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When you hear the news, do you long for different outcomes? Do you think the climate emergency, biodiversity loss and social inequalities are today’s most pressing issues? Do you think most new UK housing developments lack personality and a sense of place? Do you want communities to have more of a say in shaping where they live? We do, too. 

We are a hopeful, ambitious and 100% employee-owned practice made up of designers and planners, dreamers and doers. We have one single purpose that has held good for more than 40 years: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. 

We connect people and place through landscape, and there is an increasing appetite for our strategic thinking and the way we approach projects, from masterplanning new settlements to estate regeneration, from creating healthier streets to supporting the growth of renewable energy.  This appetite means we are growing fast, which is opening up a number of great opportunities to get involved.  

We believe people can achieve remarkable things when they collaborate. Together, we solve problems through new and creative thinking. Ours is a design culture which values rigour and delivery as much as innovation and imagination. We are looking for leaders who care deeply about helping others to succeed. 

Join us now and you’ll be arriving as we move forward as an employee-owned practice, confident that we are making a difference. Find out more about what employee ownership means to us here and read our Charter, which encapsulates the truths we try to live up to each and every day. Join us and you will discover a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.  

We work as one team from eight studios around the UK, in London, Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Peterborough. Each studio has its own personality formed by the people and place. All are great spaces within which to learn and develop.

Our people make us special and we know it. We offer excellent remuneration but understand there’s more to a great place to work than the salary. We have a strong benefits package, and are flexible about where you work and hours of work. Lots of our team (around 20 per cent) have flexible contracts, and we are especially keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

We show our love in many ways from support in gaining professional qualifications to sabbaticals to an enhanced pension scheme. Our maternity, paternity and shared parental leave all provide the same company pay.

Interested? Then, read on. You might be exactly who we are looking for. 

We are always happy to receive speculative applications too. So, send your CV, a brief introduction about what you do and why you would want to join us, and your portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) plus a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice to recruitment@lda-design.co.uk and we’ll take it from there.

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LDA Design is involved in some of the UK’s most significant and exciting developments, ranging from nationally significant infrastructure projects and large-scale energy developments, through to new settlements, urban regeneration and the design of internationally recognised public spaces.

We are looking for someone with a special blend of skills who is passionate about delivering better outcomes for both our projects and the environment. You will join a great team and be empowered to drive forward change in the early stages of project through inception and the design process to deliver better environmental outcomes. 

You will have an excellent understanding of the EIA requirements and experience of leading EIA projects as well as a good awareness of the planning system. You’ll be a team player and be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and have the ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues, co-consultants and clients. It is advantageous to have project management skills too. We will support you in the development of both your technical and professional skills.

You will be leading EIA projects as well as providing input into and authoring reports at all stages of the EIA process from EIA screening through to the preparation of Environmental Statements. There will also be opportunities to provide environmental leadership, assist our masterplanners and planners, on non-EIA projects. You’ll share our passion for landscape-led and context responsive design and will be expected to apply your understanding of a range of social and environmental drivers to achieving well planned and designed developments at all scales.

Ideally, you will have a minimum of three years’ experience of working in a consultancy.

You will need to have:

  • Experience of leading and coordinating EIA projects
  • Experience of working with clients and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of managing sub-consultants
  • Experience of GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD is also desirable

You will ideally be located within reasonable commuting distance of our Oxford, Manchester, Bristol or Exeter studios for this hybrid-working role.

This is a full-time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider part-time applications. We are especially keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Rob Pile on 07734 961487.

If you are interested, please email recruitment@lda-design.co.uk your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do, an overview/list of the projects that you have led (5MB max) and a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice.

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We are expanding our Planning Service, building on our excellent two-decade track record in nationally significant infrastructure projects and consenting of renewable energy schemes. We seek people who are values driven and approach the planning profession in a distinctive way that balances strong leadership with creative thinking. By seeing the bigger picture, we can solve problems and can ensure that what is deliverable is lasting and sustainable. There is an appetite for our approach and way of thinking, and our combination of skills. We are looking for the best minds to help us have a positive impact and deliver for our clients. 

We are looking for experienced infrastructure planners who can lead complex, multi-disciplinary projects through the NSIP, DNS and TCPA planning processes. The number of years you have worked is less important to us than a creative and collaborative approach to infrastructure planning, although you will likely have five-eight years of post-chartership experience. Ideally, you will have experience of generating new work through both successful tendering and forming effective relationships by dedicated networking and business development. For us big ideas are key, and as well as having a keen commercial awareness of the development process, we are looking for innovative thinkers who share our passion for creating great places and shaping the world around us for the better  

We are looking for a motivated Associate who can lead some of our most complex projects across the UK. We offer competitive salaries, reflective of experience but we also understand there are other important elements that make a place great to work in. We have a great benefits package and are flexible about where you work and hours of work.

You should have:

  • Excellent understanding of infrastructure planning and the broader UK planning system with thorough knowledge of the relevant procedures for NSIPs
  • Experience of appraising issues, risks and opportunities to inform early project development, pre-application engagement and consultation, preparing documents, co-ordinating and submitting complex infrastructure planning applications under the relevant DCO, DNS, Electricity Act and Town & Country Planning   
  • Experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and the inter-relationships between EIA and the relevant infrastructure planning regimes would be desirable.
  • Experience of engaging with key infrastructure planning stakeholders and consultees, and representing developers in a variety of contexts including public meetings and consultation events
  • A collaborative nature with a track record of managing complex infrastructure projects and multi-disciplinary teams
  • An interest in business development and a network of contacts an advantage
  • Personable approach, a team player with excellent spoken and written communication skills and an eye for detail
  • Degree qualification and MRTPI accreditation
  • Appreciation of the strength of integrating planning, master planning, landscape, and environmental services in driving sustainable development outcomes and the successful promotion of development proposals

We work as one team from eight studios around the UK, in London, Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Peterborough. Each studio has its own personality formed by the people and place. All are great spaces within which to learn and develop.

If you are interested, please email recruitment@lda-design.co.uk your CV and a covering letter introducing who you are, why you do what you do, and why you want to join LDA Design, plus a list of recent projects and a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice.  

We are open to considering flexible working and are especially keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

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LDA Design has established a reputation for providing creative leadership on the UK’s most exciting large-scale infrastructure projects, ranging from nationally significant transport infrastructure and renewable energy development to much needed reservoirs. Our success in this area, built over the last two decades, enables us to grow and strengthen our team.

We are looking for talented and motivated professionals from Associates to Project Consultants, who can lead and support the planning and design of complex infrastructure projects with expertise and experience across pre-planning, post planning and pre-delivery stages.

You will share our values and have a passion for context-led design, applying strong leadership alongside creative landscape-scale thinking. This will be underpinned by an understanding of a range of social, environmental, and economic drivers, and appreciation of the strength of landscape, and ecosystem services in driving sustainable development outcomes.

The number of years you have worked is less important to us than a creative and collaborative approach to infrastructure planning and design. If you are in, or looking to move into a senior role, you will have a thorough knowledge of the consenting regimes, demonstrate an ability to lead/ coordinate large multi-disciplinary teams, and have experience of generating new work through both successful tendering and forming effective relationships by dedicated networking and business development.

You would join a successful, supportive team, predominantly based in our studios in Oxford, Peterborough and Bristol and drawn from diverse, creative backgrounds. For your professional and career development, we support our employee owners through mentoring, helping you to achieve your personal goals.

This is a great time to join us. We are a 100% employee-owned practice with firm beliefs in the power of landscape and in the brilliance of the collective. Being employee-owned means everyone at LDA Design has a say in how the business is run and takes responsibility for its success.

We’re looking for:

  • A background in and excitement for large scale infrastructure projects
  • Degree qualification (Landscape Architecture) and relevant professional accreditation (or working towards), and practical experience within a consultancy environment
  • An understanding of infrastructure planning, design and delivery and a knowledge of the relevant procedures and consenting regimes for NSIPs (DCO, DNS, Electricity Act and Town & Country Planning)
  • Experience working within (and at a senior level leading/ coordinating) multi-disciplinary teams to engage positively in the collaborative, creative design process with a focus on outcomes
  • Experience of appraising issues, risks and opportunities to inform early project design development, pre-application engagement and consultation, preparing/ supporting Project Narratives and Design Principles, and applying Good Design throughout the process
  • Experience of engaging with key infrastructure planning stakeholders and consultees and representing clients in a variety of contexts including public meetings and consultation events

If you are interested, please email recruitment@lda-design.co.uk your CV and a covering letter introducing who you are, why you do what you do, and why you want to join LDA Design, plus a list of recent projects and a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice.

We are open to considering flexible working and are especially keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

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LDA Design has an established reputation for providing creative leadership on some of the UK’s most challenging large-scale infrastructure and development projects, ranging from nationally significant transport and renewable energy infrastructure developments to new towns and strategic growth plans.

We are looking for talented and motivated landscape professionals, who can support our team to deliver an expanding portfolio of exciting new projects.

You will share our values, have a passion for context-led design, and experience of undertaking technically robust landscape and visual impact assessments. This will be underpinned by an understanding of key assessment methodologies, notably the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

You will have excellent written, presentation and communication skills to input to Design and Access Statements and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, reports and supporting plans and illustrations. You’ll be keen to develop your skills even further, in both technical and professional areas, and will receive support and guidance from some of the UK’s leading practitioners.

The number of years you have worked is less important to us than your proven ability in LVIA and your creative and collaborative approach to planning and design. Skills in GIS, and a broad understanding of the UK planning system are desirable but not essential.

You would join a successful, supportive team, predominantly based in our studios in Oxford, Peterborough and Bristol. For your professional and career development, we support our employee owners through mentoring helping you to achieve your personal goals. 

This is a great time to join us. We are a 100% employee-owned practice with firm beliefs in the power of landscape and in the brilliance of the collective. Being employee-owned means everyone at LDA Design has a say in how the business is run and takes responsibility for its success.

Ideally, you will be at the Senior or Principal level and have experience of working in a consultancy, but applicants from other professional backgrounds are welcome if you can demonstrate you have relevant professional experience and skills.

We are looking for:

  • Degree qualification (Landscape Architecture) and relevant professional accreditation (or working towards), and practical experience within a consultancy environment
  • Experience of landscape planning work including LVIA
  • Experience of working with clients and in multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience and/or a desire to develop project management skills
  • Experience of using GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD is desirable

If you are interested, please email recruitment@lda-design.co.uk with your CV and a portfolio with recent project examples.  Please include a covering letter introducing who you are, why you do what you do, and why you want to join LDA Design, and a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice.

We are open to considering flexible working and are especially keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

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We are looking for someone with excellent digital visualisation skills to join our talented team.

We are a 100% employee-owned practice, which signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. We are working on some of the UK’s most exciting projects, from nationally significant transport infrastructure and renewable energy to new settlements and urban regeneration. We have an excellent track record in visualisations that withstand the rigour of the appeal process.

You can expect to enjoy a varied role, in a friendly and supportive team. You will need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent 3D modelling skills
  • Ability to prepare visualisations for different types of development from site verified mass modelling to photorealistic rendering using a variety of software applications
  • Skills in document production using Adobe Creative Suite or similar
  • Good communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines

Strong capability with a variety of 2D and 3D modelling applications is essential, including Photoshop, 3ds Max (including V-Ray) and Revit.

Experience of using AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketchup and ArcGIS Pro is desirable but not essential.

You do not need a background in landscape architecture or urban design/ masterplanning.

This is a full-time post. However, please talk to us if you would like to work flexibly and we will also consider job share/part-time arrangements. Our landscape and visuals impact assessment (LVIA) visualisations team are predominantly in Oxford and Peterborough and they are splitting their time between home and studio. We are keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Steve Dredge 01865 887050. 

Interested? Please email recruitment@lda-design.co.uk your CV and a covering letter introducing who you are, why you do what you do, and why you want to join LDA Design, plus your portfolio (no more than 5MB) and a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy notice.  

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When applying, please state which role and studio you are applying for and confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.

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