Place Services: Built Heritage Consultant

logoSalary: Up to £32,000 pa
Full time, permanent
Primary Location: Chelmsford

Job Purpose
Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and integral to our success are our people. We are a traded service of Essex County Council and our purpose is to support public sector organisations to deliver their role in sustainable development.

Place Services are on the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s HESPR register and we are a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. The growth of our service  means we are looking for a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and versatile historic buildings specialist to join our Historic Environment team.

The key responsibility for this role is to contribute to the effective technical delivery of our built heritage specialism. We offer a unique post which is one of the most diverse in the sector. You will help deliver our existing contracts, which include providing conservation advice to local planning authorities, as well as undertake a diverse range of Historic Environment project work. You will form part of a team that act as Conservation Advisers to local planning authorities in Essex, London, Hertfordshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.

Reporting to the Historic Environment Manager, the Consultant will contribute to realising our on-going commercial success and aspirations for growth. You will deliver work streams for a range of public sector clients, both within and outside of Essex. This will require good technical knowledge and project/client management skills, as well as creative thinking, to ensure effective and profitable delivery of our services.

Based in our offices in Chelmsford, we offer the opportunity for you to develop your expertise as part of a performance-driven team of dedicated professionals, in a region with a rich and varied heritage of historic environment. We invest in the development of our staff, fully funding membership of both the IHBC and CIfA as well as providing funded training to individuals throughout the year.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic there is currently a requirement for homeworking and this is supported through provision of appropriate I.T. hardware and software.

Typical aspects of this role include:

    • Provision of conservation advice (role of conservation officer) to at least one local authority;
    • Production of/contribution to conservation area appraisals and design guidance;
    • Cross working with our archaeological specialists;
    • Joint working with our Natural and Built Environment teams within Place Services;
    • Production of Built Heritage Statements and Conservation Management Plans; and
    • Contribution to our diverse project work. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

    • Educated to post graduate level in building conservation (or related discipline) with demonstrable professional experience, or to degree level in building conservation (or related discipline) with significant built heritage experience.
    • Has or working towards full membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
    • A minimum of two years relevant work experience as a built heritage specialist in either the private or public sector.
    • Good knowledge of guidance, legislation and planning policy pertaining to the historic environment.
    • Good level of technical experience and knowledge of building conservation/historic buildings, including: site analysis, researching and preparing evidence base reports, and experience of development management and listed building consent proposals.
    • Good written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation, allied with confident and professional interpersonal skills.
    • Good project management skills, including ability to prioritise work whilst maintaining focus on key projects or activities, within tightly defined timescales.
    • A full driving licence, and access to a car, is an essential requirement of this role.

Comprehensive training and CPD is available, including access to our annual programme of Traditional Building Skills, Conservation courses and lectures:

For an informal discussion about the position please call Historic Environment Manager Tim Murphy (07738 886108) or email

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Apply and next steps
Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you upload an up to date CV and supporting statement when prompted.

Applications are required to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 4th October 2020 

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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