Project Architect

Longmore House, Edinburgh
14 Sep 2017
12 Oct 2017
Job Type

Thank you for your interest in the post of Project Architect with Historic Environment Scotland, based at Longmore House, Edinburgh.  This is a 3 year Fixed Term appointment. 

The post will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of conservation and maintenance projects within the HES Investment Plan at the Properties in the Care of Scottish Ministers. This will include development, project management and delivery of the HES investment plan projects in our conservation, visitor facing facilities, site infrastructure, M&E installations, Climate Change and carbon reduction programmes.      

The post will be part of the multidisciplinary team of professional and technical staff based in the Estates team in the Conservation Directorate in Edinburgh. For internal HES applicants this is a 3 year assignment opportunity working within the Conservation Directorate. At the end of this assignment, internal HES applicants will return to their substantive post and grade. Please note that if this is a promotion opportunity for you, you will remain on the minimum of the band for the duration of the assignment.  Your current post will be protected and left open for you to return to at the end of the assignment.

About us

We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment; a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. We’re at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment, and addressing the impact of climate change on its future. We investigate and record architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and care for more than 300 properties of national importance. We have a People Strategy, which is an overarching strategy to ensure we support and develop staff within the organisation.

Our Vision 

Our vision is that Scotland’s historic environment is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride by everyone. 

Our Mission 

To enhance knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s historic environment. 
To protect, conserve and manage the historic environment for the enjoyment, enrichment and benefit for everyone – now, and in the future. 
To share and celebrate our cultural heritage with the world. 

Overview of the post and information about the team

The Estates team within the Conservation Directorate is responsible for the care and conservation of the 336 Properties in the Care of Scottish Ministers. The Head of Estates leads the Estates team and is responsible for the delivery of the Estates Works programme, operation of the HES properties and strategic management and investment associated with the asset portfolio. The Estates team comprises almost 400 professional, craft skilled and works staff, divided into 4 regional teams based in 27 depots across Scotland. The conservation works programme is led by a multi-disciplinary professional team of in house Architects, Architectural technicians, Structural and Civil Engineers, M&E Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Conservation Specialists.  

The post will report to the new National Investment Plan Co-ordinator for Conservation
and work across all Directorates to co-ordinate and deliver HES Investment Plan projects.  This will involve close liaison with the Visitor Operations team in Commercial and Tourism Directorate who will act as Client for the majority of the projects.  Strong team working will also be required with the regional professional teams; the Strategic Investment team; the Visitor Experience and Learning teams; the Cultural Resources team and the regional works teams on site.  Key duties will be the delivery of the 2017-20 Investment Plan projects related to Visitor facing facilities and infrastructure at the Properties in Care and associated ancillary accommodation.   The post will be supported by the wider Estates professional services teams.

Other areas of focus will include: to deliver a strong design ethic within the organisation; establish future priorities and development work; implement consistent processes and systems for project management; implement appropriate use of BiM for project delivery and future asset management; implement standards and principles for design and project management for large project delivery within the Estates team.

The HES Investment Plan sits alongside the HES Asset Management Plan and is key to the delivery of HES Corporate Plan and strategic objectives across the HES asset portfolio. It is the vehicle for HES to deliver world leading visitor attractions and improve access to our sites.  The Scheme of Delegation requires HES to invest and put in place principles, standards and procedures to ensure that the properties in the care of Scottish Ministers are accessible and conserved and maintained to a high standard. 

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

  • Deliver the HES Investment Plan projects for 2017 – 20 for a section of the conservation, visitor facing facilities and infrastructure projects at the Properties in Care and associated ancillary accommodation across Scotland.  Projects will be resource driven nationally and duties may require travelling and overnight periods away from home.
  • Deliver the projects through all RIBA Plan of Work stages as required. Act as client representative, contract administrator or project manager as required. Undertake all operations in accordance with HES financial, procurement and contract procedures. Fulfil roles as required under CDM Regulations. Submit Scheduled Monument Consent applications and other statutory applications. Implement consistent processes and systems for project management of projects across the Estates team.  Site works may be carried out by the Historic Scotland masonry conservation unit or external contractors.
  • Support a strong design ethic within the organisation.  Work towards a common language of design, using a recognisable palette of materials and details that supports HES principles and the promotion and development of traditional materials, construction and skills across Scotland.
  • Support a strong sustainability ethos within the organisation, embedded in all projects form inception to completion and operation.  Work with the HES Climate Change team to ensure compliance and help deliver the HES Carbon Management Plan 2017 – 2022, Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy strategy. Waste Scotland (Regulations) 2012, HES Sustainability Policy.
  • Ensure all Investment plan projects are compliant with relevant statutory regulations and support all internal HES policies, especially Equality Act 2010 , HES Access Policy,  HES Carbon Management Plan 2017 – 2022, Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy strategy. Waste Scotland (Regulations) 2012, HES Sustainability Policy and CDM regulations.
  • Implement appropriate use of BiM for project delivery and future asset management across the property portfolio, working closely with in house HES professional teams.
  • Deliver appropriate standards in conservation and project management in accordance with HES Conservation Principles and Standards and relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Implement a soft landings approach to projects to ensure the Client and end users of the building are fully integrated in the process from inception to completion and beyond to meet expectations and ensure operational performance improvement. This will involve the integration of all new works into the Estates Facilities Management system and local team operations.
  • Ensure that all project data is compatible and assists with the developing digital CAFM (Computer Aided facilities Management) system, HES-Sigma (new digital condition data collection system) and the new digital Properties in Care Asset Management System (PICAMS) that will link the data sets held within Conservation Directorate and HES.
  • Provide data and information as required to the Estates Audit, Analytics and Reporting team to assist with the Annual PIC Conservation Report as required under the Scheme of Delegation.
  • Provide professional and technical support, if required, to the statutory scheme of grant-aided repairs to listed buildings and monuments.  This will involve site visits, preparation of advisory reports, review of proposals, and inspection of works to endure appropriate standards are maintained.  Caseload will be resource driven and duties may require travelling and overnight periods away from home.  
  • Carry out condition surveys of the Properties in Care using the new HES-Sigma digital condition data collection system, if required. Establish future priorities and development work for a section of PiCs and ancillary accommodation, including Monument Investment Plans for PiCs. By compiling conservation strategies and monument investment plans for the Properties in Care in conjunction with input from specialist teams.  

Post Competencies 

You will be assessed against these competencies during our selection process.

Core Competencies: 

  • Delivering excellent Service – Demonstrating a commitment to quality services
  • Teamwork - Contributing to and supporting working together
  • Planning and Organising - Putting plans and resources in place to achieve results
  • Communication - Communicating appropriately and clearly
  • Knowledge & Expertise - Applying and developing knowledge and expertise to achieve results - (See below for specific criteria)

Management Competencies:

  • Achieving results - Focusing on the delivery of objectives
  •  Leading your team - Leading and developing people

Knowledge, skills and experience 

You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process.  

Essential requirements:

  • You will be design focused, communicative and have very strong presentation skills.
  • You will have an in depth knowledge and proven experience of project, contract and financial management in relation to construction projects and budget management
  • You will have a strong conservation ethic and empathy with our conservation purpose. 
  • You will be able to demonstrate pragmatic, structured thinking. 
  • You will be highly competent in building strong partnerships with others. 
  • You will be self-motivating, and able to develop and deliver projects and programmes with minimal supervision.
  • You will have experience of co-ordinating complex programmes of work and resources in a construction environment.
  • You will be able to analyse building problems, seek and evaluate advice from technical and historical research and provide innovative solutions which satisfy HES conservation principles and criteria 

Desirable requirements:

  • You will have experience in conservation project management.
  • You will have experience of and be competent in the use of BiM, Revit and related building information or drawing packages
  • You will have a working knowledge of ArcGiS 
  • You will have demonstrable experience in the repair of historic structures and wide knowledge of traditional Scottish building materials and construction practice 
  • You will have knowledge of historic design development, national and international conservation philosophies and specialist masonry consolidation, preservation and restoration techniques.
  • A full driving license and car user

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • You will be a fully qualified Architect, registered in the UK
  • Conservation accreditation is desirable
  • A post graduate degree in building conservation or related discipline is desirable

What we offer 

We welcome applications from all nationalities, ensuring that they have the right to work in the UK and applying for a job with us could open the door to a unique work environment. It could also give you job satisfaction and excellent development opportunities, plus a competitive salary, 25 days paid holidays (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 11.5 public holidays a year – pro rata for part time staff.  

In addition we offer a great benefits package to our employees which includes:

  • flexible working hours
  • special leave
  • maternity/paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • childcare vouchers
  • to pay for relevant professional subscriptions
  • support for further education and personal development
  • study leave for work related courses
  • access to a learning resource centre

As part of the Conservation team you will have access to the Technical Training offer at the Engine Shed.  You will be registered as a learner and have access to all modules, units and parts of the Advanced Diploma in Technical Conservation (SCQF Level 11).  All Conservation staff are encouraged to complete a minimum of 5 days technical training per year. All training is certified and can be recorded as CPD or formal assessment.

Health and welfare

We offer you access to:

  • our Employee Assistance Programme – for confidential advice and counselling
  • an occupational sick pay scheme
  • discounts at some local authority leisure facilities
  • interest free loans for bicycles (and travel passes)
  • As part of our Equalities policy, we will make any reasonable adjustments for staff when needed. 

Staff discounts

You will receive:

  • free entry to all of our properties (with up to three guests)
  • free entry to English Heritage, Manx and Cadw properties
  • 20% off purchases in our retail outlets

Season tickets

You can get an advance to help with the cost of buying an annual season ticket for travel between home and work. The advance is then repaid from your salary over the life of the season ticket. Open to all permanent and fixed-term staff.

How to apply for this post

You can apply on-line by visiting our website by clicking on apply button

Your application should arrive by the advertised closing date. Please note that when applying online, we will only be able to see your application once you fully submit it. 
Alternatively, you can request electronic or paper copies of the application pack by emailing quoting the job title and recruitment reference. Please return your completed application form to the same email address or by post to Human Resources, HES, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH, to arrive by the advertised closing date.

For further information contact: Joann Russell, Head of Estates on 0131 668 8868.

To assist in your application, please take time to read the guidance notes provided.

Applications are especially welcome from those who have Gaelic language skills.  

Thank you. 

Human Resources
Historic Environment Scotland

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