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Work gets under way on new £100m office development behind Parkway Station

Posted on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Amanda Deeks (chief executive of South Gloucestershire Council) and James Digby (director of Ashfield Land) mark the formal start of site clearance and demolition at The Approach, Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Work has started on a new £100m, 160,000 sq ft corporate office development on Hunts Ground Road, opposite the park and ride site at the rear of Parkway Station.

Developer Ashfield Land was granted planning permission for the scheme (now being marketed as ‘The Approach‘) by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in June last year.

Contractor ISG is carrying out the site clearance and demolition on behalf of Ashfield Land. As well as being the demolition contractor, ISG previously occupied the former office buildings on the site for more than 40 years (having originally moved there in 1974).

Amanda Deeks, chief executive of the council, joined Ashfield Land director James Digby to mark the formal start of site clearance and demolition.

James Digby said:

“Today is about bringing The Approach another step closer and readying the site for redevelopment. It’s a major milestone and means we have real momentum as we look to move forward into construction and, ultimately, providing a top quality occupier with a new home here in Bristol.”

Cllr Colin Hunt, lead member for planning at SGC, added:

“We’re delighted to see this key development site coming forward. Situated next to Parkway Station, The Approach will be an ideal location for bringing new business to South Gloucestershire and creating hundreds of new jobs.”

JLL, which is marketing the building, anticipates The Approach will appeal to a number of national and international businesses, not least because it offers such attractive connectivity and quality while having lower occupational costs than comparable office space in London, the South East and even Bristol City Centre.

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Hitachi to create 150 jobs at new train depot in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an Hitachi Intercity Express (ICE) train inside the Stoke Gifford service depot.

Japanese firm Hitachi is creating 150 jobs at its newly built train service depot in Stoke Gifford.

The £80m facility, near Bristol Parkway Station, will maintain the new Intercity Express (ICE) trains which will run on the Great Western route.

Recruitment for the 150 jobs is starting now to ensure the facility is ready ahead of arrival of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year.

Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains.

The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology.

The first wave of the new trains to be introduced on passenger services is being built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE’s) UK train manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The new roles are permanent and require people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. As part of bringing new skills and talents into the industry, steps are being taken to attract people who have not previously worked in rail. HRE is looking to recruit from a variety of sectors such as aviation, automotive, and the military, as well as those groups often under-represented in rail such as women and young people. HRE will provide extensive training to ensure new employees meet the high standards long associated with the Hitachi brand.

More: Depot will recruit four new apprentices every year »

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Ratcliffe Drive post office reopened after refit

Posted on Monday 15th August 2016 at 6:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Jhoots directors and staff at the newly-refurbished post office in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford. L-r: Richard Sugden (operations manager), Hazel Phelps (post office assistant) and Roger Herbert (director of primary care).

Stoke Gifford’s newly-refurbished ‘main style’ post office in the former Jhoots Pharmacy store in Ratcliffe Drive is proving a hit with local residents and businesses.

Following its reopening at the end of June, the post office now offers three serving positions: one screened, one open plan and a third at a retail counter at the front of the store.

Services available at the branch include: Drop & Go, Parcelforce Express, vehicle tax, foreign currency, travel insurance, National Express ticket sales and Post Office banking, in addition to all the usual branch post office functions.

The new layout incorporates a consultation area where post office staff can give advice on financial products, but Jhoots say they are looking at the possibility of using this space for a self-service scanner/photocopier or photo printing kiosk.

The post office operation has now been taken under the direct control of the Jhoots pharmacy group, which operates 50 pharmacies across the UK, including seven in the Bristol area and two in Bath. It had previously been operated by an independent postmaster and then, following the transfer of the pharmacy to the nearby Stoke Gifford Medical Centre in January 2015, by an organisation acting as a temporary postmaster.

Richard Sugden, operations director at Jhoots, described the Stoke Gifford site as a new venture for the company, being its first standalone business that is not a pharmacy.

Jhoots have taken on the two staff who worked at the previous post office and are in the process of recruiting two more.

Aside from the post office function, the shop also stocks stationery, household products and a small selection of gifts. The range of products offered will be regularly reviewed and the business will respond to the needs of the community.

More: Business will be developed to meet needs of the community »

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Stoke Gifford railway training centre to stage apprenticeship open evening

Posted on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 9:15 am by SH (Editor)

Network Rail apprentices training at HMS Sultan.

Network Rail is inviting young people and their families from across the West of England area to its state-of-the-art maintenance training centre in Stoke Gifford to experience life as a railway apprentice and meet the people and high-tech kit involved in keeping Britain’s rail network running.

The company is seeking 50 new apprentices to join its ranks along the Western route, where billions of pounds is being invested in electrifying and upgrading the railway over the next few years. With this and further investment across Britain, today’s apprentice could tomorrow be part of one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country.

Those attending will have the chance to speak to current and past apprentices, engineers and recruiters about the scheme and the opportunities available.

Michelle Palin, who heads up recruitment for the Network Rail scheme said:

“It’s a very exciting time to work on the Great Western route with electrification, Reading station development and Crossrail. We need more highly skilled people to help us meet the challenges of a busier network and focus on improving performance and increasing capacity. The apprenticeship is just the start of our learning programme. The Bristol training centre is evidence of the quality of training our people of all levels are offered and we’re committed to developing our workforce.”

“Many of our apprentices go on to be team leaders and managers and take up the opportunity to further their education with a foundation degree in engineering, which we fund and support. I look forward to meeting lots of young men and women and their families to showcase the exciting opportunities available.”

More: Apprentices will be paid £14,000 in third year »

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