James Read


James joined our Mechanical team back in May 2007 as a graduate and has progressed up through the ranks to become our Mechanical Associate.
He works across a varying project portfolio and has embarked on projects that extend from the retail and commercial sectors to the less common TV studios, archive stores and industrial sectors. At CJDP James has the opportunity to work on all elements of mechanical services, providing a well-rounded
knowledge base which he calls upon and uses on every project.

James gets most enjoyment from the design process of each project, working closely with the design team to ensure that the client achieves the overall outcome they desire whilst retaining budgetary control. He gets the biggest satisfaction from the completion of any project, the more difficult and unusual the design the better.

Two projects of note during his time at CJDP would be the dual duct system that was modified from an antiquated and ineffective system design to achieve a significantly more energy efficient and user friendly system for the end user, within a large office block at Gatwick. The second project being that of a combined TV Studio and office building which presented its own set of unique challenges, least of all the selection and co-ordination of all external plant to serve the multiservice chilled beam solution.

Personal approach to engineering
“I believe in a well organised, detailed and extensive design process which ensures that the client achieves their overall goal at the end of a project. Energy efficiency and sustainable solutions are always at the forefront of my design solutions, as I feel these lead the way for overall project success both today and in the long term”.

Interests outside of work
Outside of work James is an avid sports fan and finds most enjoyment from the more technical sports of Formula 1 and Moto GP and tries to attend as many races during the course of a season as possible. James says “I follow Chelsea with a passion, though this love is not shared by all my colleagues. Mountain biking and travelling tend to go hand in hand and I try to make the most of the limited fair weather in the UK for both these when I can and when weather stops play I will often be found spending time with my family”.