Architect- Built Heritage Consultant

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    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

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    5 months ago

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The company:

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

Our Historic Environment team requires an experienced, dynamic heritage specialist to replace our lead built heritage role, to help in the development of the existing built heritage business in our Planning South region, based in London, but working throughout the UK.

The established Historic Environment team sits within our Environment team and comprises of 8 consultants in London and 3 in the Midlands Campus.  We are keen to build on their successes and continue to grow the team and the direction of the built heritage business. This is an opportunity to really drive this expansion. We have contributed to a number of high profile projects including HS1, HS2, Crossrail, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Grand Hotel Birmingham and St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

You will have the ability to run large and complex projects and take a pivotal position in dealing with Client contacts and supporting the management of other teams within Arup.


The Role

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with good communication and people skills. This is a new opportunity for someone to run and expand our built heritage strategy, supporting our clients to achieve their aims through your consultancy skills.

Your role covers management of change within the historic built environment, combining technical expertise and architectural knowledge with commercial acumen and business leadership. Focusing on winning new work, overseeing the delivery of built heritage inputs for internal and external clients within a wide range of project sectors including planning, structural engineering, geotechnics, energy performance, property, transport and cities.    

Leadership of Arup’s more complex and challenging projects will be required, guiding on assessments, design advice and consent applications. The role will require the ability to bring in a variety of work ranging from Conservation Management Plans, Conservation Area Assessments, Environmental Statements, Statements of Significance, Urban Renewal Strategies and complex conservation projects for sites in the UK and internationally.  

The role will require minimal supervision and you will be responsible for reviewing the work of others to ensure that standards are maintained. This role will report to the Historic Environment team leader.  Ideally you will have experience in project management, preparation of tenders and dealing with a range of clients in a consultancy role. With the ability to draw on your knowledge of the theory and application of current and developing conservation practices and architectural history.  You should also have an interest in Environmental Impact Assessments and an understanding of what this involves.

A key element of the role involves developing winning bids and having an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and being able to quickly develop an understanding of the full range of skills available within Arup.  

Finally, the applicant should have a specialism, skill or area of knowledge that contributes to the development of the team and wider business, providing Arup with a competitive advantage. This will contribute to our innovation programme and to developing technical excellence   


To achieve in this role, you will have…

  • An Established track-record of delivering public or private heritage focused projects;

  • Full knowledge of the planning process (including EIA) and be fully conversant with the relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance;

  • Robust knowledge of UK architecture and architectural history;

  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills;

  • Full Member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC or similar) 


  • Relevant Masters degree or higher qualification in the built environment, eg Architecture, Architectural History, Conservation Management or similar. 

  • A good first degree in Architecture, Conservation of the Historic Environment or Architectural History; 

Desirable skills and knowledge: 

  • Architectural background;

  • Experience of a commercial consultancy environment and international working;

  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a range of clients and peers in the industry;

  • Technical Reviewer for assessments and other technical reports;

  • Understanding of engagement in development projects and experience of organising and managing community consultation. 

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.