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PJA and ITP join forces on high-profile Oxford city centre study

PJA is delighted to team up with sustainable transport experts ITP to undertake a movement and public realm study for Oxford city centre on behalf of Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.  

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This study will inform the new Oxford City Council Local Plan, which will contain a strategy for development of the city up to 2036, and help inform a future update of Oxfordshire County Council's Oxford Transport Strategy.

It is anticipated that within the plan period there will be significant growth with the Oxford City Council administrative area and also in surrounding Oxfordshire districts.  The study therefore aims to develop a strategy for city centre transport and public realm to ensure it is served by adequate infrastructure, and that these challenges do not compromise local quality of life or the city centre's unique environment.

The city centre is a globally-renowned place for learning and a draw for international tourism, so the public realm strategy needs to be fit for this iconic environment.  As part of the project we will review both the City and County Councils' visions for growth, and how transport movements can be managed to support its continuing success while improving the experience for residents, workers, businesses, visitors and students.

Despite existing high mode shares for public transport, walking and cycling; the local authorities seeks to grow use of these modes further as a practical mechanism for accommodating the travel demands associated with large volumes of people in a constrained, historic environment.

PJA and ITP will review traffic data, pedestrian footfall, public transport routes and future development plans to inform the vision for Oxford City Centre for years to come.  The key to the project will be achieving a fine balance between a city centre that is accessible by public transport and open to vital freight movements, while defining pleasant and safe places for people to walk and cycle.  The implications of emerging technologies such as automated vehicles and e-bikes will also be carefully considered.

PJA and ITP are a highly effective team for this study, with shared competencies in traffic and transport modelling matched by individual specialist experience of developing effective public realm schemes and urban public transport strategies.

 

For he's a jolly good Fellow.....

Phil Jones is delighted to have been transferred to the grade of Fellow by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. 

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Fellowship is the highest grade of membership, which is conferred on 'those working in highways and transportation with proven ability who have made a significant contribution to their profession'.  Phil has been a member of CIHT since 1993 and has sat on the Institution's Urban Design Panel since 2008.

New consent for Nightingale Estates

PJA are delighted that plans for 500 dwellings, shops, restaurants and a public park on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary have been given the green light by Derby City Council.

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Our team, led by Project Director Mike Edwards, provided a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to accompany the outline planning application for the £40m scheme which sits in a prominent position on the edge of Derby City Centre. 

Congratulations go to our client Nightingale Estates.  

Two planning consents in one day!

Yesterday was a great day for our team in Birmingham as it was confirmed that planning permission had been granted for two residential sites that we had provided transport planning advice on.

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Early yesterday afternoon we were advised by our clients (Engine of the North and TG Limited) that outline permission had been secured for the South Macclesfield Development Area comprising 950 dwellings, Supermarket, Primary School and a 1.5km link road.

This was rapidly followed yesterday evening by the news that St Modwen Homes had secured permission for a hybrid application to build 200 dwellings on the site of the former home of Stoke City FC – the Victoria Ground.

Congratulations to our respective clients and well done to our very own Chris Stack who was Project Manager for both sites.

TfL Strategic Cycling Analysis

PJA has prepared a summary of TfL's Strategic Cycling Analysis.  Download our Information Note below and find TfL's original document here.

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PJA advising on Cycling and Walking

PJA is delighted to be involved in three pieces of policy set to transform walking and transport policy across the country.

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We have been appointed as co-author of the best practice process for authorities implementing a Local Cycling, Walking and Infrastructure Plan – which set out an area's improvements in walking and cycling networks.

We are also assisting London boroughs with local research as part of the TfL Strategic Cycling Analysis, which sets out a new cycling network that would cater for the top 20% of cyclable trips across London, in a bid to reduce car-borne trips by 20%. 

Also in the capital, we have conducted research highlighting the delays cycles are causing in bus lanes, and the need for separate cycle lanes.

PJA moving up the ranks

Everyone at PJA is delighted to see that the firm continues to move up the rankings in the CIHT Transportation Consultants Directory 2017.

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This is testament to the hard work of everyone in the firm and the continued support of our clients - delivering results together.

Thank you to all concerned!

PJA launches new Engineering business

We are very excited to announce the formal launch today of PJA Engineering, our new Engineering business offering a full-service approach to land development engineering design and delivery. 

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PJA Engineering will deliver core land development services; Infrastructure Design, Geo-environmental and Geotechnical engineering, together with Water Resources and Flood Risk assessments, and will be focused on delivering residential and commercial development projects nationwide.

As part of the expansion, PJA has appointed sector specialists Mike Poland, Chris Johnson and Becky Lowe to lead our new sectors, whilst Dan McCrudden and Jenny Mullen have also been appointed as Technical Leads. 

A total of nine engineers have been recruited as part of the initial launch of PJA Engineering, bringing over 100 years' combined experience in the marketplace, and the team are actively recruiting additional engineers to join the growing business. 

PJA founder and managing director Phil Jones said: 

“PJA Engineering is the realisation of our aspiration to offer a broader engineering service, following countless requests we have received from our clients to take their sites through detailed design and delivery.

“I am incredibly excited to launch this new venture, with a team of well-known and respected engineers, allowing us to support our clients in a more comprehensive way by seeing projects through from initial concept to delivery. 

“With nine new roles already created in the Birmingham office and a further recruitment drive underway, the company is experiencing yet another period of growth as we embark on this latest evolution of the business – 2017 is already shaping up to be another busy and exciting year.”

PJA Engineering will be based at our Grade A office at Seven House in Longbridge, Birmingham, along with our specialist traffic modelling subsidiary, Multimodal. With the launch of the new business, over 40 members of staff will be working in the Birmingham office.

 

PJA 2016 Yearbook now available!

This year has been one of the most exciting years in the history of PJA. This document is a celebration of some of the work we are most proud of from 2016.

Download our Yearbook by clicking here.

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We have seen strong growth in each of our market sectors and the size of our team has increased in line with that growth. We have been fortunate enough to work on a range of interesting and significant projects, using innovative techniques and producing quality outputs to deliver solutions for our clients.  We hope you find our Yearbook to be of interest.