Urban Designer

Job Title: Urban Designer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
REF: HQ00020562
Contact Name: Josh Marshall
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Job Published: over 1 year ago

Urban Designer

A chance to work for a leading private consultancy who prides itself on employee development, working on large scale, complex and exciting projects in a supportive and cooperative environment in Oxfordshire.

The Company
Our client is an innovative multi-disciplinary practice combining Architects, Town Planners and Urban Designers who pride themselves on being creative, sustainable, and client focused and have recently been awarded the Investors in People Gold accreditation. They are leading on the development of some nationally significant projects, including an entirely new settlement in the South of the UK. Due to the number of new promotions and schemes, they are currently looking to expand quite significantly to support their current work load. As such they require an Urban Designer to join their team.

The role of Urban Designer
You will be providing first class Urban Design and Masterplanning expertise for a range of clients, on new development and public Urban Design projects. Part of this is to liaise and draw expertise from other departments in the business such as Planning and Architecture, to provide the context for good design in both built form and the public realm.

Key job responsibilities:

  • You will be dealing directly with clients providing advice upon design, strategy and progress of projects.
  • Preparation of feasibility studies for early masterplanning work
  • Scheme design and development from initial concepts to preparing planning drawings
  • Prepare initial feasibility analysis and contextual appraisals of development opportunities, having regard to urban design principles.
  • To be able to clearly articulate the merits of good design.
  • Promote contemporary sustainable development having regard to modern methods of construction, consequences for climate change and carbon emissions to affordable housing and transport.
  • Prepare design briefs for sites and clearly show how local context influences design.
  • Prepare and assist with master planning projects.
  • Have a working knowledge of design codes and their use within the planning process.
  • To assist in preparing planning application submissions including urban design assessments for development opportunities to include pre-application meetings with officers of Local Planning Authority.
  • To assist and co-ordinating other professionals involved in the project to ensure a seamless design approach.
  • To assist in, and carry out the preparation of design and access statements as well as feeding in key drawings and writing descriptive text where appropriate.
  • To be able to translate a masterplan from a hand sketch into a CAD drawing and produce feasibility studies exploring density.
  • To prepare parameter plans and design frameworks alongside masterplan area schedules.
  • To assist in undertaking meetings with clients to advise them upon potential success of a development opportunity and the progress of a current project.
  • To promote and participate in successful public consultation exercises associated with urban design contextual reports, master plan proposals and planning application proposals, in line with best practice and strategies identified by Local Authorities in their Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).
  • Maintain a programme of CPD in line with the business' requirements and best practice in Urban Design.
  • To maintain a current knowledge of best practice and procedures in Urban Design.
  • To assist the partners and associates in the production of consultant briefs, project programmes and fee proposals.
  • To promote projects with minimum supervision.

To be considered for the role of Urban Designer

  • You have a degree and postgraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • You have at least 3 years PQE within the Urban Design field
  • Experience in design software such as AutoCAD
  • A passion for sustainability and design, with a desire to progress your career with a leading organisation