Heritage Consultant - Cambridge

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
up to £30,000 per annum
17 Jul 2018
17 Aug 2018
Job (Function)
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for a dedicated and knowledgeable Heritage Consultant to join our eastern region team. This is an exciting opportunity to help manage change to significant places and to contribute to the conservation and enhancement of historic sites. We are looking for someone who can work as part of the regional team, as well as take on responsibility for their own project work.

You will work under the supervision of a designated line manager within the Heritage Consultancy Team.  You will provide heritage advice and guidance, undertake research and assessment of buildings and sites within the historic environment, and compose and contribute to various reports such as Conservation Management Plans, Historic Buildings Appraisals and Impact Assessments.

The job involves a fair amount of travelling.  Most of this will be within Purcell’s eastern region. However, there will also be occasions when work may be farther afield, and travel and occasional overnight stays will be necessary.  There may be considerable lengths of time when you will not be working in the office. All travel and accommodation for work is fully reimbursed (excluding normal travel to the office).


  • To regularly work as a member of a larger team, typically with other Heritage Consultants
  • To report on a weekly basis to your designated line manager with regards to tasks, fees and schedules and efficiently manage your own workload
  • Give honest and practical advice relating to heritage assets to our own internal team of architects and to external clients and stakeholders
  • Undertake desk-based and archival research
  • Carry out on-site, non-intrusive investigations of sites, including building recording (where necessary) and photographic survey
  • To have a clear understanding of and experience working with current legislation including the National Planning Policy Framework and current guidance from Historic England
  • Prepare competent, clear, and well written documents, such as:
    • Conservation Statements and Management Plans
    • Gazetteers
    • Archaeological Desk-based Assessments
    • Heritage Impact Assessments
    • Conservation Area, Character Area, Townscape or other Appraisals
    • Historic Building Appraisals
  • Contribute to business development within the region and to growing our local client base
  • Contribute to tenders and fee proposals for new work
  • To carry out 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year

Skills Base

A skills base in Archaeology, History, Art History or relevant field is a must, with at least 2 years of relevant experience. A degree in any of these fields is preferable and membership(s) of professional institutions, such as the IHBC, is desirable. A UK driving licence (for travel to remote sites) is also highly desirable. Experience carrying out archival, desk-based and on-site research and producing well written documents is a must. Experience managing your own workload and running projects is also essential. 

About us

We work as one family of many experts: architects, designers, heritage leaders and specialist consultants. Ideally placed in regions covering the UK and in Asia Pacific, we undertake projects across eight core sectors. Clients come to us when they need to make sense of their project. These complex scenarios often involve sensitive sites, listed buildings and admired places. We guide their transformation and help clients to build new structures and create new spaces through bespoke design. For seven decades, we have been making sure that our clients’ buildings are designed for use today and for future generations.

Website: http://www.purcelluk.com

Company size: 201-500 employees


*Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of your original application then you have been unsuccessful. Please continue to look at our vacancies and apply where relevant. We wish you all the best in your job search. 

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