Thursday, May 1, 2014

News: JPG secures AMP brief

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Civil and structural engineering consultancy JPG has been appointed by Harworth Estates to advise on the next development stage at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

The Leeds firm is consulting on the first two speculative units comprising 30,000 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft (split into two) which make up part of the 117,000 sq ft of business and manufacturing floor space at the site, branded R-evolution @ the AMP.

Earlier this month it was announced that Harworth has pre-sold Plot 1 (2.34 acres to accommodate a building of up to 40,000 sq ft) to Maher, a supplier of high-performance alloys, and Plot 2 (1.66 acres to accommodate a building of up to 25,000 sq. ft) to Nikken Kosakusho Europe, a supplier of precision engineering products.

Harworth has also completed a forward-purchase agreement for Plots 3 and 4 with Rotherham Council for £4.3m. It also secured a £2.7m loan from the Sheffield City Region Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) Fund.

As part of the Waverley development that has transformed the former Orgreave colliery, JPG is providing expertise on land issues as the 5.29 acre site is reclaimed from backfilled open cast coal workings.

Kevin Wheldale, project manager at JPG, said: "The site needs specific attention to the foundations solution since historically it was backfilled to a depth of around 50 metres and the long term settlement effects need to be assessed. We are also advising on adopted highways and drainage to support the longer term development of the site."

Land owner and developer, Harworth Estates, recently secured a £10.95m loan to provide infrastructure – including foul sewerage and drainage - at Waverley for the AMP's remaining 68 acres of commercial development and 160 acres of housing development.

The contract win follows on from Gregory Projects selecting JPG to work on its joint development at Great Eastern Way at Parkgate. The 50,000 sq ft retail park next to Parkgate town centre has recently secure planning permission. JPG is providing advice on civil and structural aspects for the development with respect to the buildings structures, below ground drainage and surface water attenuation.

JPG is also providing expertise to identify and address any issues relating to ground conditions due to the historic use of the site and previous coal mining activity. The buildings will be of steel frame construction with elevations clad with composite panelling and glazing to the architects details.

Harworth Estates website
JPG website

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