Our Contact Book

29 September 2023 by Darren Leach

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Our Network of Experts: The Power of Teamwork in Architecture

In the field of architecture and interiors, creating exceptional homes, spaces and structures isn't a one-person job. It's all about teamwork and having the right people with the right skills on your side. At George and James Architects we're all about collaboration, and it's at the core of how we work on every project. Think of it like having a "Contact Book" full of talented professionals who, like us, are passionate about turning ideas into reality. From structural engineers who make our designs strong, to services engineers who ensure everything works smoothly, to planning and heritage consultants who help steer projects through the approvals process, and landscape architects who craft beautiful outdoor spaces – each expert in our network brings something special to the table.

In this article we will introduce you to some of the amazing folks behind the scenes, who we have collaborated with in the past working together to bring dreams to life. Each professional describes what they do in their own words.

We mustn’t forget our clients! In this collaborative journey our clients play a vital and active role in the process; their ideas and visions shape our architectural endeavours. Together, we create homes and spaces that not only meet functional needs but also resonate with their personal dreams and aspirations.

Welcome to the world of architecture where we make things happen, together!

Refurbished Edwardian Manor with Contemporary Garden Room

Planning and Heritage Consultants

Whaleback Planning & Design

Whaleback Planning & Design is a Chartered Town Planning Consultancy with offices in Brighton and Winchester. We provide friendly local expertise, support and advocacy to take the stress out of the planning process.

We specialise in development projects with high-quality design, often in technically challenging contexts. We have delivered award-winning projects and work hard to secure the best outcomes for our clients and our environment.

All of our planners have experience working for Local Planning Authorities so we can offer unique insight into how the planning process works in our area.


Manorwood is a specialist historic buildings consultancy providing a range of services to private clients, professionals and larger organisations.

With a focus on traditional vernacular buildings, particularly timber framed buildings, we provide specialist advice and services for numerous projects involving the restoration, re use or redevelopment of historic buildings.

Based between Chichester and Midhurst in the heart of the South Downs National Park we undertake work throughout West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

Geoff Noble

Geoff Noble, historic environment and urban design.

Thirty years or so in the public and private sectors: mending old places and helping to make better ones.

Urban design, historic environment policy and management, townscape assessments, design review, historical research.

Built Environment Expert at Design Council Cabe
South East Design Panel
Chichester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee

John Fannon

John Fannon is a chartered planning consultant with over 30 years of experience. Since 2010 John has been working successfully as a planning consultant for a range of public and private sector clients. He has recently acted as Local Authority expert planning witness at several public inquiries. John has held senior positions in planning authorities in London and the Southeast.

Specialties: Town Planning, Development Management, Urban Design management, Regeneration, Project Management

Mango Planning

Mango Planning understands the challenges that this brings to landowners and developers. Our team is highly experienced and has the specialist knowledge to negotiate the ever changing planning system and to deliver the outcomes our clients seek - on time and on budget.

Whether it is planning applications, appeals, specialist retail reports, plan representations, environmental impact assessment, compulsory purchase, Section 106 Agreements, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), expert witness, asset management advice or anything in between, speak to Mango.

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Structural Engineers

SD Engineers

SD Engineers is a practice of imaginative engineers collaborating with some of the country’s most ambitious architects and clients, emerging and established, to deliver the highest quality spaces.

We bring an energetic, agile, and fresh perspective intertwined with our sustainable values.

We’re a group of quietly confident, ambitious people. Pushing engineering boundaries is something we seek, allowing us to provide industry leading and innovative solutions.

We are a reassuring, trustworthy and reliable partner to our clients. We are equal measures professional and personable. This is something that brings our clients back to us.

Davies Maguire

Davies Maguire is a Structural and Civil Engineering Design consultancy based in London, Cambridge and Oxford with a track record for successfully unlocking the value in numerous complex projects.

The team’s inspiration, creativity, collaboration and passion for delivering outstanding structural and civil engineering design is the catalyst behind our award-winning practice and why clients, architects and contractors repeatedly choose Davies Maguire to engineer their projects. Prior to founding the practice in 2010, the directors worked together for over 15 years.

We have a hands-on approach more typically found amongst smaller companies while having the depth of knowledge equivalent to that of any of our larger competitors.

Detail Structural Design

Detail Structural Design was established to offer cost effective and high-quality structural engineering support to ambitious and inventive architects and designers, they believe that a well-designed building can improve lives and wellbeing.

We offer a level of service and an attention to detail not commonly offered in the private residential sector, which not only addresses great technical ambition, but also properly considers cost effectiveness and sustainability in the construction method. 

We are a structural engineering design consultancy based in Greenwich, London.

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Services Engineers

Max Fordham

Max Fordham is a building services engineers consultancy.

Increasingly, it’s an industry referred to as environmental engineering, and we’re very comfortable with that. Where once the engineer’s lot was ‘pipes and wires’, now it encompasses everything from daylighting and acoustics to building physics and sustainability. In essence, everything that impacts on the internal environment of a building and its performance.

Our approach differs from that of conventional environmental building services engineers. Each member of our team is trained in electrical and mechanical engineering, environmental design and building physics. This training takes place in-house, creating an integrated understanding that considers the whole building. We deliver buildings that work, with a focus on detail and finish, to ensure our engineering serves the architecture. It's the way Max trained his team and it's an approach that has endured.

For over 50 years we’ve been pioneers in sustainable, low energy and low carbon building design. At the heart of our partnership is a desire to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency our world is facing. We have created the Net Zero Carbon Guide, a free and open resource, to help the industry navigate the process of achieving net zero carbon for both old and new buildings. 

Mesh Energy 

Mesh Energy is an award-winning, independent energy consultancy helping architects, homeowners, and commercial clients to create low-energy buildings from first principles and integrate appropriate sustainable energy solutions. Our mission is to instil total confidence and pride in low-energy projects through intelligent design. 

Our uncomplicated, no-hassle approach to renewable energy planning, design, and implementation lets you rest easy, knowing you are making the best decisions.

We take pride in helping our clients to deliver their projects, from initial specialist advice through to completion. After all, beautiful, useable, energy-efficient buildings shouldn’t be the stuff of dreams.

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Landscape Architects & Garden Designers

Tom Stuart Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd is a landscape design practice with an international reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity. The practice was established in 1998. Work since has ranged from large gardens and parks open to the public, to smaller private gardens. Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd has also designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’. Most projects are located in the UK and Europe, with a few undertaken further afield. Despite the scale and complexity of our work we remain a medium-sized practice, with eighteen landscape architects and designers, and three overseas consultants working under the direction of Tom Stuart-Smith, who is closely involved with each project.

Kim Wilkie

Kim Wilkie believes that each place has its own special character and identity – a continuous conversation between the physical form and the lives lived and shaped within it. As a landscape architect I try to understand the memories and associations embedded in a place and the natural flows of people, land, water and climate.

Jane Holtham Garden Design

Jane Holtham loves creating gardens for her clients. The process of working closely together to make a space that feels personal to them and that they will enjoy for years.

Most clients tend to know what they want in theory, but might not quite know how to go about it themselves or they are simply too busy. 

A lot of care goes into choosing the right materials that will work for a space, and planting is tailored to each client, taking into account the soil type, aspect and local conditions.

Much of the work involves the complete redesign of outside spaces, working closely with the commissioned architect or interior designer to achieve a strong relationship between the house and its garden.

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Interior Designers (for when we don’t do it ourselves!)

Imperfect Interiors

Imperfect Interiors believe your home should be welcoming and comfortable, as well as a stylish place to entertain friends and family.

Unfortunately, creating a unique, beautiful home that utilises space efficiently whilst looking effortlessly stylish is not effortless at all. By mixing the inexpensive with the unusual, the old with the new, they can transform your home into an inspiring space that is totally unique and full of character.

Ashton Interiors

Ashton Interiors specialises in creating beautiful and original homes that stand the test of time, balancing classic design with a playful use of colour and pattern.  Inspired by Harriet’s love of art and antiques, all of our schemes are thoughtfully curated with you in mind. We help breathe new life into your project, up-cycling existing furniture and designing bespoke pieces to create spaces brimming with character. 

Working with our network of international suppliers and local craftsmen, Ashton Interiors offers a comprehensive design service, taking care of everything: from liaising with contractors, space planning and joinery design, right through to artwork selection and installation.

Our goal is to take all the stress out of a project, leaving you to enjoy the process of seeing your dream home come to life.


Vaughan are an interior design company; Holly and her team focus on how you want to live through carefully considered design choices.
We feel strongly that every room in the house should have a purposeful connection to you and should bring nothing but joy. Blurring this line between practicality and creativity is how we can design a space that you will cherish and enjoy for years to come.
Sourcing unique vintage furniture plays a big part in Holly’s designs, as does her influence from elements of Scandinavian design and her countryside surroundings.
Longevity is really important to us and that is a key factor in considering every material that we source.  Beautiful surroundings with playful unexpected touches are created to bring happiness to your lives and connect you with your surroundings.


Do get in touch if you are looking for details of any other specialist consultants that we have not covered in this article. 

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