James Cooper

BA(Hons) Architectural Technology and the Environment (ACIAT)

Architectural Technologist

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James has worked on various projects at the majority of work stages although his expertise lies in aiding and delivering projects post-planning, with particular focus on the technical design and delivery stages and fundamentally translating the concept design into beautifully detailed and buildable construction information. Furthermore, James’s skill lies in the design and detailing of intricate building facades, enhancing the appearance together with optimising buildability.

James joined HTA as an Architectural Technologist in June 2021 as part of the team working on the technical design and delivery stages of The Wiltern, Ealing working closely with the Client Contractor and external Consultants. James’s previous employment was at Chapman Taylor where he played a key role in the development of the expanding Residential sector in London whilst having the responsibility of Block Lead and BIM Lead on numerous post-planning projects. Prior to joining HTA, James also worked for Stride Treglown in Bristol and has been involved in pre-planning and post-planning stages across numerous sectors including Residential, Commercial and Workplace, Retail and Healthcare. James has significant experience in producing accurate and coordinated detailed technical information for tender and construction, ensuring all relevant standards, design codes and legislation are satisfied as well as compliance checking.

James' key skills:

  • Strong ability to evaluate and coordinate external consultant’s inputs, specialist sub-contractors and suppliers work/proposals and manufacturer’s technical requirements to enhance collaborative working as a means to achieve unified design
  • Keen eye for detail with an interest in technical façade innovation within the detailed design and construction processes alongside knowledge of construction techniques, components and materials.
  • Extensive knowledge and significant experience of utilising Revit to deliver work packages at the majority of project stages and the implementation of BIM processes to facilitate improved coordination and subsequently reduce errors on-site at construction stage
  • Clearly communicating proposed resolutions to all design team members and client team

James has played a vital role in the spatial design and technical development as well as the delivery of a wide range of building typologies in the UK and overseas, with focus on large-scale Residential in recent years.

(Current HTA project involvement):

The Wiltern, London Borough of Ealing – A build to rent development comprising 278 homes with the scheme designed to be a bold statement of positive change in the area, whilst avoiding harm to the heritage status of the Art Deco masterpiece and Grade II* listed - the Hoover Building, that lies to the south of the site. The design, detailing and materiality of the proposed building references and takes cues from Art Deco architecture with an intricate façade of sweeping curves, strong horizontal bands of white glazed brick and alternating bands of terracotta panels and glazing. Alongside the Project Architect, James is leading and coordinating the RIBA Stage 4 envelope and facade detailing and related technical packages, as well as developing additional Stage 4 deliverables. James works closely with the internal design team, project consultants and Client Contractor addressing coordination items, developing technical aspects and the general design whilst ensuring the planning intent is retained as well as the production and management of Revit models and drawing packages.

(Project involvement at previous practices):

Friary Park Estate Regeneration - Acton, West London 

Regenerating the current 1980’s social housing estate, the overall revived masterplan will provide around 990 new homes with a mixture of 1400sqm worth of commercial, retail and community spaces for the estate residents alongside members of the local community. As Block Lead, James developed the spatial and technical design, reviewing and checking compliancy with Building Regulations, spatial codes and other relevant legislation, whilst working closely with the housebuilder.

Millbrook Park Phase 6 & 6B – Mill Hill East, North-West London 

The scheme comprises 392 residential apartments with a mix of affordable, private-for-sale and shared ownership formats with two of the four blocks now under construction. All residential units have been designed to be Level 04 code compliant in accordance with Lifetime Homes, adhere to the London Plan space standards and Building Regulations Part M4(2) & M4(3) requirements. James acted as Block Lead, reviewing the resource requirements, programme and agreed deliverables with the Project Leader alongside overseeing the quality and delivery of multiple work packages. 

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