Iceni appoints new director of heritage

Independent planning consultancy Iceni Projects (Iceni), has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Laurie Handcock as a Director. Laurie will be working alongside Ela Palmer (Director) to grow the firm’s Heritage team.

Laurie, an experienced and commercially-minded heritage professional, has joined Iceni from consultancy RPS–CgMs, where he was closely involved with growing and developing the firm’s Historic Buildings team. His expertise lies in negotiating complex consents across a variety of scales. He is also skilled at inputting into the design process, which will complement Iceni’s design team offer.

His experience ranges from urban, mixed-use heritage-led regeneration schemes and strategic housing and infrastructure projects, through to detailed work with sensitive, highly graded buildings and landscapes. Laurie’s work at CgMs involved the delivery of recent consents for a heritage-led regeneration scheme for Westmoreland House and the Carriageworks, in Bristol, and outline and more detailed consents for Alconbury Weald, a major employment and residential development at RAF Alconbury, a Second World War and Cold War airfield.

Ian Anderson, Executive Director at Iceni Projects, said:

“This strategic appointment will bolster our well-established heritage team further, complementing our integrated offer at Iceni – an offer that includes specialist design, sustainability, engagement and transport teams. Our Heritage team is involved in an array of notable heritage-led projects including the former Foyles site, in Soho and a major PRS scheme in a historically sensitive context at Abbey Road in Barking, with more in the pipeline. The team and its clients will no doubt benefit from Laurie’s considerable expertise and experience.”

Throughout his career, Laurie has gained expertise in listing rebuttals and Certificates of Immunity and has advised on tall building projects, produced Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments, and appeared as an Expert Witness at inquires.

Laurie Handcock, added:

“I am excited to join such a reputable and cutting-edge consultancy and look forward to not only working on some of the fascinating heritage-led schemes that London and the wider-UK has to offer, but also helping to drive the growth of the heritage team.”

Laurie’s background is in architectural history and he has extensive knowledge in post-war heritage having completed his Masters in Historic Building Conservation.