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.
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.
In the fight against the coronavirus, London's ExCeL exhibition centre has been rapidly repurposed into an emergency COVID-19 facility, NHS Nightingale Hospital, in order to treat and support thousands more patients.
BDP provided full engineering design for the Enterprise Centre for UEA in Norwich which has achieved BREEAM Outstanding with a score of 90.8%, and also Passivhaus standard.