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James Sanders

Senior Director - Environment & Planning

James joined Temple in August 2017 and is a director and business unit lead within the EIA property team. He is an experienced Project Manager and Project Director, working on a range of environmental assessment projects in the UK. James is a practitioner member of Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

James has undertaken EIAs for the retail, residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors with particular focus on urban regeneration schemes and tall buildings. Recent roles of note include: directing and managing the EIA’s for St Modwen on Woolwich Exchange, mixed use scheme for 801 homes, commercial and retail in the London Borough of Greenwich, for St William (Berkeley Homes & National Grid JV) including Bow Common Gas Works (St William) 1450 residential homes in Tower Hamlets, Leven Road in Poplar for 2,800 homes and Kensal Green Gasworks for 700 homes in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. James is also currently working with Berkeley Northeast London undertaking the EIA for the revised masterplan for Woodberry Down Phases 4-8, a residential led mixed use scheme in London Borough of Hackney for up to 3,000 homes and community uses.

Prior to Temple, James spent five years working at URS / AECOM as the EIA Sector Lead for urban regeneration projects. There he managed the EIA for the tallest (approved) office building in London (1 Undershaft) and the tallest residential building in London (the London Spire). He has worked with a number of property developers such as Ballymore, Hammerson, Berkley Group, Capital and Counties (Capco), Brookfield, Canary Wharf Group, Qatari DR and Greenland among others. His favourite and most challenging project to date was leading the delivery of the EIA for Bishopsgate Goodsyard, an incredibly complex commercial and residential hybrid scheme to redevelop the old Goodsyard site in Shoreditch. Subsequent to this James spent six years at Surrey County Council as their EIA Officers giving him invaluable local authority experience.

Outside of the office James is an avid football and cricket fan and loves to play golf when the time allows.