Adrian James Architects

 
Address   Adrian James Architects
79a Mill Street
OXFORD
Oxfordshire
OX2 0AL 
 
   01865 203267   
   01865 203268   
Email   info@adrianjames.com  
Website   www.adrianjames.com 
Contact   Mr Adrian Dennis James 

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1: Project NameMeander House
Dates: 2009 - 2013
Location: Abingdon 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Competition Entries,  Contract Administration,  Materials Advice,  Planning Applications,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Project Management,  Sustainable Design
 
Description:
The two floors of this thrilling new house weave through their woodland setting on different paths. The ends of the first floor sweep far out in dramatic cantilevers which, combined with the sinuous curves, imbue the house with a breathtaking dynamism. The seemingly weightless form of the house is achieved with some very serious steel gymnastics. The carbon footprint of the house is minimised by gathering energy from ground source heat pumps and a huge array of solar panels. The idea of the house as a walk in the woods is continued inside: the circulation route is lined from end to end with a sinuous and sensuous wall of vertical oak boards. The minimal interior using a limited palette of oak, basalt and stainless steel has been exquisitely crafted to the tightest tolerances.
 
2: Project NameShrewsbury School
Dates: 2014 - 2015
Location: Shrewsbury 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Education - Secondary Education
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Drawing Service,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Interior Design,  Materials Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications
 
Description:
A new flagship academic building for one of the country's leading public schools, Hodgson Hall sits at the heart of Shrewsbury School's historic campus in the Kingsland Conservation Area. It contains classrooms for 5 humanities departments, plus an innovative teaching forum in the dramatic light-filled atrium. AJA won the design competition for the project partly because they stretched the brief to include this new focal space. Other competitors included the rather grander Eric Parry Architects and Glenn Howells Architects. The building is designed to provide superb teaching facilities but also to sit comfortably amongst the school's august Edwardian piles and to feel as if it is built to last like the institution it embodies. It is all about formalism and mass: a four-square symmetrical design whose huge arches and deep reveals give the impression it has been hewn from a solid cube of brick and stone. Hodgson Hall was completed on time and on budget in July 2015.
 
3: Project NameHill Top House
Dates: 2009 - 2012
Location: Oxford 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Project Management
 
Awards:
RIBA Downland Award Winner 2012
Concrete Society Best Concrete Building 2013 Overall Winner
RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award shortlist 2012
Description:
An exquisite essay in concrete for clients who relish the uncompromising ascetic quality of the material. It may sound hifalutin, but this house really is a kind of poetry: the design is all about expressing the base beauty of concrete: the very antithesis of bling. All the main elements of the building £ the walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, roof £ are polished panels of precast concrete, made off-site, delivered and assembled like a vast house of cards. The house is organised so these raw panels are left completely unfettered by fittings, services and clutter. The highly disciplined plan has long enfilades down each side so the concrete flank walls run right through from front to back, washed by daylight from full-height windows displaying the distant view. And then the staircase! A concrete causeway cascading down a sheer-sided canyon shimmering in sunshine flooding from above. Oh boy.
 
4: Project NameCorus Colorcoat Construction Office
Dates: 2007 - 2009
Location: Shotton 
Gross Area: 2 000 to 4 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Industrial - Research,  Offices - Owner Occupied
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
This will be the new HQ for the Corus Colorcoat division based in Shotton North Wales, where Colorcoat pre-finished steel products are manufactured. It will bring together 180 staff in an exemplar building designed to demonstrate how steel can inform leading edge sustainable design. The Construction Office will be a striking new landmark at the entrance to the Corus site. The strong circular form of the 3800sq.m four storey office will be highly visible in its location in front of the huge production sheds and adjacent to the freshwater cooling lagoons. The design makes the most of both the coating process and lagoons as innovative sources of energy: surplus steam and heat from the coatings plant will be harnessed to heat the new offices, and the lagoons will be used as a heat sink to cool the building. The central atrium will enable the building to be naturally ventilated. The external skin of the drum is expressed in finned, curved walls which incorporate Corus deep profile cladding. The curve is accentuated by sweeping screens of steel mesh which float in front of the main office elevations providing solar protection but allowing uninterrupted views out. Throughout the building inside and out Corus products are specified to highlight their quality, versatility and sustainability credentials.
 
5: Project NameSandpath
Dates: 2011 - 2014
Location: Beckley 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Production Information
 
Description:
A self-build house in the countryside near Oxford, completed 2014. The budget was tight so the house is really simple: a clean cuboid form with no frills, assembled from a flat pack of structural insulated timber panels. The drama is focused in three areas which give the house its lift: the cantilever at the front so the house hangs out, the huge opening onto the garden (which did require a big steel in the timber frame) and the delicate folded plate stair whose lightness adds finesse to the open plan interior. This house shows how a challenging budget can be turned into an opportunity: the necessary simplicity makes for purity and clarity.
 
6: Project NameFriars Entry
Dates: 2012 - 2013
Location: Oxford 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - Student Housing
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Party Wall Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Rights of Light Advice,  Town Planning
 
Description:
A new solution for a site right in the heart of Oxford�s central Conservation Area; a seven-storey sliver of student accommodation for the adjacent language school. AJA had previously won planning permission for a block of luxury apartments on this site. With a change of ownership came new opportunities for a form which could overlap with the neighbouring building and bulge and step. The resultant highly modelled shape containing 29 en suite student rooms won the approval of the Conservation officer and the planning committee.
 
7: Project NameWalton Lane
Dates: 2008 - 2009
Location: Oxford 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Contract Disputes,  Design & Build,  Ecological Architecture,  Full Architectural Service,  Materials Advice,  Planning Applications
 
Awards:
Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2012
Description:
A pair of new semi-detached houses on a quiet mews in Jericho £ one of Oxford£s Conservation Areas. The houses are designed to fit comfortably in the smaller scale of the mews but are actually four floors including a full basement. They make the very most of the tight site. The dark copper roofs suit the context but add an air of refinement. The bricks are unusually long and shallow like Roman bricks, laid with thin mortar joints; subtle but distinctive.
 
8: Project NameSt Johns House
Dates: 2003 - 2006
Location: Ramsden 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Brief Writing,  Computer Graphics,  Expert Witness,  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Planning Advice,  Rural Planning & Design
 
Description:
A no-holds-barred new country house with entrance lodges, palmhouse and guesthouse gazebo approached by bridge, all set in 60 acres of landscaped parkland. The house will command superb views from its hilltop location over the Cotswolds to the south. In 2004 this house against all the odds became the first modern country house ever to win planning permission at a public inquiry on the grounds that it complied with the PPG7 policy allowing only 'truly outstanding' country houses of the highest quality which positively enhanced their wider surroundings. This was a newsworthy achievement and it received national coverage in the Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Telegraph et al. The house has the unequivocal backing of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and it has been exhibited at the RIBA.
 
9: Project NameSt Peter’s Rooms
Dates: 2010 - 2013
Location: Oxford 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Conservation -Victorian Buildings,  Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Food and Beverage - Pubs and Bars,  Religious Buildings - Christian
 
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Key Services:
Community Development,  Ecological Architecture,  Feasibility Studies,  Food Service Design,  Planning Advice,  Production Information
 
Awards:
Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2013
Description:
A new church hall for the thriving parish of St Peter's Wolvercote. This small but hugely rewarding project involved close engagement with the local community as well as extended negotiations with the local planners. The project was built in two phases: the new church hall first and then the glazed link which weaves through the churchyard, past an ancient yew and connects to the listed church itself.
 
10: Project NameInstitute of Reproductive Sciences
Dates: 2007 - 2009
Location: Oxford 
Gross Area: 2 000 to 4 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Education - Higher Education,  Health - General,  Industrial - Laboratories,  Offices - Owner Occupied
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Art & Architecture,  Computer Graphics,  Full Architectural Service,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Production Information,  Project Management,  Sustainable Design
 
Description:
A new state-of-the-art biotech research facility, the Institute of Reproductive Sciences will house the Oxford IVF unit alongside the reproductive science laboratories of the institute, and Oxford University's human fertility research school. Bringing these different uses together under one roof will create a world-class biotech R&D facility. Sited on the perimeter of the Oxford Science Park, the building will be a sustainability exemplar, demonstrating how hi-tech laboratories can actively reduce their energy consumption. The Institute will also be a humane and welcoming place for the IVF clinical visitors.