Site Based Architect


Site Based Architect

Site Based Architect

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 finest buildings from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design.

One of Purcell’s current key projects is Manchester Town Hall. Manchester Town Hall (1868‐77) in Albert Square is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of Neo‐Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom and is one of the most important Grade One listed buildings in England. The Town Hall is a Grade I listed building – meaning that it is considered to be of exceptional architectural interest and national importance. Only 2.5 per cent of England's listed buildings are classified as Grade I.

Purcell are looking to recruit proactive architect to be based in the Purcell Manchester studio and on site. Our benefits include agile and flexible working (minimum of 3 days in studio/ on site, with up to 2 days working from home), with core working hours of 10am‐4pm, a bonus scheme and many more benefits, including bike2work scheme. We provide a strong culture of growth with many opportunities for training and development.

The role is to primarily to work on the prestigious Manchester Town Hall Project which Purcell commenced design work on in 2017 and is currently on site with the refurbishment works due to be complete in 2024 . The Purcell team are currently closing out RIBA Stage 4 deliverables whilst some aspects are at RIBA Stage 5, Construction. Works are progressing to the external façade, chimneys, roof and lower floors.


 Learn, apply, share the core expertise and specialisms of Purcell

 Working closely with our existing core team for ongoing projects

 Assist in the production of 2D and 3D drawings and models

 Contribute to developing concept, schematic, and detail design packages

 Attend site surveys and visits

 Preparation of high-quality presentation documents

Skills, Knowledge, Experience (Expectations)

 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in architectural studies

 An interest in contemporary and traditional design in complex historic contexts

 Proficiency in 2D drafting such as AutoCAD, 3D modelling in Sketchup and in Photoshop

and/or other graphic presentation software

 Design capabilities including good hand-drawing and sketching skills

 Good presentation skills (Visual, written & spoken) and contribution to high quality


 Understanding of industry technical standards and statutory requirements

 Experience using BIM software (REVIT) is essential

 Proactive ‘can do’ attitude

 Conceptual design thinker, with ability to graphically represent conceptual thinking

Manchester Town Hall: RIBA Stage 5

 Ability to manage self, work under pressure, and to meet deadlines

 Personable, confident and with a strong sense of team spirit.

Please state which role you are applying for in your cover letter.

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.

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