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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? Do you have ideas for making the world a better place? 

We do, too. 

We are a hopeful, ambitious and sociable 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 always want to do more. 

We believe in the power and brilliance of the collective, and in solving 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 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. 

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.

LDA Design is looking to grow our Urban Design and Masterplanning team.

We have an enviable record working on some of the UK’s most exciting development and regeneration projects, with a growing portfolio ranging from the regeneration of the UK’s cities, including transformational schemes from Aberdeen to London, via Exeter. 

We are active in some of the UK’s most vibrant neighbourhoods including the Baltic Triangle and Ancoats, Liverpool and Manchester’s coolest districts, as well as leading the transformation of challenged civic space Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester and significant regeneration projects in London such as the Carpenters Estate and Thamesmead. We are looking for candidates who share our passion for creating great places and importantly believe in our people-first, landscape-led approach to masterplanning.

You will likely have 3-4 years’ experience, but the number of years you have worked is less important to us than an open, creative and entrepreneurial outlook. You should have experience of working in a leading design practice, and be able to demonstrate experience of masterplanning at a range of scales, including city visions, town centre regeneration, urban extensions and smaller scale residential developments. Ideally you will have experience and the confidence to lead the design process, liaising with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver to deadlines and budgets.

You should have:

  • Experience of working with private and public sectors in a variety of contexts in the UK, including urban regeneration, urban extensions and new settlements
  • Experience in urban design and masterplanning at a range of scales with experience of urban housing projects
  • Experience in project management and job winning  
  • Excellent understanding of the UK Planning System and a track record of submitting outline applications
  • Excellent graphic design skills with fluency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite and 3D Design modelling
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Background in architecture, landscape architecture or planning, masters qualification in urban design preferable

We’re looking to recruit into our Manchester or London studios, but our new collaborative way of working means we are open to where you are based. We’re keen to hear from people across the North and South East, so don’t let where you live stop you from applying.

If you’re interested but want to find out more, please call Mark Graham on 07375 556990. Otherwise, please email your CV, a brief statement introducing yourself and a portfolio of projects that illustrate our experience and personal design work (5MB max) to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk

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 towards Employee Ownership. 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  

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. Our transition towards Employee Ownership signifies the commitment we have to 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 Bristol, 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 Bristol and Cambridge studios are both 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  

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. Our transition towards Employee Ownership signifies the commitment we have to our people, culture and values. 

Our work has never been more critical or urgent, either. 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.

As part of our strategic plan, we are seeking an experienced planner or masterplanner to strengthen creative and business development leadership across the East of England Region, working with our Cambridge and Peterborough studios. We can be flexible as to where you are personally based. We are looking for someone who can build on our distinctive culture and reputation.

Our portfolio of major public and private sector clients in this area is growing, and we have deepening relationships with some of the UKs leading master developers and strategic land promotors. We want to hear from people with the energy and enthusiasm to play an active role in shaping LDA Design through their ability to lead creatively, develop new business, forge lasting client relationships and to achieve our growth objectives.

They will be supported by a team of urban designers, landscape architects, planners and architects at the top of their game.

You should have experience of working in a design practice and be able to lead complex and high profile development projects at a range of scales, including town centre regeneration, new settlements, urban extensions and smaller scale residential developments. You may be a development professional with a strong track record and established client relationships, or someone seeking to move to the next stage of their career in a dynamic organisation.

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. You will be enthused by the opportunity to help others to succeed and further our inclusive and collaborative approach.   

Key requirements are: 

  • Impressive business development and work winning skills with a focus on the private sector development and regeneration market across the East of England
  • An ability to provide creative leadership to our teams in Peterborough and Cambridge 
  • Significant experience of working in private and/or public sector providing planning, masterplanning or urban design services for strategic development clients
  • A qualification in a relevant area of expertise
  • Commitment to matching and exceeding the best work in our current portfolio
  • A full UK driving licence 

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Mark Williams on 07793 803701. 

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. Our transition towards Employee Ownership signifies the commitment we have to our people, culture and values. 

Our work has never been more critical or urgent, either. 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.

As a part of our strategic plan, we are seeking an experienced planner or masterplanner to strengthen creative and business development leadership across the south west working with our Bristol and Exeter studios.

The opportunity builds on the success of our Bristol ‘start up’ and the successful partnership that studio has with our established team in Exeter. We are looking for someone who can build on our distinctive culture and reputation and join us on the next stage of our journey. We want to hear from people with the energy and enthusiasm to place an active role in shaping LDA Design through their ability to lead creatively develop new business, forge lasting client relationships and to achieve our growth objectives.

LDA Design in Exeter has been established over 20 years and leads some of the practice’s biggest and most complex development and regeneration projects, including city centre regeneration, new settlements and cutting edge development concepts.

Our Bristol Studio was established in 2018 and is comprised of a creative team of masterplanners, planners and landscape architects. We can be flexible as to where you are personally based.

You should have experience of working in a design practice and demonstrate an ability to lead development projects at a range of scales, including town centre regeneration, new settlements, urban extensions and smaller scale residential developments. You may be an established development professional with a strong track record and established client relationships or someone seeking to move to the next stage of their career in a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation.

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. You will be enthused by the opportunity to help others to succeed and further 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.
  • An ability to provide creative leadership to our development and regeneration projects across different project scales and contexts.
  • An aspiration to work at the highest quality, befitting the calibre of our portfolio.
  • Experience of working in private and/or public sector providing planning, masterplanning or urban design services.
  • A desire to work in an inquisitive, open and collaborative way.
  • A qualification in a relevant area of expertise.
  • A full UK driving licence

If you would like to discuss this role, please contact Mark Williams on  0779 3803201.

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 looking for someone with excellent AutoCAD skills to join our talented and motivated team in Peterborough. You do not need to have a background in landscape architecture, but we are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in developing skills in 3D modelling and the preparation of visualisations using a variety of software applications.

We are involved in the UK’s most exciting development projects, ranging from nationally significant transport infrastructure and renewable energy development to new settlements and urban regeneration. For many of these projects we produce technical drawings and visualisations to accurately represent the proposals. In particular, our track record in producing visualisations that will withstand the rigour of the appeal process is excellent. You can expect to enjoy a challenging and varied role and will typically divide your time between creating 3D models, preparing visualisations and assisting with plan production.

You will need to take pride in your attention to detail and be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent 2D AutoCAD skills
  • An interest in preparing visualisations for a range of types of development
  • Good communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines

A knowledge of and demonstrable abilities using AutoCAD (in 3d), SketchUp, Rhino, 3ds Max and Photoshop would be desirable but not essential. Additionally, experience of using Revit and ArcGIS Desktop could be of interest.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Ruth Knight or Charlie Mitchell on 01733 310471.  Otherwise please send your CV and portfolio to Anne South at recruitment@lda-design.co.uk.

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

We are looking for someone with a special blend of skills combining landscape architecture with assessment and green infrastructure planning to join our talented and motivated team.

You will be a landscape architect or be able to display relevant experience in practice and have 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 can expect to enjoy a challenging and varied role and will typically divide your time between authoring and providing input to a range of studies, assessments, technical documents, site work, and creative collaboration as part of our exciting team culture. You’ll share our passion for context-led design and will be expected to apply your understanding of landscape to 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.

You will have two to four years’ experience working in a consultancy and be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of landscape planning work including LVIA, Landscape assessment and capacity studies
  • An interest in context led green infrastructure and environmental design and management
  • Good written skills
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people at all levels and across multiple disciplines

A knowledge of and demonstrable abilities in GIS, 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 in Oxford and Peterborough, but this role could suit somebody working from one of our other studios or looking for a home-based role. 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.

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

No recruitment agencies, please. Thank you.

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