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Our people: James Nunn.


James Nunn, Senior Associate

Responding to unique challenges.

I graduated from Brunel University…

…with a Mechanical Engineering degree with Building Services as a specialism. I joined Roger Preston & Partners in 2007 as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer and the majority of my time has been spent delivering projects in London and The South East. After two takeovers, Roger Preston & Partners became Grontmij and then Sweco where I spent 15 years before I joined Hoare Lea in June this year.

I have been fortunate enough to gain experience across a number of sectors as well as leading and developing due diligence, asset consultancy and property services workstreams. In recent years, I have been responsible for managing multi discipline teams of engineers on medium and large scale commercial and mixed use projects.

I enjoy the process of delivering complex refurbishment projects and responding to the unique challenges that each project presents.

I joined Hoare Lea in June this year…

…I have been down in Cornwall since relocating in 2020, but I have now swapped my weekly commute to London for a much shorter and less stressful journey into Exeter.

In my role, I will be working to focus …

…on local business development activities as well as developing and growing a team of engineers within the Exeter office. I am working with Steven Libralon who is the office Director. We already have a good history of projects and clients in the area, but having a permanent presence in Exeter will reinforce this and make us a visible and integral part of the local construction community.

I am also taking the lead for the workplace sector across the Plymouth and Exeter offices where I will be able to apply my previous knowledge and experience.

The aim is to develop our portfolio of workplace projects across Devon and Cornwall alongside our other sector work.

I am excited about the challenge of growing the Exeter office …

…and I am also looking forward to working on projects covering a more diverse number of sectors. I have always been passionate about sustainability and making buildings as efficient as possible in design and operation. Regardless of the size of project, we should always be challenging ourselves to identify ways to innovate and make our interventions as efficient and sustainable as possible.

When I joined, I was immediately impressed by the focus and attention that Hoare Lea are giving to the climate crisis and empowering everyone to put this at the forefront of what they are doing. Buildings have such a significant impact on global emissions, it is exciting, as well as a little daunting, that we have the direct ability to influence the impact that buildings have now and in the future.

Future plans for the team or exciting projects on the horizon?..

…We have just moved into a larger office space within the Clockwise building in Exeter. We are already working on some new local projects, and it is also positive to see a number of enquiries from existing and new contacts for prospective projects in and around Exeter.

Outside of work…

…the majority of my spare time is taken up with various house refurbishment projects. I enjoy playing golf and I also like to take advantage of our location and get out on the beach with the dogs whenever I can.