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We have one single purpose that has held good for nearly 40 years: to make great places where people belong. 

Join us now and you’ll be arriving at an incredibly exciting time as we move towards Employee Ownership.  What you will find is a friendly and supportive team shaped by our values, where you can thrive.

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

Your approach is as important as your skills. We’re eager to hear from people who have the ambition and energy to match ours, and who want to add their expertise to our highly collaborative team.

We offer excellent remuneration, but know there’s more to a great place to work than the salary. We take a flexible approach to our working day and around 20 per cent of our team enjoy flexible contracts with us.

Our people make us special and we work hard to ensure they know this, whether that’s supporting our graduates with their professional qualifications, offering sabbaticals to those who want to explore the world or offering generous benefits to our new parents – our maternity, paternity and shared parental leave all provide the same company pay.

Interested? Then find out more. We have the following vacancies:

Our new Bristol studio has had an exciting first year with some fantastic projects and a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary team. To keep pace with our continued growth, we are looking for a talented landscape architect to join us. Your approach interests us as much as your skills. How curious are you about the world? Are you an agent of change?

We have a vacancy for a creative designer with a proven track record in the successful delivery of high quality landscape and public realm projects with 5+ years’ experience. We are looking for someone who has ambition to match ours and wants to contribute their expertise to our highly collaborative and creative team. The right candidate will have an opportunity to play a key part in shaping the direction and growth of our new office and drive forward this area of our work.

You will have strong conceptual landscape and public realm design skills, technical know-how in detailed design and experience of delivery of projects on site. You will be confident working with clients, as well as multidisciplinary teams and have excellent visual and verbal communication skills, whether model making, hand sketches, presenting or Adobe Creative Suite. A working understanding of 3-D design using Rhino or similar is desirable. You should be confident and ambitious with an appetite to grow your role and contribute to business and client development at a very exciting time in our growth.

We can offer you a fantastic portfolio of projects working within a creative and friendly studio environment with great career and professional development opportunities.

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, a portfolio of reference projects that illustrate your experience and a creative piece of work such as a hand sketch which is meaningful to you explaining why.

If you would like to discuss the role before submitting your application, please contact Clare Wilks on 07375 563686.

LDA Design is looking to grow our Urban Design and Masterplanning business. It is an exciting time as we open new offices and transition towards Employee Ownership. 

The Urban Design and Masterplanning lead provides an exceptional opportunity to shape and grow our business, both nationally and regionally, with the support of an established team of urban designers, landscape architects, planners and architects – all at the top of their game.

LDA Design in Exeter has an enviable track record of some of the UK’s most exciting development and regeneration projects. Our very extensive portfolio ranges from an innovative 20-year vision for Exeter and a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury, to advice on the delivery of 6,000-home Welborne village and a masterplan for Ramenki in Moscow.

You should have experience of working in a design practice, and be able to demonstrate experience of masterplanning at a range of scales, including town centre regeneration, urban extensions and smaller scale residential developments. You will share our passion for creating great places and importantly believe in our people-first, landscape-led approach to masterplanning.

The number of years you have worked is less important to us than a natural ability to network and an entrepreneurial outlook. We also want someone to nurture and champion our people, culture and values, in particular our inclusive and collaborative approach.

Key requirements are:

  • Business development and job winning skills with particular focus on growing our business in the private sector Development and Regeneration market
  • Existing client networks, both regionally and nationally would be idea
  • An aspiration to work at the highest quality, fitting to the calibre of our portfolio
  • Experience of working in private and/or public sector on masterplanning and urban design projects
  • A desire to work in an inquisitive, open and collaborative way
  • Qualification in urban design, landscape architecture or architecture. An architectural background would be beneficial but is not essential
  • A full UK driving licence

We can offer a diverse portfolio of projects and great opportunities for professional development within a fantastic waterfront studio on Exeter Quay.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Sophie Thompson on 01392 260430.

Our London studio is looking for a technical designer proficient in the creation, management and assembly of detailed packages of works from RIBA 3 onwards.

You should have:

  • Full competency of relevant drawing methods and construction techniques;
  • Experience of value engineering whilst maintaining exemplary design standards;
  • Works on site either as a contract administrator or as a client representative;
  • Expert user of AutoCAD and/or Revit;
  • Expert user of NBS Specification and/or the writing of detailed specifications of works;
  • Experience of working alongside QS teams to achieve target cost plans;
  • Experience of working with teams to produce complicated technical detail packages;
  • Full delivery from tender to completion including defects liability period.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact our London studio on 0207 467 147.

Following the success of our new Manchester studio, LDA Design is looking to strengthen our landscape expertise in the North of England. It is an exciting time as we continue to grow the office, attract new talent and transition towards becoming an employee owned business. To keep pace and give impetus to our market leading offer, we are seeking a talented and experienced landscape architect to join our friendly and creative Manchester team.

This opening provides a unique opportunity to play a key part in shaping the direction and growth of our new office with the support of an established team of urban designers, landscape architects, planners and architects – all at the top of their game. We are seeking someone with enthusiasm for high-quality design and placemaking, as well as ambition to match LDA Design’s commitment to a landscape-led approach. You should have a proven track record in successfully delivering landscape and public realm schemes and be able to demonstrate a collaborative spirit and a high level of design skill. You should also have experience in managing projects and key packages of work.

You should be confident working with clients, as well as multidisciplinary teams, and have excellent visual and verbal communication skills. A working understanding of 3-D design using Rhino or similar is desirable. You should have an appetite to grow your role and contribute to business and client development at this very exciting time for the company.  An appreciation of local markets and a high level of ambition are of equal importance to your level of experience.

You must be:

  • Passionate about landscape design with a genuine interest in how high quality design can enhance place
  • An open and inquisitive mindset with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver great design
  • Experience in leading and delivering a diverse portfolio of landscape work, including public realm schemes
  • Experience in managing design teams with enthusiasm and aptitude
  • An appreciation of the local built environment and landscape market with an ability to drive business development for our landscape portfolio
  • A qualification in landscape architecture and practical experience within a consultancy environment
  • Excellent graphic, written and communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the appetite to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability in Adobe CS, AutoCAD, Rhino and other design packages

We can offer a diverse portfolio of projects and great opportunities for professional development within our fantastic studio within a converted mill in Manchester city centre.  We also offer a competitive salary, commensurate to experience and a wide range of staff benefits.

Interested? 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.

If you would like to discuss the role before submitting your application, please contact Mark Graham on 07375 556990. The deadline for applications is 25 November 2019.

We are looking for a talented landscape architect to join us.  How curious are you about the world?  Are you an agent of change? Your approach interests us as much as your skills. 

Our Oxford studio has a vacancy for a creative designer with strong communication skills and a proven track record in the successful delivery of high-quality landscape and public realm projects. The continuing demand for our services means we have fantastic professional opportunities for landscape designers with 5+ years’ experience, who have ambition to match ours and want to contribute their expertise to our highly collaborative and innovative team.  We offer excellent remuneration, generous company benefits including flexible working as well as exciting career potential. 

We are looking for individuals with 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, and experience of working with clients and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

We can offer you a fantastic portfolio of projects working within a creative and friendly studio environment with great career and professional development opportunities. 

If this is for you, 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 before submitting your application, please contact Justine Leach or Dafydd Warburton on 01865 887050.

We are involved in the UK’s most significant and exciting development projects, ranging from nationally significant transport, energy and infrastructure projects through to new settlements, urban regeneration and the design of internationally recognised public spaces.

We are looking for an organised, ambitious and confident planning consultant to join our busy and motivated team in Oxford.

You will need to be self-motivated, commercially-minded and have an understanding of the relationship between planning, environment, design, infrastructure and sustainability.  You should be able to combine creative thinking with robust attention to detail and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

You’ll also be a team player and have the ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues, co-consultants and clients. Being able to demonstrate project management skills would be an advantage.

You will work within a wider team to deliver an effective and professional service to a wide range of clients. Projects are hugely varied which helps to provide a diverse working environment.

You’ll share our passion for context-led planning and 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 – from new public realm to nationally significant infrastructure.

Ideally, you will have at least one years’ relevant post graduate experience of working in a consultancy or the public sector and be working towards, or recently achieved, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited status. We will provide mentoring support to those working towards RTPI status and will support you in the development of both your technical and professional skills.

Key requirements are:

  • A good knowledge of planning legislation and planning policy in the UK
  • Experience of inputting to the preparation of planning reports or strategies, planning applications and/or policy documents
  • Experience of engaging with members of the public and stakeholders
  • An ability to develop a working relationship with planning officers and consultants
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (both spoken and written)
  • Be capable of managing a challenging and varying workload
  • An ability to use GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD – experience is 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 this role before applying, please contact David Bell or Paul Connelly on 01865 887050.  Otherwise send a CV, portfolio and any relevant work you have authored to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

We are involved in the UK’s most significant and exciting development projects, ranging from nationally significant transport and energy infrastructure 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 EIA requirements, experience as an EIA coordinator and a good awareness of the planning process. You’ll also be a team player with excellent communication and organisational skills and 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 provide input into and author reports at all stages of the EIA process from EIA screening through to the preparation of Environmental Statements, as well as post submission material. There will also be opportunities to provide environmental leadership alongside our masterplanners and planners. You’ll share our passion for context-led 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 two to four years’ experience of working in a consultancy, but more junior candidates are welcomed if you can demonstrate you have relevant professional experience and skills.

You will need to:

  • Have experience of coordinating and managing EIA projects;
  • Have experience of working with clients and as part of multidisciplinary teams;
  • Have experience of managing sub-consultants; and
  • Be able to use GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD – experience of using this software is 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.

Please contact our Oxford studio on 01865 887050 for further information.

We are involved in the UK’s most significant and exciting development projects, ranging from nationally significant transport and renewable energy infrastructure to new settlements and urban regeneration.

We are looking for people with a special blend of skills to join our talented and motivated team.

You will be a landscape architect or have a background in an associated environmental discipline, and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and creative flair.  You’ll be keen to develop in both technical and professional areas, and we will support you in this endeavour.

You will be authoring and providing input to a range of studies, assessments, technical documents as well as promotional material.  You’ll share our passion for context-led 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 – from new public realm to nationally significant infrastructure.

Ideally, you will have two to four years’ experience of working in a consultancy, but more junior candidates are welcomed if you can demonstrate you have relevant professional experience and skills.

We are looking for:

  • Experience of landscape/environmental planning work including LVIA
  • Experience of working with clients and in multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of managing projects or a desire to develop the necessary skills
  • Experience of using GIS, graphics software and/or AutoCAD is 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 this role before applying, please contact Ruth Knight on 01733 310471 or Ian Houlston on 01865 887050.  Otherwise send a CV, portfolio and an example of a report/LVIA you have authored to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

If you are interested in any of the above positions, 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) for the attention of Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk 

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

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