Architect and Project Leader

Swann Edwards Architecture, Black Barn, Fen Road, Guyhirn, Wisbech, PE13 4AA
Between £32,000 to £42,000 in line with RIBA Salary Guide, dependant on experience + Benefits
30 Mar 2021
30 Apr 2021
Contract Type

Having been established for 10 years, we are a successful RIBA Chartered Practice with a varied and exciting portfolio across a wide range of sectors including domestic extensions, bespoke dwellings, residential developments, health care, commercial, industrial, educational, community and passivhaus projects.

Based in Guyhirn, in our bespoke passivhaus offices, we strive to provide a healthy, comfortable, creative environment for our team and offer a professional high-quality service to our clients across all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work. Click here for a virtual tour of our offices


Roles and responsibilities

We are looking for someone that is experienced and competent at all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work (residential and commercial projects) and can undertake the project leader role (both internally and externally) to successfully deliver projects.

You will be involved in advising clients, assistance in the preparation of fee structures, liaising with local planning and building control authorities, liaising with other professionals and consultants, coordinating design information, undertaking site surveys and producing survey drawings, producing initial sketches and feasibility proposals in accordance with the project brief and budget, production of planning packages including relevant documentation, producing building regulation drawings and specifications, production of construction information and specifications, managing the tender process, Principal Designer (under CDM2015) checking design packages prior to issue, ensuring design packages are undertaken in accordance with the Quality Assurance Procedures, updating WorkflowMax, maintaining the project administration plan, keeping the key stakeholders updated with progress and undertaking contract administration.

There will also be the opportunity as the role develops to lead on initial client meetings, initial consultations, brief and budget capture, production of project plans, undertaking public consultations and representing a parish and planning committee meetings.

As part of your role your professional subscriptions will be paid for by the company. You will be required to attend CPD events and the company will support you with your professional development. You will work closely with the Office Manager leading on delivery of projects and managing client expectations and lead and mentor the team with the potential for progression through to team leader and associate directorship.

Must haves


• RIBA Registration (can follow)

• 3-5 years post qualification experience

•Strong design skills both conceptually and technical with proven ability to interpret the client’s brief

• Experienced AutoCAD user

• Experienced in using Microsoft Office Suite

• Ability to work effectively, methodically, diligently and to deadlines

• Ability to pay close attention to detail

• Detailed Knowledge of UK Building Regulations

• Knowledge of UK planning policy

• Ability to lead (both internally and externally) as well as work as part of a team and independently

• Fluency in written and spoken English

• Full RIBA plan of work experience


Nice to haves

• NBS Specification writing         


• BIM experience

• InDesign

• 3D visuals using SketchUp and rendering software

• Photoshop

• Experience of initial client meetings

• Experience and detailed knowledge of UK Planning and production of Planning Packages

• Full UK Driving License

As part of the package of working at Swann Edwards we offer a competitive salary in line with the RIBA guide, pension, enhanced annual leave, Flexi-working (including home working, flexible hours and compressed hours), support with professional development and CPD, healthcare and opportunities for career progression.

If the above appeals to you and you have a growth mindset, up for a challenge, are motivated, enthusiastic and passionate please review the current opportunities and get in touch with your CV and Portfolio (no more than 10MB) at

Swann Edwards Architecture Limited is an equal opportunities employer.


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