LUC: Senior Historic Environment Consultant

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We are seeking a Senior Historic Environment Consultant with a historic buildings focus to join a friendly, award-winning multidisciplinary team of historic environment professionals, landscape architects / managers, urban designers, planners and ecologists committed to high-quality professional work with a strong emphasis on delivering sustainable solutions.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues across the practice, developing our historic environment research, policy and assessment portfolio, providing strong, expert input to work across key services. Work would include:

  • Asset-focused conservation and management
    • Analysis of the heritage values and significance, including the contribution of setting, of a range of heritage asset types – including listed buildings, parks and gardens, conservation areas and world heritage sites, as well as non-designated heritage assets.
    • Impact assessment
      • Assessment of the impact of development proposals on the significance of heritage assets, through the heritage consents, town and country planning and EIA processes.
      • Advising clients on schemes ranging from major infrastructure to small-scale changes to heritage assets.
    • Area-based character assessment
      • Analysis of the morphology of settlements.
      • Assessment of visual and spatial qualities of an area, and how this influences character and appearance.
      • Identification of management issues and opportunities for enhancement.
    • Strategic research, guidance and policy
      • Area characterisation studies.
      • High-level analysis of the historic environment, including identification of themes, influences, constraints, and opportunities (e.g. to feed into heritage strategy and local plan evidence base).
      • Providing and producing guidance on the assessment of significance and management of the historic environment.
      • Input into local historic environment policy and guidance.
      • Developing assessment methodologies, criteria and standards for local assessments and designations.
      • Input into Environmental Statements/Environmental Impact Assessment Reports for EIA projects, as well as peer review of Environmental Statements on behalf of local authorities and third-sector clients.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in all aspects of the delivery of the projects. The individual will be actively supporting the strategy for the Planning business unit and LUC as a whole, as well as helping build the offer and reputation of the Historic Environment Team.

The role includes the opportunity to share and participate actively in the management and ownership of the business through the Employee Ownership Trust, which places full ownership of the company with the employees.

We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements for this role, including part-time working (minimum 30 hours per week) and core hours. At present, the team is split between our London, Bristol and Edinburgh offices but work across the country, so there is a degree of location flexibility.

About you

Experience and qualifications


    • Educated to degree level, or equivalent work experience, in an appropriate historic environment related discipline.
    • A sound understanding and working knowledge of the fundamentals of architectural history, historic landscape design, and the morphology of settlements.
    • A strong understanding of historic environment legislation, policy and practice across the UK, and the interface with the planning system.
    • A proportionate, methodical, analytical and consistent approach to the assessment of significance and impacts upon the historic environment and heritage assets.


    • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant subject.
    • An understanding of the factors affecting the appropriateness and success of new design in historic places and experience of contributing to design development.
    • Understanding of the EIA regulations and their application.
    • Project management skills, including basic financial analysis.
    • Understanding of the interactions of LUC’s key areas of business with the historic environment.
    • Membership or affiliation with the Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) or Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).

Personal attributes

    • Strong organisational skills.
    • Excellent communication skills and confidence in writing for a range of audiences.
    • A desire to learn, to constantly improve, to share knowledge with the team and to know when to ask for help.

Candidates must also have a full UK driving licence and be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information and APPLY ONLINE

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter, quoting reference: 2021-05 to Jennie Williamson, People & Culture Advisor at:

Closing date for applications: Friday 5 March 2021

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups. We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.

About us

LUC is an independent planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology consultancy, working across the UK and internationally.

With a track record spanning 50 years and a team of over 190 skilled professionals, we bring great depth of knowledge and experience to our work across the private and public sectors.

In order to help secure our continued independence, we have recently become a fully employee owed business after establishing an employee ownership trust (EOT). This aligns with our strong focus on people; everyone at LUC is involved in key company decisions and has a say in how we work.

Whether we are advising a commercial developer, utility company, Government agency or local authority, ours is a collaborative approach, which puts the client at the heart of the process.

We listen. We take the time to understand what drives our clients. Then we create bespoke and appropriate solutions that meet their needs and deliver the greatest value for their projects.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative thinking, which has led to a strong reputation for successfully resolving even the most complex of issues. No matter what the project, we aim to find the most sustainable solution.

We are also passionate about the legacy we leave and hope to make a real difference through the work we do.

For further details about LUC please visit our website

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