.

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The team put up a valiant fight in the group stage of the tournament but 'allowed' the team from Wragge & Co to proceed to the knock-out stages and eventually win the competion.

PJA team captain Steve Bates commented 'The event was very well organised and everyone really enjoyed the day.  Thanks go to all at No.5.'

Over £3,000 was raised on the day for Marie Cure Cancer Care the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The team consisted of (pictured left to right) Matt Franklin, Andrew Saffrey, Steve Bates, Annabel Keegan, Alex Johnson, Susan Pearson and Matt Proctor.

Stopping Sight Distance App now updated

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PJA's unique iPhone App 'StopDist' has now been updated so that it is optimised for the latest iOS and the most recent version of the iPhone.  The App can be downloaded from the App Store here.

PJA opens in Reading

PJA is delighted to announce the opening today of its new office in Reading.

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The team in Reading will offer continued support to our existing clients in the area whilst further developing our presence in the South East.

The Reading office will be led by Cullan Riley, with support from Matthew Franklin and Matthew Proctor.

PJA makes a trio of promotions and appointments

Mark Nettleton has been promoted from Technical Director to the role of Director, Matthew Franklin has been promoted to the position of Principal Consultant and Chris Stack, who previously worked at Atkins, has been appointed as Principal Consultant

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Director Nigel Millington said: "Phil Jones Associates is experiencing an exciting period of growth and it is vital that we have the right people in place to ensure our continued success."

"Mark, Matthew and Chris all bring the right experience and credentials to help meet the demands of the market."

"Our recruitment drive is set to continue with a further raft of appointments later in the year."

The photograph shows Mark Nettleton, Nigel Millington and Matthew Franklin (left to right)

 

PJA advises cycling legend Chris Boardman

Phil Jones has been advising cycling legend Chris Boardman on his campaign for a cycling revolution across the country.

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He has been helping Chris show the Government and local authorities that just a few simple changes to road design, costing from £3,000, will encourage residents to get on their bikes for their daily journeys - in turn tackling congestion and obesity problems.

The campaign is being backed by British Cycling - the national governing body for cycling - for which Chris is a policy advisor and Phil is an infrastructure expert. It follows research which suggests that two-thirds of people in this country would get on a bike if the environment was more appealing for cyclists. 

Phil said: "Working alongside Adrian Lord, another British Cycling infrastucture expert, we have set out proposals showing how just few a road and junction changes that prioritise cycling as a form of transport could kick start a cycling transformation across the country."

"Focusing on Chris' hometown of West Kirby, Wirral, we have highlighted how measures such as two-way cycling, speed reduction, convenient crossing, and shared space design could increase the number of cycling trips in the town by 20 per cent in the first year."

"These proposals aren't about finding new money, but are about a reallocation of existing funds and a conscious decision to create more pleasant places to live."

Chris has challenged Wirral MP Esther McVey MP and West Kirby's transport planners to implement the plans, which also show how the proposed redesigns could increase takings for local businesses by 50 per cent and at the same time reduce accidents by two-fifths.

PJA's Annabel Keegan helps to make the headlines

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PJA Associate Annabel Keegan has been helping make the Shropshire headlines thanks to her involvement in a shared spaced scheme for the market town of Shifnal, Shropshire.

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Bexleyheath Shared Space Scheme recognised in national awards

We're delighted that our Bexleyheath town centre revitalisation scheme for LB Bexley has received a Commendation in the 'Streets' category at this year's CIHT Transport Awards.  

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The project has already won a London Transport award for walking and public realm.

It involved the removal of several sets of traffic signals and their replacement with shared space 'no rules' junctions carrying up to 22,000 vehicles per day, together with extensive repaving and decluttering. We were responsible for the preliminary highways design and traffic modelling.

The new layout, which was fully opened to traffic in Autumn 2013, is proving very successful with reduced traffic and pedestrian delays, increased footfall and a reduction in empty shop units. 

More information on the project is here and you might like to watch some videos of the Police Station Square uncontrolled junction here.