Laurie has been Director of Iceni’s Heritage Team since January 2016, following five years of consultancy experience at RPS CgMs, and also leads the firm’s Townscape specialism, formally launched in 2018. He is an experienced, commercially minded heritage and townscape professional, whose focus and expertise lies in negotiating complex consents across a variety of scales. He has a particularly detailed knowledge of policy and legislation and its application, gleaned and kept keen by significant and on-going public inquiry experience, and is also adept at inputting into the design process.
His experience ranges from urban, mixed-use heritage-led regeneration schemes to strategic housing and infrastructure projects, and detailed work with sensitive, highly graded buildings and landscapes. He cut his teeth working on the redevelopment of the Stirling Prize-nominated London Bridge Station and leading on heritage matters in the delivery of an Outline Consent for Alconbury Weald, a major employment and residential development of the Second World War and Cold War airfield of RAF Alconbury.
He now oversees a team of 12 professionals between London and Scotland, and is particularly involved in promoting large-scale sites, including Hounslow Cavalry Barracks; the Eastgate Quarter in Basildon; and Anglia Square and Carrow Works, the former Colman’s Factory, in Norwich.
Alongside his core development control work, Laurie has a particular expertise in listing rebuttals and Certificates of Immunity; advising on tall buildings projects; producing Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments; and appearing as an expert witness at inquiry. He is particularly enthusiastic about Brutalism, military architecture and anything slightly intimidating and built of concrete. He is a member of Design Review Panels for Hertfordshire and Greater Cambridge, and has acted for DRPs in Watford and Redbridge.