Heritage Consultant (6 month FTC)

Bristol, Oxford

Heritage Consultant (6 month FTC)


Job Summary

We are looking for a Heritage Consultant to join our growing team in the West of England. You could be based either in either our Bristol studio (preferred) or our Oxford studio. This is initially for a 6-month period, but we will consider extending this for the right candidate.

This is an exciting opportunity to grow your skill set due to the wide range of work we undertake. You will be part of an integrated team of architects and heritage consultants contributing to the successful management and conservation of important heritage assets in the west of England and further afield. We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual who can produce reliable and authoritative advice on historic buildings and other heritage assets. We offer flexible working conditions, with the potential to work at home for two days per week.

Reporting to the HC Team West Lead, you will work as part of the regional team as well as the wider practice. You will be able to take responsibility for the successful management and efficient delivery of your project work. You will provide heritage advice and guidance, undertake research and assessment of buildings and sites within the historic environment, and compose and contribute to various reports such as Conservation Management Plans, Historic Buildings Appraisals and Impact Assessments.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are vital, as is the ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances. A can-do attitude and an ability to engage creatively and originally in all aspects of the job are essential. Contributing to the practice and the promotion of good heritage conservation will extend beyond project work.

Purcell is an award-winning architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a strong commitment to quality. We have staff of approximately 250 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Together, we work on some of the nation’s most significant historic buildings and places. We advise a wide range of clients including local authorities, universities, schools, cultural institutions, third-sector organisations, commercial clients and private owners.

Skills Base


  • A skills base/ degree in Planning, Urban Design, Conservation, Heritage Management or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience within the heritage and development sector.
  • Demonstrable experience of archival and desk-based research, on-site built fabric analysis and producing well-written reports.
  • Experience of providing heritage advice.
  • Working knowledge of current English heritage legislation, policy and guidance.
  • A collaborative and flexible approach to working.
  • Willingness to travel to sites and to other Purcell offices independently.

Highly desirable:

  • Experience of managing your own workload and running multiple simultaneous projects.
  • A Postgraduate qualification in Planning, Urban Design, Conservation, Heritage Management or other relevant field
  • Membership(s) of professional institutions, such as the IHBC, or working towards a professional membership.
  • A UK driving license.
  • Experience of preparing tenders and fee proposals.

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

Please submit a copy of your CV and a couple of examples of written work using the form below. An indication of your salary expectations would also be helpful.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of your original application, then you have been unsuccessful. Please continue to look at our vacancies and apply where relevant. We wish you all the best in your job search.

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