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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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www.pjaengineering.co.uk

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.

Perry Beeches Academy Trust secures consent for 700 place Primary School in Birmingham

PJA is delighted to announce that planning consent has now been granted for a 700 place primary school in Birmingham

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PJA is delighted to announce that planning consent has now been granted for a 700 place primary school in Birmingham. PJA was appointed to provide all transport and highways advice and despite achieving a recommendation for approval on highways, planning permission was refused at committee, in part on the grounds of highway safety. The applicant decided to appeal the decision and subsequently PJA supported the client at the appeal hearing in March 2016. The Inspector recommended that the appeal be allowed citing the evidence provided in the PJA documentation submitted with the application. The Secretary of State subsequently recovered the appeal for his own determination and agreed with the Inspector's conclusions and has now allowed the appeal.

Another Appeal Win for PJA

PJA has achieved another successful appeal outcome, this time for a St. Modwen employment site adjacent to the M42 Junction 10, North Warwickshire. The proposals include up to 80,000sqm of B2/B8 employment uses, adjacent to Birch Coppice Business Park, and will provide up to 1,550 jobs for the local area. 

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PJA produced the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the scheme, including the vehicular access design, improvements to pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and a public transport strategy – all of which were agreed with WCC and Highways England in advance of the Planning Inquiry.  

Whilst the key issues at Inquiry were planning and landscape, highways was identified by the Inspector as a material consideration. As part of the submitted documents, PJA provided a Statement of Common Ground, access plans and a number of supplementary technical notes supporting the planning case.

At appeal, the Inspector considered the impact of the proposals on the surrounding local and strategic highway network, the suitability of access and the package of transport measures proposed to facilitate development. The Inspector concluded, “In summary therefore, I find no conflict with the Framework which advocates that development should only be refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impacts are severe.”