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Heritage Consultant

£34,000 - 37,000
Closing date
16 Oct 2023

Job Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and capable Heritage Consultant or Senior Heritage Consultant to join our Bristol studio.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the successful management and conservation of important heritage assets in the south-west and further afield.

If you are a Senior Heritage Consultant or an experienced Heritage Consultant looking to take that next step, we are looking for a diligent and skilful individual who can inspire creativity and confidence amongst clients, consultants and colleagues alike, delivering excellent advice, promoting Purcell and conservation, and developing new business opportunities. We will consider both part time and full-time applicants.

Purcell is an award-winning employee-owned architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a commitment to quality, innovation, and diversity. We have staff of approximately 280 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Winners of Architect Employer of the Year 2022.
Collaboration is central to our employee-ownership culture, providing opportunities to work on some of the finest buildings; from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development and our employee-owned ethos empowers everyone to use their voice. We believe in creating an equitable and inclusive culture, founded on our values, which celebrates knowledge sharing and our successes, to build an inspiring work environment.

It is our distinctive employee-owned working culture that has contributed to our status as a World Architecture Top 100 Practice, renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of 3 days in office, up to 2 days WFH) annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, virtual GP service, subscription fees, company day out, a volunteering scheme and enhanced learning & development opportunities.

The successful candidate will be based in our Bristol studio, supporting the team’s architectural projects as required and working autonomously to lead standalone heritage consultancy projects.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing sound and ethical advice concerning the appropriate conservation of the historic environment
  • Regularly communicating with the regional heritage consultancy team, including reporting to a designated line manager
  • Managing a busy workload to meet deadlines
  • Delegating tasks to assistant heritage consultants and preparing comprehensive briefs for them
  • Actively seeking to win an engaging portfolio of work through business development, preparing competitive fee proposals and contributing to tenders
  • Preparing thorough, concise and well-structured heritage reports
  • Managing project budgets and financial monitoring
  • Where appropriate, manage subconsultants
  • Travelling across the region, including supporting colleagues in our Oxford studio (travelling nationally may also be required)

Skills and Qualifications:

  • First degree in architectural history, archaeology, building conservation or other relevant subject area
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a similar role (or 4 years’ experience for a senior position)
  • Experience preparing heritage statements (/listed building consent reporting) and advising design teams
  • Experience preparing conservation management plans, conservation area appraisals and other heritage reports
  • Experience assessing and advising on a varied range of heritage assets (period, style and designations)
  • Existing network and knowledge of business opportunities in the south-west, particularly Bristol and Bath
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, as per the requirements of the project
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work within a budget
  • Agility to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent communication, particularly writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Curiosity and commitment to continued professional development


  • Full IHBC membership or other relevant professional accreditation
  • Experience in preparing fee proposals and tenders
  • Knowledge of RIBA work stages
  • UK driving license

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

As world leaders of Heritage and Conservation, Purcell is committed to embracing diversity and equal opportunity within our international teams, reflective of the society in which we work and live.
We welcome people from all backgrounds and celebrate differences through our culture of employee ownership.


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 decades, we have been making sure that our clients’ buildings are designed for use today and for future generations.

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15 Bermondsey Square
Tower Bridge Road
Greater London

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