James has spent his whole career advising on the conservation and development of historic buildings and places. His background is in architectural history, having gained a BA from Oxford and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. After working for six years as a heritage consultant for Alan Baxter & Associates LLP, James set up the Built Heritage Consultancy in July 2010.
James’s work spans every area of heritage advice, including heritage statements, appeals and public inquiries, characterisation, conservation management plans, townscape assessments, recording, views analysis, environmental impact assessments, and related issues. Over the years he has worked on a number of well-known historic sites such as Kenwood House and the Foreign Office, listed houses of every kind, major infrastructure projects including High Speed 2 and the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and new build developments within historic urban or suburban contexts. His background in research gives a strong academic robustness to his advice, which is combined with commercial awareness and a holistic approach that seeks to maximise the potential of every project.