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.
Union House and Stephen Perse Foundation up for RICS Awards
Two LSI projects in the running for a 2018 RICS East of England Award.
First Look at Proposals for new Havens Hospice
The new 16 bed Fair Havens Hospice building will include the whole range of services in the modern environment for In-Patient care, Day Care, Community care, Bereavement and Supportive care as well as ensuring the administrative functions are able to support the Charity’s work over the foreseeable future.
We’ve made the Building Good Employer Guide 2017
LSI Architects has been named in the Building Magazine's list of the 50 best employers in the construction industry, selected by a panel of industry experts based on the results of surveys distributed to employees.
LSI shortlisted in 2017 Self Build on a Shoestring Competition
The annual competition run by National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) challenged architects, designers and others to come up with creative ways of constructing a modest ‘granny annexe’ that can be built for £40,000 or less.