Another consent for Bloor Homes

PJA is delighted that the Bloor Homes scheme for 1,400 units at West Worcester was granted planning consent earlier this week.


The proposed scheme formed part of a wider strategic allocation for West Worcester, which comprised in excess of 2,000 dwellings, a local centre, new primary school and a new link road.

PJA provided all the transport planning inputs throughout the planning application process, together with preliminary highway designs and proposals for off-site mitigation and public transport provision.

Working closely with the team promoting the other elements of the wider allocation, PJA succesfully negotiated details relating to the link road connecting through the allocation, cumulative impacts on the highway network and proportional contributions to the Worcester Transport Strategy.

The engineering team at PJA is now preparing to liaise with Worcestershire County Council in relation to the S278 detailed designs for the access and off-site mitigation works.

Changes are afoot...

This month we're taking major steps to provide you with an even better service. Stay tuned to find out how.


PJA ranked in Top 50 of CIHT Consultants' Directory

We are delighted to have retained our spot in the Top 50 of the CIHT Consultants' Directory.  Growth in turnover during the last year has been strong and we expect next year's result to be even stronger with the addition of our engineering team.  Well done team!


PJA appointed to update DfT Cycling Infrastructure Design guidance

PJA is set to help refresh a key Department of Transport document which provides guidance on the design of cycle infrastructure for the benefit and safety of both cyclists and pedestrians.


We have landed the high profile work on “Cycling Infrastructure Design” (Local Transport Note 2-08) as part of a consortium led by WSP.

PJA will be responsible for reviewing and updating the guidance to bring it into line with modern standards – which will include introducing new types of cycle infrastructure that have been developed in recent years as well as legislative changes to signing regulations. The review is due to complete early next year.
PJA Associate Director Adrian Lord said: “The growth of cycling is increasingly recognised as an important element in local and regional transport plans, complementing public transport and reducing the demand for short car trips. As numbers of cyclists increase, the quality, safety and capacity of existing cycle infrastructure has come under increasing scrutiny, driving the demand for improved guidance. Naturally, we are very pleased to be appointed to work on such a major piece of national guidance.”

Our appointment follows previous commissions to develop new design guidance for Highways England and for Transport for the West Midlands. Earlier this year, PJA also delivered a series of technical workshops to council staff and their consultants across the greater West Midlands area and for the Welsh Government as part of a refresh of the Active Travel Guidance.


St Weonards

PJA are delighted to have helped the Duchy of Cornwall secure planning consent for 24 dwellings in the village of St Weonards, Herefordshire. The scheme's benefits include a new pedestrian route to the village centre and funding towards a traffic calming scheme on the A466. Consultation and design workshops with the Parish Council and local community allowed planning permission to be granted by delegated decision in March 2018.


Promotions at PJA

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


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!


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. 


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.  

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. 


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. 



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).