James Orchard

Director of RISE Leisure

Profile.

James has been working in the construction industry for 14 years and has gained experience on the contracting, client and consultancy sides of the industry. He has completed projects in multiple sectors including commercial, education, public, residential and most recently leisure. These projects include the Hackney Council Head Office, a leading Charities Head Office and the refurbishment of First Choice’s Head office. James also led the £250m Croydon Council Education programme in 2011-2013 where he was responsible for delivering the most classrooms of any UK borough in September 2012. Leading a highly motivated team he challenged the procurement and programming norms to make the delivery more efficient in terms of cost and time whilst not losing the important quality aspects of the delivery. Most recently he has delivered KidZania – a leading children’s entertainment centre in Westfield London – which was a very challenging but rewarding project.

James heads up our leisure division which focuses on visitor attractions, family entertainment centres, hotels, restaurants, bars and private members clubs. These projects are based in the UK and Overseas and the division offers end to end project management and delivery solutions for both the operational and construction aspects of a leisure business.

James is a mentor to a number of our up and coming employees and is a keen sportsmen regularly playing football and rugby, going skiing and scuba diving.

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