James Blyth

Name of company: John Grimes Partnership 

Where is the company based? Ivybridge 

Website address: johngrimes.co.uk

jamesWe are aiming to show clearly both the distinct contributions of the consultants on the Design Team and how the are working together to meet the needs of Atmos Totnes. Therefore please give a short summary about your company’s role and remit within the Atmos Totnes design team:

We will be working on several aspects of the Atmos Totnes Project, undertaking geotechnical investigation and assessment, flood risk assessment, surface water drainage design and preparation of a transport assessment.

We will be working closely with the design team, particularly with the project manager Dave Chapman and lead architect Andrew Kirkby on the initial master planning, as well as liaising with statutory consultees including the Environment Agency and Devon County Council.

Please share here other information that might help people understand the background of the company and its values.

We are perhaps best known for our work on the ground issues caused by the old mine workings in Gunnislake in the early to mid 1990s.  More recently we were involved in saving, protecting and reinstating Kingsand Clock Tower following the storms in early 2014 and there are some videos of the work on our website.  We regularly work on a range of projects throughout Devon, Cornwall and across the UK.  Our mission is to provide our clients with sound and cost-effective consultancy to enable them to achieve their business goals through innovative solutions.

Name of Atmos Totnes lead within this company: Tom White

Job title: Associate Director 

Name: James Blyth

Job title: Civil Engineer 

What do you think makes Atmos Totnes so interesting?

Having worked on a number of food and milk processing sites in the past, it is great to see new life breathed into this site by the Community for the good of the Community.

Tell us a bit more about you. It can be something from your professional life or something about your interests outside of work.

Civil engineering is a broad church and I am a Civil Engineer with experience in a wide range of work, including lead consultant roles for new-build and refurbishment projects in milk and food processing environments. For the Atmos Project I am involved in the Transport Assessment. Outside of work I hold an advanced motorcycling certificate so my involvement in the Atmos Project lets me mix my professional interests with my interest in safety on two wheels.

If there were an object to represent your role in the Atmos Totnes project what would it be?

My 22 year old K75RT motorcycle. Unlike the Totnes section of Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway, it does carry me on the highways and byways of Devon whenever I get the time.

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