Damp Towers Project Manager


We are seeking a part-time Damp Towers Project Manager to work as a key member of the Building Conservation & Geospatial Survey Team in Technical Conservation.

In this role you will lead delivery of the next phase of the Damp Towers Project. This long-running research project, which focuses on church towers in the South West, aims to develop effective and sustainable solutions to the problems of driving rain penetration in solid-walled buildings.

This is a fixed term contract role until the end of March 2021 - 9 hrs. per week

What you will be doing:

Taking an active part in the Team`s research programme, you will lead on design and delivery of the next phase of the Damp Towers research project, to ensure that the advice we give on the conservation of the historic built environment is underpinned by sound evidence.

This will include designing and commissioning research, and reviewing, editing, publishing and disseminating the results to a variety of audiences. Specific tasks will include reviewing scientific research on re-pointing mortars to resist driving rain penetration, preparing a project design and brief for research into the documentary evidence for traditional protective surface finishes to solid masonry walls in south-west England, commissioning the research, and reviewing, editing, publishing and disseminating the findings to a range of audiences using a variety of media, and developing a project design for a further phase of research comprising fieldwork and laboratory characterisation of material samples from buildings identified in the documentary research.

You will also provide expert advice and guidance on appropriate methods of dealing with driving-rain penetration in solid-walled historic masonry buildings to colleagues in Historic England, the English Heritage Trust, and to the wider building conservation sector. This will include managing, co-ordinating and supervising commissioned consultants.

What we are looking for:

  • Professional qualification in architecture or building surveying, with current ARB registration or chartered RICS membership

  • Accreditation in building conservation

  • Extensive, appropriate and wide-ranging post-qualification experience in diagnosing defects - particularly the causes of driving-rain penetration - in solid-walled historic masonry buildings, and implementing appropriate interventions

  • Familiarity with current issues affecting historic buildings and the historic environment generally and in particular with the research and outputs of the Historic England Damp Towers project to date.

  • Thorough understanding of the mechanisms of deterioration of building materials and the causes of driving-rain penetration, options for remedial work and the implications of intervention

  • Experience of drafting reports, guidance and articles, and editing the work of others

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you. Having just won the Gold Award from MIND, we also recognise the importance of a healthy work -life balance. We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the country and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals.