Graeme is an Architect and a Partner at JTP. Across fifteen years since joining the practice, he has led a wide variety of mixed-use projects, with a particular emphasis on the early stage masterplanning of strategic-scale sites. His skills lie in identifying and capitalising on the differing opportunities presented by brownfield and greenfield sites, generating concepts and turning them into striking, rational and viable proposals – while forging strong working relationships with clients, consultants and stakeholders. He has substantial experience in liaising with local authorities and presenting proposals to a wide range of audiences.
Within JTP, Graeme leads a team for whom most projects feature early-stage promotion in support of allocations, through to outline planning applications, design coding and then further into first phase implementation. His in-depth knowledge of housing and neighbourhood design informs all stages of this work, and he strives to achieve placemaking that anchors the community to the heart of the project whilst also adding value. Alongside this, he advocates the benefits to communities and nature of landscape-led masterplanning, while consistently endeavouring to minimise land-take and embodied carbon in grey infrastructure.
Extensive community consultation is often a crucial part of the design process, as is patience: the journey through planning at strategic scale can be a long one. Graeme recognises the importance of establishing a compelling, ambitious vision at the first stages of any proposition, and offers commitment and dedication to clients in maintaining this on the sometimes-long route to successful approvals and implementation.
Graeme is closely involved in Urban&Civic’s projects at Alconbury Weald and Houlton Rugby Radio Station, which will in combination eventually deliver over 11,000 homes, alongside supporting community infrastructure, mixed uses, and employment. In both cases he has led masterplans through to the production of Design Codes and placemaking strategies for the crucial first phases of these major projects.
Other work that has charted the journey from an initial Vision through to detailed design include Milton Keynes East which includes 4,600 homes alongside employment and mixed use for St James (The Berkeley Group), Rugeley Power Station involving 2,300 homes and supporting uses for ENGIE, the 10,000 home Chelmsford Garden Community project for a consortium of clients including Countryside and Ptarmigan, and masterplanning and design coding the first Village at Gilston Park in Harlow – part of the wider Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project, for Places for People. Other long-term clients include Skanska, Grosvenor, and The Crown Estate.