Jamie first worked with HTA in 2010, bringing over 10 years’ experience of housing from the private and public sectors. He became a full time member of staff and a Project Leader in 2011 and an Associate in 2015. He leads HTA’s Manchester office and ensures the local team integrates with teams and disciplines across all offices to provide the best service possible for our clients.
As Project Leader, Jamie has won planning approvals for large multi-disciplinary projects on challenging sites in London, the Midlands, and the North East of England and Scotland. He has also led on delivery of construction packages and site stage projects across the UK. Jamie has presented research on the genesis and ubiquity of inner city ring roads in English towns and cities and is interested in the transformative effect of redevelopment on the character and development of places.
Jamie’s first job was with Richard Murphy Architects tracing plans of the Fruitmarket Gallery for publication in the AJ before completing his Part 1 at the University of Cambridge. He worked for Reiach and Hall in Edinburgh for two years before taking his Part 2 at the University of Edinburgh. After five years working for housing practices he became a Design Advisor to the City of Edinburgh Council where he gave planning officers advice on local and major applications and contributed to the Edinburgh Standards for Urban Design.
Whilst at Edinburgh Council he completed the HCA’s ‘Understanding Place-Making’ qualification gaining knowledge and understanding of cross-discipline collaborative working and sustainable communities. He then helped Bennetts Associates deliver a city-wide masterplan for Elgin before joining HTA to work on Castleward, Derby. He also designed and built a Silver Medal-winning garden for Gardening Scotland, Scotland’s equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Jamie joined HTA to work on development and detailed design of Castleward which was the first development in Great Britain to receive BREEAM Communities 2012 ‘Good’ certification. He then assisted in the development of TVHA’s PRS company Fizzy Living by completing unit and block designs and carrying out feasibilities for the first sites in their pipeline. He has worked on modular and offsite manufacture projects including Savoy Circus and Apex House.
Over the past year the Manchester team has exercised their interdisciplinary talent by completing high-level feasibility studies for improving housing on former council estates in South Manchester, and have developed their BIM skills to deliver progressively larger scale housing projects nationally. This started with suburban housetypes and now involves modelling a whole urban block in HTA’s Aylesbury Estate regeneration; the block includes a community library facility, café, housing for the over 50’s and private and affordable housing from 4 to 16 storeys.