Project Architect

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
£53,818 to £59,199 per annum
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Project Architect
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Project Architect

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £53,818 to £59,199 per annum (dependant on skill and experience)

Contract Type: Open ended (Permanent)

Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0DE

Closing date: 27th February 2024


Together, our scientist, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity.

We now have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Architectural Project Architect to support the delivery of a diverse portfolio of small and medium refurbishment, extensions and smaller construction projects at RAL

You will work across the National Labs and will be required to have a good understanding of the technical requirements across all departments in order to enable science and engineering programme delivery.

Working closely with the Construction Project Managers and the internal design team, the role fulfils a key role in delivering smaller refurbishment and backlog maintenance derived projects - following our internal Project Management Office (PMO) processes and methodologies and Design processes, ensuring schemes are delivering the key objectives, to the STFC and national standards. STFC projects are usually delivered at pace and require robust decision making and leadership from the Project Architect.

Role Responsibilities

  • Project Architect and Lead Designer on small & minor refurbishment projects, managing the design process and small architectural team with project designs throughout all of the RIBA Design Stages and following the RIBA Plan of works.
  • Ability to design new facilities for scientists and engineers having gathered their requirements and acting as an “intelligent client”.
  • Preparation of specifications and drawings for schemes, ensuring design processes such as surveys, designers risk assessments and Building Control submission and approvals are followed, for the design proposals to then be provided to contractors to carry out the works.
  • Acting as a Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015 and new duties under the Building Safety Act 2022 and ensure the H&S file is concluded at the end of each project. Ensure that H&S legislation is central to every project
  • Have a key understanding of sustainable engineering, inclusive design, and new building legislation with regards to fire in design and construction

Essential Shortlisting Criteria

Ideally you will be a RIBA Chartered Architect with substantial post Chartership experience along with;

  • An education comprising of: Degree and Diploma/Masters in Architecture, Certificate of Professional Practice & Management in Architecture, ARB Registered 
  • Experience as a Lead designer on multi-disciplinary refurbishment projects within the commercial or science laboratory sectors.
  • Demonstrate Design led strengths with a passion for design and the value that this brings to world class places, world class spaces and world class Science.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of dealing with current building construction legislation, including building regulatory requirements, British Standards, industry best practices, health and safety, environmental management and building control.
  • Experience in managing a small design team, leading on multi-disciplinary projects at various RIBA work stages
  • Experience of working to CDM 2015 Regulations and fulfilling designer duties.
  • Experience of the Principal Designer role and duties within competencies demonstrated with project experience. (SKATE: skills, knowledge, attitude, technical & experience or SKEB: Skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours)       

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself.

Join us and discover what’s possible by submitting your CV and covering letter which outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council – Estates Capital Development Opportunities

Are you someone who wants to make a vital contribution to ensuring that the UK is a world leader in science and technology?  Do you strive to work in a values driven organisation, where diversity and inclusion is a priority, alongside promoting excellence, innovation and collaboration in all that we do? Are you an individual who thrives on developing solutions to complex problems, enjoys a dynamic team environment, and can successfully communicate with a wide range of audiences?  If so, please read on as we have some fantastic opportunities for outstanding candidates!

STFC is under-going a period of extensive development.  We are developing our sites, at Harwell (RAL) and Daresbury, in order to expand our scientific capabilities and attain our strategic vision to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills and facilities for the benefit of the United Kingdom.

The expansion of our scientific facilities, through our development work, will secure our position as an outstanding scientific organisation, capable of producing world leading research, innovation and skills.

Through the provision of cutting edge science facilities, we can attract the best academic partnerships, support interdisciplinary research, foster industrial collaboration and economic growth, as we encourage business development in our exceptionally diverse scientific community.

Your role, in our reputable capital development team, will be pivotal in securing our future vision.  You will have direct input, through the planning, oversight and management of our intricate construction work, in creating the facilities which will support the crucial scientific, research and technological advances that will ensue.

We are a highly motivated and energetic team, results driven but also focused on best practice.  We are also friendly, supportive and believe in developing our talented staff.  We offer a wonderful working environment with a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

As part of our redevelopment of our capital development team, we are looking for:

Senior Project Coordinator:

The Senior Project Coordinator will Support project managers with managing consultant and contractor appointments, including obtaining fee proposals and ensuring that stated deliverables are achieved. You will be a key point of contact for this project, liaising with internal project finance stakeholders to support and provide accurate and consistence project finance information. You will also be the central point of your Estates colleagues and will work closely with the Head of Capital Development to resolve any issues that may affect programme progress.

Construction Project Manager:

The Construction Project Manager will be responsible for managing the delivery of significant and complex construction projects. You will manage the interface between the client team and the design team, appointed consultants and main contractors.

As Project Manager, you will be the Estates lead on major projects through all stages ensuring schemes deliver on budget and program.   Working within a team, you will be will be expected to manage schemes typically in the region of £5m - 50m, but could include managing a significant portfolio of lower value works. The nature of STFC’s science dictates that most major projects are likely to be complex and unique and will require you to ensure scientific goals are achieved whilst maintaining control of budget and programme constraints, delivering maintainable and resilient buildings.

Head of Capital Delivery:

Reporting to the Head of Estates and Facilities Management, the Head of Capital Deliver will lead and be accountable for the management and delivery of Major the construction works for STFC, currently excess of £200m. You will also lead on commercial negotiations with suppliers’ and achieving associated approvals within government departments.  You will be responsible for the management and delivery of STFC major development schemes through end to end RIBA stages.  You will contribute and support the development and implementation of the Estates Services objectives and strategy. You will also be accountable for the establishment and maintenance of appropriate governance throughout each of the project lifecycles and establish a robust, transparent and consistent Project Management processes, using appropriate systems to support. Additionally, you will foster a ‘one team’ approach and culture amongst the delivery team and wider Estates Services team.

Head of Capital Development:

As the Head of Estates Capital Development you will develop a vision for the potential of the STFC Estate and have the opportunity to influence key choices and priorities. You will be instrumental in designing and agreeing both long-term masterplans and a 10 year delivery plan including preparation of a compelling business case for investment. You will align our ensure infrastructure to the Estate ambition, and demonstrate a strong commitment to a sustainable Estate and its environmental impacts.

Within this role, you are a senior leader across the STFC Estate, reporting to the Head of Estates and Facilities Management. You will lead on the further development and implementation of the Estates Strategy (currently at drafting stage) ensuring development is forward thinking with science delivery at its heart. You will be instrumental in shaping and delivering the Environmental Sustainability strategy where initiatives are Estates led. You will lead on the creation of STFC masterplans and development strategy, ensuring alignment with respective strategic business cases and also lead on relevant commercial strategies with to achieve associated approvals within government departments. You will manage the Capital delivery team, (current construction £250m +) ensuring high performance and efficient delivery, with clear governance and assurance.

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