ARUP: Senior Built Heritage Specialist

Competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector
Location: London

Our Historic Environment team are looking for an experienced, dynamic built heritage specialist to help in supporting the development of the built heritage business in our Planning South region, based in London, but working throughout the UK.

The established Historic Environment team sits within our Environment team and comprises 9 consultants in London and 5 in the Midlands Campus.  We are keen to build on their successes and continue to grow the team and the direction of the built heritage business, so this is an opportunity to really drive this expansion. We have contributed to a number of high profile projects including HS1, HS2, Crossrail, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Grand Hotel Birmingham and St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Working in the Environmental Consulting Business within the Historic Environment team as a built heritage specialist you will have the ability to work on large and complex projects and manage Client contacts and supporting the management of the other teams within Arup.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with good communication and people skills.  Your role covers management of change within the historic built environment, combining technical expertise and built heritage knowledge.  Your role will be focused on supporting and delivering built heritage inputs for internal and external clients within a wide range of project sectors including planning, structural engineering, geotechnics, energy performance, property, transport and cities.

Your role will require supporting and leading on assessments, design advice and consent applications. The role will require the ability to input into Statements of Significance, Heritage Impact Assessments, Conservation Management Plans, Conservation Area Assessments, Environmental Statements, Urban Renewal Strategies and alongside more complex construction projects in the UK and internationally.

The role will require minimal supervision. Your line manager will be the Built Heritage Lead.  You should have experience of managing your own case load, understanding budgets and dealing with a range of clients.

The role will require drawing on your knowledge of the theory and application of current and developing conservation practices and architectural history and its application in managing and developing historic assets in the UK.  You should also have an interest in Environmental Impact Assessments and an understanding of what this involves.

Requirements and skills
Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Full member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation or working towards full membership (or similar);
  • Established track-record of delivering public or private heritage focused projects in the UK;
  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience working with the UK planning process (including EIA) and awareness of the relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance;
  • Considerable post graduate experience of delivering Listed Building Applications and associated reports;
  • Writing Heritage Statements and undertaking built heritage assessments;
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills; and
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.


  • A good first degree in History, Archaeology, Architectural History, Conservation of the Historic Environment or related discipline such as architecture, planning or surveying; and
  • Relevant Masters degree or higher qualification in the Historic Built Environment, eg Building Conservation, Architectural History, Conservation Management, Buildings Archaeology or similar.

Desirable skills and knowledge:

  • Strong technical knowledge and skills;
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a range of clients and peers in the industry;
  • Providing technical expertise for complex, larger projects; and
  • Understanding of engagement in development projects and experience of organising and managing community and stakeholder consultation.

Rewards and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Different people, shared values
At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks – BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women – provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference – discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role. 

What happens next?
If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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