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When you hear the news, do you long for different outcomes? Do you think the climate emergency and biodiversity loss 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 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. 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. 

Oh, and we are always happy to receive speculative applications too. Send us your CV, a brief introduction about you and what you do, and why you would want to join us, and your portfolio of recent design projects. Send these to anne.south@lda-design.co.uk and we’ll take it from there

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. We are working on some of the most transformative projects in the UK and love what we do.  

Last year, we became an employee-owned business, which means everyone at LDA has a say in how the business is run and takes responsibility for its success. Employee ownership signifies the commitment we have to our people, culture and values.

Our Manchester studio opened in 2018 and is going from strength to strength. Manchester is a city of vibrancy and growth, mirrored by our lively team located in the city’s Northern Quarter. The studio is a friendly and creative group of urban designers and landscape architects working together on some of the best regeneration, masterplanning and public realm projects in the region.

We are proud of our work to deliver a landscape-led vision for sustainable and inclusive growth across the North, from our award-winning Baltic Triangle SRF and Public Realm Strategy for Liverpool to the revamp of city centre streets and spaces in Newcastle. Our portfolio includes mixed-use riverside regeneration and town centre sites, new towns and urban extensions, as well as community-led estate regeneration. All our work is focussed on the public good.

We are keen to hear from landscape architects at all levels, from recent graduates to those with experience of shaping projects and leading teams. However, what matters most to us is the way you think and your creativity, energy and passion for landscape-led placemaking and design.

We are looking for

  • Strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Rhino and ideally Revit

And in more experienced roles …

  • Technical experience in detailed design packages through to delivery of projects on site
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams, with an appreciation of urban design and masterplanning desirable
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Chartered status with the Landscape Institute or equivalent professional body is also desirable, but not essential for all roles.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home for most of the year, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies the belief we have in our people, culture and values.

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future-proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our people make us special, and we know it. Join us now and you’ll be arriving at an exciting time as we move towards Employee Ownership. What you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our Oxford studio is looking for a Senior Landscape Architect with around 5+ years’ experience, to lead on landscape design and public realm projects. However, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and open outlook. This is a fantastic professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for

  • Strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Technical experience in detailed design packages through to delivery of projects on site
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Rhino and ideally Revit.
  • Chartered status with the Landscape Institute or equivalent professional body is also desirable.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. Join us and what you will find is a friendly and supportive team where your ability to thrive will be a priority.

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. LDA Design is united around a common purpose: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We do this through our work regenerating cities and towns, planning new settlements, creating and repurposing streets and spaces and renewing the UK’s infrastructure. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

Our Exeter and Oxford studios have a vacancy for a creative urban designer, someone with enthusiasm and strong design and communication skills. Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based in one of these studios, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on one of our international projects or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres across the UK.

The appetite for our approach and way of thinking means we have fantastic professional opportunities for a designer who has the ambition to match ours and wants to energetically contribute their expertise to our highly collaborative and creative team. We offer excellent remuneration as well as exciting career potential and the potential to work on world class projects.

We are looking for someone with a creative, open and enquiring outlook with strong conceptual urban design, landscape and masterplanning skills at both a strategic and site scale, excellent presentation and communication ability, proficiency in Adobe Suite AutoCAD and 3D software, good interpersonal skills and preferably experience of working with clients as well as multidisciplinary teams. You must have relevant qualifications and have experience of working in a strong environmental design studio.

If you are interested in joining a friendly, welcoming, supportive working environment with great opportunities to develop and explore your interests, please email your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience (5Mb max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

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 the studio. 

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Steve Dredge on 01865 887050. Otherwise please send your CV and portfolio to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk.

Landscape planning is one of the foundations upon which LDA Design has built its success and our talented and committed team of landscape and environmental planners continue to provide the technical skills and creative insight to deliver change and development that is well designed, responds positively to its local context and delivers multiple benefits to people and wildlife.

By understanding the natural, social and environmental context of change, we help clients and communities make informed decisions about what development means for the landscape and the built environment, and where to invest to achieve positive outcomes.

LDA Design provides Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, Landscape Character Assessments and Green Belt Studies. We are green infrastructure pioneers, from early work in London and the Thames Gateway to most recently a new framework for Thamesmead that uses natural networks to dramatically change the town for the better. For the Leeds City Region, we identified how to align investment in green infrastructure with ambitious plans for growth.

Our team has advised on landscape and visual matters for two new nuclear power stations, numerous onshore and offshore wind and solar array developments, and major transport infrastructure, including a national strategy to ensure Network Rail’s lineside estate delivers a wider range of environmental benefits. We have developed compelling landscape strategies for complex development and regeneration schemes ranging from small scale village extensions to garden villages and new town developments upward of 10,000 new homes. We have prepared strategies and guidelines for local authorities and protected landscapes, undertaken townscape and tall building studies and pioneered the approach to seascape assessment. 

We have been invited to join advisory groups, have led UK-wide pilots, written national guidance, and have helped shape key assessment methodologies and approaches, including for Natural England and the Landscape Institute. We provide expert witness on landscape matters.

LDA invests in training and development so that we can continue to meet the key challenges of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and transition to a zero-carbon economy.  We also work closely with specialists in ecosystems goods and services, natural capital, cultural heritage, ecology and water management to provide a holistic perspective on landscape matters.

If you share our passion to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss and to make the world a better place, join us. We are looking for a landscape architect or someone with relevant experience in practice able to display technical rigour and creative flair. You will need a sound grounding in foundational areas, such as LVIA and LCA, but you will also be encouraged to develop other areas of interest, these may include heritage landscapes, ecological design or green infrastructure planning.

You can expect to enjoy a challenging and varied role and will typically be authoring and providing input to a range of studies, guidance and technical assessments.  You will also be a team player, happy to share knowledge, collaborate and support others.

To join us as a consultant you will be a recent graduate with a passion for landscape planning.  For more senior positions, you will have two to four years’ experience working in a consultancy and be able to demonstrate:

  • A sound understanding of landscape legislation, policy and guidance, including Green Belt policy and protected landscapes.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of relevant guidance including LCA and LVIA, with experience of undertaking robust LVIAs for different types and scales of development.
  • An understanding of the landscape character assessment process and application to landscape sensitivity and capacity assessments and development of landscape strategies and guidelines.
  • A flair for the creative application of LVIA and landscape character appraisal to inform design and mitigation via an iterative process.
  • A passion for collaborative approaches to planning, assessment and design.
  • Excellent written and communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines.
  • Interest in associated discipline/area of expertise and a willingness to explore new professional areas.
  • A knowledge of and proven abilities in GIS. Experience in graphics software and/or AutoCAD is desirable but not essential.

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. We are also open to where this role is based. Our landscape planning team is predominantly located in our Oxford and Peterborough studios, but this role could suit somebody working from one of our other studios. We will provide the support and mentoring to ensure you feel part of our team, wherever you are based.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Ruth Knight on 01733 310471 or Ian Houlston on 01865 887050.  Otherwise please send your CV, portfolio and an example of a report/LVIA you have authored to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home for most of the year, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. We are now 100% employee owned, a move which signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. 

Our work has never been more critical or urgent. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future-proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

We are creating three new roles for experienced landscape architects, at Associate or Director level. We are growing an exemplary public realm and landscape residential portfolio, so you will need to know how to lead the design and delivery of significant landscape and public realm projects. These will range from busy urban environments and waterfronts to estate regeneration and parks/green space.

We are seeking people with ambition, energy and enthusiasm. The successful candidates will provide great creative leadership. They will bring business acumen and everything it takes to maintain lasting client relationships. They will be supported by a team of urban designers, landscape architects, planners and architects at the top of their game.

Although the roles are based in London, Oxford and Peterborough/Cambridge, and an understanding of regional markets is obviously beneficial, we can be flexible as to where you are personally based. Our Cambridge studio is young, having opened in 2018. 

These openings provide some unique opportunities – to play a key part in shaping the direction and growth of new studios, and provide design and business leadership as part of our more well-established studios. 

You will be enthused by the opportunity to help others to succeed and to further our inclusive and collaborative approach.    We need people with an instinctive grasp of the bigger picture and you will share our passion and determination to create inclusive places that protect the environment.

Key requirements are: 

  • An ability to provide creative leadership to our landscape and public realm team, and to projects at different scales and contexts
  • Impressive business development and work winning skills, both nationally and regionally
  • Significant experience of working in a design practice
  • Qualification in landscape architecture
  • Commitment to matching and exceeding the best work in our current portfolio
  • Experience of delivery on the ground
  • A full UK driving licence 

If you would like to discuss this role before submitting your application, please contact Sophie Thompson  on 07931 971782.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk  

We are involved in the UK’s most significant and exciting developments, ranging from nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects, 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 to join our talented and motivated team.

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 five 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.

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.

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

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk.

We have fantastic opportunity for a creative designer to join our brilliant Bristol studio. 

You will find us in the historic heart of the city. It’s a collaborative, lively and creative hub, and our team here is growing quickly. Join it and you’ll be empowering communities through local work and also working on important projects across the country. The studio takes full advantage of all that the city has to offer, and it is a great time to join.

LDA Design is employee owned, a move that signifies the commitment we have to our people, culture and values. We believe in landscape as the essential building block of place, and we are determined to make a difference. We are future proofing our high streets and towns supporting recovery; making our streets safer, cleaner, greener; connecting people to nature to improve health and wellbeing; and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We are making our voice heard on the climate and nature crises.

We are looking for a designer with strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills, excellent presentation and communication ability including 3D design skills, relevant qualifications and dependent on experience, technical competence in detailed design packages and the construction process, good interpersonal skills and experience of working with clients as well as multidisciplinary teams. We hope your ambition will match ours.

If you are interested in joining a friendly, welcoming, supportive working environment with great opportunities to develop and explore your interests, please email your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience (5Mb max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Cath Birkin 0117 203362.

This is a great time to be at LDA Design. Even though we have all been working from home over recent months, we have never been closer; and our belief in each other and in the brilliance of the collective has never been stronger. 

We are looking for a talented landscape architect to join our team in either our Cambridge or Peterborough studios. We have a vacancy for a designer with up to three years’ experience who is committed to collaborative working and has the desire to make a difference.

Our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might be working on our international projects such as the urban vision for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad or designing major public realm projects in London and reimagining town centres and high streets across the East of England, and beyond.

The Peterborough and Cambridge studios are located in historic neighbourhoods, providing stunning environments to work in two of the country’s fastest growing cities set in the heart of rural east England. Sustainability and design are at the heart of their identities and LDA Design has led on the post-Covid reimagining of urban spaces in these two great cities.

Your approach is as important as your skills. We’re eager to hear from people who have creative ambition and are keen to shape our studio culture.

Key requirements are:

  • Passionate about the built environment with a genuine interest in how places change and develop
  • A flair for design, alongside technical robustness
  • Enthusiasm for collaborative working, confidence, and good communication skills
  • Exceptional at designing at different scales, from a bespoke park bench to a new urban quarter
  • A qualification in landscape architecture and practical experience within a consultancy environment
  • Excellent graphic communication skills with an ability to produce illustrated renders
  • Demonstrated ability in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and 3-D design packages (with a preference for Rhino and Revit)
  • Desire to progress to managing projects independently
  • Interest in planting design
  • Full UK Driving licence

You would join a successful, supportive team with people from diverse creative backgrounds. We can offer a highly varied and exciting portfolio of projects, ranging from public realm strategies that tackle the impact of Covid to the implementation of green infrastructure helping to solve issues relating to the climate emergency.

For your professional and career development, we support our staff through a mentoring system helping you to achieve your personal goals. We can also offer mentorship to help you to gain Chartership with the Landscape Institute

Interested? If this is for you, please email (5Mb max) Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk with your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself, and a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience.

LDA Design is united around a common purpose: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. We do this through our work regenerating cities and towns, planning new settlements, creating and repurposing streets and spaces and renewing the UK’s infrastructure. Fundamental to this is addressing the climate and nature crises. We have an enviable record working on some of the UK’s most exciting development and regeneration projects and believe in landscape as the essential building block of place.

Since we opened our new office in Cambridge, the team there has been responsible for transformational work including the redesign of the City’s Market Square, Cambridge Science Park and the New Museums Site in the city centre. Our landscape framework for the University of Cambridge’s multi-award-winning scheme at Eddington continues to set the standard for design quality in new sites across the region.

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 grow our Cambridge studio and deliver for our clients and communities everywhere.

Whilst we’re looking for someone to be based from Cambridge, our one business model means we work as one team from eight studios around the UK. So, you might work on an international project or masterplanning new settlements and reimagining town centres and high streets across the East of England, and beyond.

Our people make us special and we know it. We are now a 100% employee-owned practice, a move that signifies our belief in our people, culture and values. Join us and what you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority.

Our Cambridge studio is looking for an Urban Designer with around 5+ years’ experience, to lead on masterplanning projects. However, the number of years you have worked is less important to us than your skills and a creative and open outlook. This is a fantastic professional opportunity for someone with ambition, who wants to contribute their expertise to our friendly, collaborative and creative team. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with strong design skills, energy and enthusiasm for their work.

We are looking for:

  • Strong conceptual landscape and masterplanning design skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Experience of working with clients and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of engagement and collaborative working on design projects
  • Good experience with all RIBA stages, project running, team leading, and consultant liaison
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite and AutoCAD
  • Chartered status with a Built Environment professional body is also desirable

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

If you would like to find out more and discuss the roles available, please contact Tom Perry, our Cambridge studio lead, on 07932344811. 

These days, planning is rarely out of the news. As we seek to build the future we want and need, planning has a critical role. It remains our best hope to direct growth to the right places, lead decarbonisation, and put nature first. It needs determined people who are fired up to ensure that planning responds, protects and enhances with imagination and purpose.

Our team of planners balance strong planning leadership with creative thinking. They see the bigger picture to ensure plans are deliverable, creating places where people belong, where it is easy to live a healthy life and where there is close contact with nature.

There’s a huge appetite for our distinctive approach and we are looking to grow our team. We are looking for planners who have experience of leading complex, multi-disciplinary projects through the planning process. The number of years you have worked is less important to us than a creative and collaborative approach. 

Ideally you will have experience of generating new work through both successful tendering and by forming effective relationships through networking and business development. For us, 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.  

Join LDA Design now and you’ll be arriving at an exciting time as we move forward as a 100% employee-owned business. You will find a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where your ability to thrive will be our priority. Our people make us special and we offer excellent remuneration and a strong benefits package.

You should have:

  • Excellent understanding of the UK Planning System  
  • A track record of preparing, co-ordinating and submitting complex planning applications and promoting development proposals through the local plan and other statutory procedures
  • Work winning skills with a network of contacts preferable
  • Experience of engaging with key public sector stakeholders and in particular  London Boroughs and the GLA
  • Experience of acting on behalf of private sector developers in a variety of contexts in the UK, including urban regeneration, urban extensions and new settlements, and infrastructure projects
  • A track record of managing multi-disciplinary projects
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Degree qualification and MRTPI accreditation

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Martin Herbert on 078317 70504. 

If you are interested, please email your CV, a brief introduction to who you are and why you do what you do and a portfolio showcasing some of your best work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk  

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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