Architect / Architectural Assistant /Technologist

Burnham Market, North Norfolk Coast
Salary between £40K and £50K depending on skills and experience
15 Mar 2017
06 Apr 2017
Contract Type

I am looking for a job architect / technician / technologist to help in this small traditional architect’s office on the North Norfolk Coast. The practice consists of me, my part-time fully-qualified architect colleague (Jane) and my technologist assistant.

My assistant – a qualified technologist - is moving back home to The States and I am looking for someone to replace him.

Currently we are working on new houses (ranging from £500K to £1.5m), several extensions, barn conversions and listed buildings - all interesting domestic projects done to a high standard for discerning clients.

The style of work is a mixture of traditional and modern.

Applicants need to have an all round knowledge of all aspects of the job and be able to organize their workloads well, express themselves clearly, be computer literate and competent at CAD. We try to share and do all aspects of the job.

Principal tasks

Scheme design – This is mostly done by me, but for small jobs I may require you to meet with clients, prepare sketch designs, advise on CDM and programme etc. Depending on your gift for design this could be developed or not. (My current technologist only does this to a very small extent.)

Planning procedures - Work up scheme designs, only occasionally including 3D renderings or models; attend pre-application discussions with planning officers; submit planning applications (fill out forms, inlcudign CIL, write simple flood risk assessments and design and access statements, discharge conditions etc.) and monitor their progress. 

Arrange for cost estimates and invite fee proposals from consultants.

Detailed design - Liaise with consultants (engineer, QS and energy consultants) and prepare detailed drawings and documents for building regulations and tender purposes. Research materials and write specifications. Make Building Regulations applications.

Tender action - Invite tenders, arrange access for builders. Mostly we procure contractors in the traditional way with a Minor Works Contract.

Contracts - Prepare and administer building contracts. The job involves going out on site a lot and we have an enjoyable and good non-adversarial relationship with several builders.

Other tasks – looking after the computers,  IT, ordering stationary etc. You will also need to drive and have your own car, though most sites are within ten miles so there is not much traveling involved.

The office

My architect colleague, Jane works three days a week – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30 am to 4 pm.

I live in London and come to the Office on Monday morning (arriving at 10.30), spend two days and try to leave for home back in London mid-afternoon on Tuesday. I spend Wednesdays in London, meet London clients and use the day as a quiet  time to develop designs. I then come back to Norfolk on Thursday morning (arriving at 10.30) and leave for London on Friday mid-afternoon.

In addition to the principal tasks above, you will need to be an anchor person and bit of a personal assistant to me, taking and relaying the odd phone messages, keeping me abreast of what is happening in the office while I am away, etc.

You should be ok working on your own on Wednesdays and when there is no one in the office.

Future prospects

I will be retiring in seven years time and there is the opportunity for the right applicant to take over from me in due course.

Holidays and working hours

Bank holidays plus 30 days.

Working hours are 8.30 am to 5 pm, with a full hour for lunch.

You will never be expected to work overtime or meet clients at the weekend!