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James Hepburn

James Hepburn

Principal, Building Services Engineering London
+44 [0]7738 696 714

James is a principal and leads engineering teams on projects across all sectors, working closely with the architects to design sustainable buildings.

He ensures that buildings work as passively as possible, questioning why plant and equipment is required before designing it in.  He is an advocate of the Soft Landings process and enjoys collaborating with designers, contractors and end users to ensure sustainable and cost effective environmental design strategies are adopted.

James has a strong track record in education projects including the BREEAM award winning UCL Student Centre and the Enterprise Centre at University of East Anglia.  Healthcare projects include the  Pears building, Royal Free London housing the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, a world-class research centre into some of the world’s most serious diseases.  He led the practice’s building services team on the emergency transformation of the NHS Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCeL Centre.

What do you think is the current most challenging aspect of building design?

Attempting to close the ‘performance gap’, working closely with clients to understand how they intend to use their buildings, modelling energy usage and ensuring the building design delivers a comfortable building that uses resources appropriately and is simple to operate and maintain.


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