Director Masterplanning

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My client is an award-winning architecture-led design practice that provide a range of design services in architecture, masterplanning and urban design, landscape and conservation architecture as well as sustainability engineering with projects all across the U.K.


They have a steady and growing workload and are in the process of expanding and strengthening its design team. They are currently promoting a variety of projects, ranging from strategic and detailed masterplans for mixed developments of up to 2500 dwellings,  design coding for both residential and commercial schemes of varying scales, large scale developments for PRS and ‘Elderly Living’, preparing testing and detailed layouts for schemes of up to 500 units, landscape master plans and greenspace plans, as well as detailed designs for small developments, including ‘exceptional design’ homes, school refurbishments and extensions, new build projects and a growing portfolio of commercial schemes of many types.


My client has a broad client base which ranges from ‘blue chip’ companies, public sector organisations, national housebuilders, developers and investors and a range of private clients.


An opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Master Planner, Urban Designer and/or Architect with a minimum of 10 years’ post qualification experience to take on the leadership of the master-planning and urban design function and grow and develop this as part of the multi-disciplinary professional offer.


You will be part of the management team and you should have a strong urban design/master planning background in the relevant sectors and be able to lead and advise upon the preparation of large-scale masterplans and urban design studies with planning consultants and others, as well as work at a more intimate scale on challenging sites and schemes. There will be an opportunity also to provide expert witness services at planning appeals.


You will be a good communicator as the role will require both professional and business advocacy, and experience in these are areas would be a distinct advantage.  You should have good managerial skills and experience in client liaison and business development, managing staff and project resources, preparing fee proposals, running project teams, participating in public consultations with stakeholder and community groups and in design reviews.


This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career in a fast-growing and creative design consultancy and help shape its future.  This position is aimed at professionals who would be interested in joining at a strategic level, and contributing to commercial / business development and help the practice continue to grow their client base and workload.  If you are ambitious, care about motivating people and making things happen in a collaborative environment, this role would be for you.


The client value the development of their staff and they believe in investing in their team, with regular CPD's, knowledge sharing workshops, social events and a yearly staff conference.



The post will attract a competitive package including salary, profit share bonus, pension, health insurance etc

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