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Historic Building Architect/Surveyor

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Summary Are you are looking for an opportunity where you can make a real impact on the conservation of our national heritage? We are seeking an Historic Building Architect/Surveyor to join our Technical Conservation Team to support the delivery of the DCMS-funded Culture Recovery Fund. You will be joining at a critical time for the sector. Covid-19 has meant that many historic sites have been closed threatening their economic stability and creating a repair and maintenance backlog. Our grant funding will be essential at this time to support the sector and you will be working proactively with grant recipients to provide technical advice and support as part of a small friendly team Historic England is offering grants under the Heritage Stimulus Fund which is part of the Culture Recovery Fund. These grants will help stimulate the economy by upgrading important heritage tourist attractions, boosting the visitor economy and revitalising decaying historic buildings. Projects under this scheme will also help to protect jobs in the heritage construction sector and underpin specialist heritage professionals and craftspeople. 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 county and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals. This is a fixed term contract until September 2022. What you will be doing: As a member of the Technical Conservation Team, you will principally be working as part of the project team delivering grants under the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which is part of the DCMS funded Culture Recovery Fund; the Government`s support package to protect the country's cultural, arts and heritage organisations. You will use both your expert technical knowledge and your excellent interpersonal skills to advise on and develop proposals for repair and adaptative re-use of traditional buildings. You will be responsible for undertaking the assessment and professional management of applications for funding to repair existing buildings to ensure eligibility of works and deliverability of schemes. This will include examining applications, cost and programme information and assessing specifications, drawings and associated documentation and recommending appropriate action. You will take responsibility for Historic England technical input into grant aided projects, working proactively with grant recipients to provide technical advice and support to mitigate risks and issues and recommend actions on repair or alteration, liaising with professional advisers as required. This an opportunity to impact directly on the conservation of our national heritage, as well as to exchange skills and knowledge with our team of heritage professionals with expertise in historic building conservation. Whilst COVID restrictions are in place the role will be home working. Who we are looking for: • Architect or Building Surveyor with current ARB registration or chartered RICS membership • Extensive wide-ranging experience of the repair, alteration and adaptation of traditional buildings • Experience of diagnosing defects in historic buildings and specifying works to upgrade them to meet current regulations and standards • Good working knowledge of a wide range of building materials, historic building construction, current conservation, and the range of methods for repair and maintenance practice • Good knowledge and understanding of the stages and programming of construction works • Strong written communication skills Provisional interview dates: 27th or 28th July 2021. 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 recognize the importance of a healthy work -life balance.

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