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AXIS puts Place-Making at Core of Multi-Million Pound Regeneration Scheme

Phase 1B will sit alongside Canal Turn, which started on site this year

AXIS is playing a lead role in the design and delivery of Nottingham’s biggest regeneration scheme in decades, The Island Quarter.

The original Boots factory site, which has been derelict for many years, will be transformed into a dynamic new Nottingham neighbourhood by a mixed-use commercial and residential scheme. The first phase of this 40-acre development, known as Canal Turn, will revitalise land adjacent to the Nottingham Canal. 

The site includes the creation of a new area of canal-side public realm, which will be the setting for a landmark waterfront building and a contemporary bandstand.  Canal Turn will be a new focal point of the Nottingham entertainment scene, hosting concerts and events all year round. The three-storey 2,000 sqm building features two restaurants, event space with panoramic views and a large rooftop terrace.

AXIS has been heavily involved in the scheme from the beginning, responsible for all town planning, external works design and transportation planning services.

Jon Mason, AXIS Technical Director

Jon Mason, Landscape Technical Director at AXIS said, “Placemaking has been central to AXIS’ work on the new public realm areas in Canal Turn. This development will be the first step in providing a setting for a wide range of community activities. The focus is very much on the ‘customer experience’. We’re making sure we create an external environment where people feel comfortable, want to spend time, and want to return to.”

The Island Quarter, when fully delivered, will be a transformation with new homes, grade A offices, a co-working and creative space, lifestyle hotels, student accommodation and a wide range of food and beverage outlets. 

The new development will be set within new, high-quality public realm.  A ‘green ribbon’ of open spaces will provide active travel connectivity through the site and spaces for the new community and its visitors to relax, exercise and have access to plentiful fresh air.  The development will create thousands of jobs, bolster the local economy, and enhance existing on and off-site pedestrian and cyclist connections to help strengthen links with adjoining areas.

Jon adds, “Our aim is to create a cultural and entertainment destination that is accessible to and engaging for all types of people; a place that’s well known both for the major events throughout the year and special one-off concerts, but also is an attractive, comfortable place to spend time with friends and family at any time of the day, any day of the week.

Given the close proximity of the city centre and great public transport links, we are keen to make accessing the site on foot and by bicycle extremely easy.”

David Jones, AXIS Director

David Jones, Director at AXIS, adds “Working on The Island Quarter scheme with Conygar has been a great experience for the AXIS team, and it’s fantastic to see the proposals taking shape onsite at Canal Turn.

This initial first phase will set the tone of what is to come in the wider development  and represents an exciting new dawn for this forgotten part of the city. Its focus on placemaking will ensure it is a sustainable destination, in every sense, for future generations.”

Christopher Ware, Director at Conygar, the developer behind the scheme, elaborates on their relationship with the council and AXIS: “We’ve worked very closely with the City Council and the design team to put together a development that will transform this part of the city centre and become a new destination and community for the future of Nottingham.

Key to its success will be a public realm that has variety, distinctiveness but, most of all, delivers an environment that is responsive to the buildings and activities within it. The team at AXIS have brought their planning and placemaking expertise to the table, and have made a significant contribution to the scheme’s progress so far. We are all very excited to see the development come to life over the next few years.”

Details of the second part of the first phase of The Island Quarter, Phase 1B, were submitted as a detailed planning application just after the Christmas break. The development includes buildings that will punctuate the Nottingham skyline, and comprises a 223-bed hotel, more than 240 build-to-rent apartments, co-working space, and an extensive food and beverage area.

The building features a 100m-long forum with food and drink outlets

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Continued Growth Sees AXIS Appoint Two New Roles

Following a successful year of continued growth, AXIS has increased its Transport Planning capability with the appointment of two new highly experienced members of staff. Catherine Zoeftig and Duncan Carter, both formerly employed at AECOM, join as Associate Director and Senior Transport Planner respectively.

With a combined 35 years’ experience, Catherine and Duncan will bolster the existing team headed by Lee Kendall, Technical Director, growing numbers to five.

The AXIS Transport Planning team forms part of the wider business of 33 total staff which provide Planning, Environment and Landscape Design services.

Catherine Zoeftig, Associate Director, said: “I am delighted to be joining AXIS at such an exciting time in the growth of the Transport Planning business. Despite current challenges, there are huge opportunities in this area and I am confident my experience and skills will bring positive outcomes both for the team and business as a whole. Being given the chance to work with a team already providing high quality and competitively priced work, within a modern forward thinking and efficient business, provides an excellent opportunity for me to help grow the future Transport Planning workload for AXIS”.

Duncan Carter, Senior Transport Planner, said “I am happy to have been invited to join the team at AXIS for the next stage of my career. I look forward to getting involved in the wide range of exciting projects that AXIS is currently delivering and supporting Lee and Catherine in the ongoing development of the Transport Planning team”.

Commenting on the new appointments, Lee Kendall added: “It’s a genuinely exciting time for the whole company, and Catherine and Duncan will play a big part of that going forward. We are bucking the trend insofar as we have just experienced the busiest quarter in the company’s 20+ year history. Our staff’s commitment, professionalism and work ethic through the pandemic has been unparalleled and we are now very well positioned to adapt to emerging planning and transport policy changes. We are seeing growth in all sectors, and not just from our traditional energy, waste and residential developer clients”.

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AXIS makes new Transport Planning Appointments

AXIS has significantly bolstered its Transport Planning capability with the appointment of three new staff members, including Lee Kendall, formerly with Curtins, who will now lead the overall Transport team. Lee is joined by Stephen Flacke from WYG and Balal Ahmed from SCP.

Based in Wilmslow, Lee Kendall, Technical Director, said: “AXIS has been providing Transport Planning advice for over 12 years. The new appointments reflect the company’s commitment to growth in this sector and we’re confident we know how to provide clients with what they actually want in a professional, expert and approachable manner. It’s not rocket science by any means – we simply aim to give high quality advice, on time, and at a competitive price. Our clients have come to appreciate us for this, which is reflected in the level of repeat business we’ve enjoyed in our previous positions and the growing future workload here at AXIS. We are all excited to join the company because of the modern, welcoming working environment here, and the huge opportunity for growth.”

Commenting on the new appointments, AXIS Director David Jones said: “The Directors of AXIS are delighted to welcome Lee, Stephen and Balal to the company. Each of them has already demonstrated their professionalism and enthusiasm and has embraced the company ethos of providing first-class advice, with a smile on your face. We have absolute confidence in their capabilities and are convinced they have the credentials to further enhance the Company’s reputation in this sector.”

AXIS operate from two offices in Chester and Wilmslow, servicing projects in all sectors across the UK.

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AXIS is pleased to welcome two new members of staff to its expanding Landscape Team

Graeme Rosser is a Chartered Landscape Architect and has over 25 years’ experience in the masterplanning, designing, implementing and assessment of landscape schemes. The range of projects he has worked on include infrastructure schemes, residential developments, care homes, gasification plants and many others. Graeme will be expanding his repertoire by working on delivery of Environment Agency flood defence schemes in the north west and will also be seconded to Environment Agency part-time as part of its National Environmental Assessment Service.

Amy Furness is a post graduate Landscape Architect, who also has ecology and environmental management strings to her bow. Amy has worked on a variety of landscape design schemes and will support her AXIS colleagues across all disciplines. With the wide range of projects in which AXIS is involved she is certain to rapidly acquire good experience to support her progress to professional qualification.

AXIS is also pleased to announce the appointment of two members of staff to its Chester Planning team:

Siân Hayle was appointed in December 2017 as a Senior Planning Consultant. Siân is a Chartered Town Planner with over five years’ experience in the private sector. She has filled a role as both Project Manager on a number of significant planning proposals as well as acting as assistant to AXIS Senior Management on major EIA infrastructure projects. Siân will be widening her experience working on a variety of minerals, waste, residential and industrial development projects over the next twelve months.

Laura Mackey was appointed in December 2016 as a Planning Consultant. During her period of employment with AXIS, Laura has already developed experience assisting and leading on a variety of complex planning projects including, amongst other things; wind farm development, flood defence schemes, gas peaking plants, residential development, manufacturing and pipeline development projects. Laura is working towards her RTPI Membership and has already proven herself to be an integral part of the Planning Team.

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AXIS helps Environment Agency to Win Award at ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2018

AXIS helped the EA to prepare its winning submission in the Community Category of the ICE NW Civil Engineering Awards 2018, announced 9 March at the Awards Ceremony, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. The EA was delighted to be presented with this prestigious award, beating off competition from other major engineering projects in the northwest including Mersey Gateway.

The winning team being presented with their award

The ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) judging panel was clearly satisfied that the completed scheme ticked all the qualifying criteria. The award recognises the considerable effort given to satisfying the needs of the local community and other key project partners affected by the flood defence scheme.

The submission celebrated the completion of the £34 million Mersey Warrington flood risk management scheme, which AXIS has been involved in for the last 6 years. The scheme will leave legacies of: significant public realm improvements for Knutsford Road and Victoria Park; nature conservation enhancements for the Twiggeries; improved connectivity along the river through improved cycleways and footpaths; and interpretation of features of heritage importance.

More details of the award and other shortlisted projects can be found at the following link:
https://www.ice.org.uk/about-ice/near-you/uk/north-west/awards/north-west-civil-engineering-awards

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AXIS is looking to appoint a Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner in the Company’s Transport Planning Team

As a consequence of our expanding workload, AXIS is looking to make appointments in the Company’s Transport Planning team based in Wilmslow, South Manchester. The team currently work on a wide range of projects across the UK including the preparation of Transport Statements / Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Feasibility Appraisals, input to Environmental Statements and the provision of Expert Witness services at Public Inquiries.

AXIS is looking for a Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner that offer the following skills:

Role requirements:

  • Undertake surveys and analysis of transport conditions
  • Assist in the preparation of the transport documents for planning applications, including Transport Assessments and Travel Plans
  • Provide inputs to multi-disciplinary studies and environmental assessments, including routeing strategies and traffic management

Desirable qualifications / experience include:

  • Degree in Geography / Civil Engineering / Town Planning or similar. MSc in Transport Planning would be advantageous but not essential.
  • A high standard of communication skills and the ability to work and engage with a range of external stakeholders such as clients, local authority officers and members of the public.
  • An ability to present information in a clear, accurate and professional format.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Previous experience in Transport Planning is not essential although familiarity and some experience of working with industry-standard transport analysis software, e.g. JUNCTIONS8, LINSIG, TRICS, TRANSYT, etc, and a good working knowledge of CAD / AutoTRACK would be advantageous.

The role of Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a strong professional team that boasts an enviable record of delivering successful development schemes on behalf of a wide range of clients.

If you believe that you have the qualities to help us meet our client needs and help our business grow, please send a CV and expression of interest to enquiries@axisped.co.uk.

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AXIS is looking to appoint a Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner in the Company’s Transport Planning Team

As a consequence of our expanding workload, AXIS is looking to make appointments in the Company’s Transport Planning team based in Wilmslow, South Manchester. The team currently work on a wide range of projects across the UK including the preparation of Transport Statements / Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Feasibility Appraisals, input to Environmental Statements and the provision of Expert Witness services at Public Inquiries.

AXIS is looking for a Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner that offer the following skills:

Role requirements:

  • Undertake surveys and analysis of transport conditions
  • Assist in the preparation of the transport documents for planning applications, including Transport Assessments and Travel Plans
  • Provide inputs to multi-disciplinary studies and environmental assessments, including routeing strategies and traffic management

Desirable qualifications / experience include:

  • Degree in Geography / Civil Engineering / Town Planning or similar. MSc in Transport Planning would be advantageous but not essential.
  • A high standard of communication skills and the ability to work and engage with a range of external stakeholders such as clients, local authority officers and members of the public.
  • An ability to present information in a clear, accurate and professional format.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Previous experience in Transport Planning is not essential although familiarity and some experience of working with industry-standard transport analysis software, e.g. JUNCTIONS8, LINSIG, TRICS, TRANSYT, etc, and a good working knowledge of CAD / AutoTRACK would be advantageous.

The role of Graduate Transport Planner / Transport Planner would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a strong professional team that boasts an enviable record of delivering successful development schemes on behalf of a wide range of clients.

If you believe that you have the qualities to help us meet our client needs and help our business grow, please send a CV and expression of interest to enquiries@axisped.co.uk.


AXIS Donate Much Needed Fans to Manchester Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU)

In December AXIS was delighted to donate four Dyson Air Multiplier Fans to the Manchester Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU). Children undergoing a bone marrow transplant are hospitalised for anywhere between several weeks to six months. Throughout this time they are cared for in isolation, unable to leave their cubicle throughout their stay. The chemotherapy based treatment can cause huge spikes in patients core temperature, but due to the strict air filtering systems used within the unit only the high specification Dyson Air Fans are permitted. Unfortunately the BMTU has been unable to fit these within a number of the cubicles due to budget restrictions.

Over the last two months, the BMTU has been caring for Henry Adams, the son of one of our Directors, and as a result the work they do has become very close to our hearts. With the donation of these four fans each unit is now fully equipped.

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AXIS Transport Planning Assist in Securing Planning Consent and Scheme Delivery for Clients

AXIS Transport Planning Assist in Delivering Byway Diversion to Assist Quarry Operations
AXIS Transport Planning have worked with Cemex UK at their Doveholes Quarry facility to design and deliver new S278 highway works associated with the diversion of a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) along the site’s revised northern operational boundary. AXIS staff project managed the design of the works and the organised appropriate Road Safety Audits and Design Amendments. The works were recently completed on site to the satisfaction of Derbyshire County Council and now in use by pedestrian, cycle and 4×4 vehicle users.

AXIS Transport Planning Help Secure Consent for New Care Home in Evesham, Worcestershire
AXIS Transport Planning was a key part of the consultancy team that has successfully secured planning consent for a new 65-bed Care Home in Evesham, Worcestershire. AXIS provided detailed highways and transport input to the project including preparation of a formal Transport Assessment and Travel Plan.

Planning Consent Secured for New MRI Scanning Unit and Car Park at Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Stockport
AXIS Transport Planning formed part of the development team promoting a new MRI Scanning Unit and Car Park at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Stockport. AXIS’s role included the design of the car parking area, and preparation of a detailed Transport Assessment supporting the scheme. AXIS also undertook detailed survey work of staff and patients to inform a Travel Plan report which is now being implemented to promote sustainable access to the site.

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AXIS Appointed on the Amey Environmental Framework

AXIS is delighted to announce that they have been appointed as planning and environmental consultants on the Amey Environmental Framework. The Framework has been set up to centralise the environmental support required on Amey wide projects. AXIS has historically worked with a number of the companies within the Amey Group. Most notably we have provided planning support to AmeyCespa in the delivery of the Allerton Waste Recovery Park to service the North Yorkshire and City of York 25 year Waste Management Contract; and are currently providing planning and environmental services to AmeyCespa in the continuing development of the Waterbeach Waste Management Park in Cambridgeshire. In addition AXIS is appointed on numerous ongoing projects on behalf of Amey Highways and Amey LG.

Inclusion on the Amey Environmental Framework is made in recognition of the fact that AXIS has, and will continue to be, an important service provider to all parts of the Amey Group. AXIS is looking forward to providing support to the Amey Group on a variety of exciting future projects.

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