James started his career with LSI from university in 1981, and as a senior associate in the practice for many years, has had significant involvement in all the key sectors – retail, workspace, education, church and community, health, housing and masterplanning – and many of the practice’s flagship projects: the Castle Mall Shopping Centre; Norwich Union’s (Aviva) HQ atrium; and the successful Brook Farm planning consent for a 600-unit residential masterplanning scheme on the edge of Norwich.
James has designed and overseen projects at all scales, including newbuild and conversions, with a large portfolio of projects in Norfolk, but also substantial work elsewhere, such as the Queensgate Centre, Peterborough. A keen sailor himself, James has also worked on a number of projects in the Broads. He is well-versed in traditional and modern methods of construction, and has undertaken conservation work independently, as a DAC approved Architect and with external specialists.
Exposure to a growing number of masterplanning projects in the Eastern Region has developed a detailed knowledge of planning processes, EIA work in collaboration with specialists and various approaches to public consultation.
The brainchild of Michael Innes, who nursemaided the project from start to finish, the 7 level ‘underground’ shopping centre remains LSI’s largest project at well over £80M when built, and some 35Km² in area.
Two LSI teams provided segregated roles on this prestigious development converting Aviva’s HQ. One provided client liaison services for Architecture and ID, the other worked with developer LST to design a new, 1,000+ sqm atrium linked to offices and forming a new visitor entrance from the Grade 1 Listed Surrey House.
South Norfolk District Council instigated this project with the aim of producing material for a public consultation, and the objective of creating an Area Action Plan.
A masterplan for 600 new dwellings on 50 acres of greenfield site, provided material for a public consultation, and submitted a successful OPA.
Our client surprised the LA by purchasing the core of this ‘4th Millennium Village’, giving LSI the opportunity to revisit the OPA, introduce a better commercial layout, and a stronger character to the housing based around Home Zones and community stewardship. We obtained a revised consent supported by a Design Code.
Notre Dame High School
The only refurbishment to receive funding in the Classroom of the Future programme. Subdivisible into 3 zones, linked to AV equipment for remote learning, including an overhead services boom, and incorporating renewable technologies the project secured many plaudits.
St Mary’s School
The design proposals for the extension & improvement works to St Mary’s CEVA Primary School in Mildenhall were developed in response to the identified need to improve access, staff and administrative accommodation at the school and to enhance the existing facilities to create a more exciting and inspiring environment for the delivery of the curriculum to its 286 pupils.
LSI Drawing Prize 2017
LSI were once again thrilled to be part of the judging process for the NUA Degree Show at the School of Architecture.
All at LSI Architects were saddened to learn of the passing of Christopher Lambert, one of the Practice's founding Partners.