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James Lane, BEng Hon’s CEng FIFireE
Head of Fire Engineering,
Director, Huntingdon

James joined BB7 as Head of Fire Safety Engineering and is responsible for the consultancy services within the Fire Engineering group. He comes from a background of developing fire safety strategies for compliance with standard guidance and engineered solutions for non-standard designs, including means of escape, smoke and fire spread calculations and firefighting access provisions.

In 1990, James began his career in fire safety as a test engineer at the Stratford, East London facility of Warrington Fire Research Centre (WFRC, now Warrington Exova). Starting with room leak integrity tests for Halon flooding systems, he moved into flame spread and cable fire resistance testing as well as small scale toxicity testing.

After graduating with a BEng (Hons) degree in Fire Safety Engineering, James moved into fire consultancy with Arup Fire in 1996 where he produced fire strategies on a wide spectrum of buildings including the proposed Victoria and Albert museum Spiral extension and the iconic Sage music venue in Gateshead with Fosters architects.

He broadened his fire consultancy experience working to produce fire strategies and fire engineered solutions for a wide range of building types after moving to a small independent practice, Tenos, before accepting an Associate Director position with SAFE fire consultants, part of the Whitby Bird group and now Rambol Fire.

In May 2008 James was invited by Hilson Moran to expand their existing fire system design skill base to include fire consultancy and fire engineering as their Principal Fire Consultant.

Academic qualifications

BEng(Hons) Fire Safety Engineering

Professional qualifications

  • Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers

  • Chartered Fire Engineer

Recent projects

  • Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds

  • Epworth House, London

  • New Police Custody Suite, Basingstoke

Contact James

+44 (0) 203 603 5535