Back to Job Search

Assistant/ Urban Designer

  • Location: Norfolk
  • Salary: £0 per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted about 1 year ago

  • Sector: Architecture, Construction
  • Contact: Lou Maskell
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01179221441
  • Expiry Date: 13 June 2023
  • Job Ref: 396453LML
Stantec is a professional services firm. Our team of 25,000 global experts provides engineering, architecture, environmental, and project management services across all phases of the project life cycle. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

From large-scale developments to challenging neighbourhood projects, we stretch across our global network to learn from others, offer our support, and gain new experiences along the way. So while we work to help the communities around us thrive, our own people thrive too. At Stantec, we are committed to supporting, fostering, and investing in our employees’ successes. We are leaders in our field for investment in staff development, apprentice programmes, STEM initiatives, and the progression of future business leaders. We create exciting opportunities for the development of our staff and, as one of our employees, you’ll be able to maintain and develop your skills, learn and adapt to change, and identify opportunities for growth within our global career framework.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, talented and creative Urban Designer (Masterplan led) or Senior Urban Designer to join the Masterplanning team to work on medium and large scale residential and mixed-use development masterplans and layouts for UK projects. The team’s clients include landowners, bespoke local developers, Registered Providers and national house builders, providing an enviable and loyal client list. Projects are typically those considered by clients to be more complex and challenging, needing the expertise and approach that we can offer. This includes residential and commercial schemes, mixed use masterplans and layouts, new settlements, extensions to existing towns, infrastructure-led new communities, regeneration, and community-led development proposals. The successful candidate will be design orientated, have proven experience of working on UK residential schemes, masterplanning, layout and detailing housing developments in the UK, excellent business development and technical skills and strong team capability.

To have an impact in the role you will:
• Work on UK projects (predominantly for national housebuilders and land promoters) supporting with planning applications and masterplans for new communities formed through mixed use and housing-led developments of between 200 and 10,000 dwellings
• Conduct site, context and character appraisals to inform the design for new developments
• Develop exciting and deliverable visions for new settlements and extensions to existing towns
• Work up masterplan drawings, design strategies and detailed illustrations to support design principles
• Produce indicative layouts for either parts of or whole developments
• Produce urban design concepts supported by well-considered design rationales that take account of technical constraints
• Colour drawings by hand or using design software
• Support the production/testing of concepts for the arrangement of land uses on site
• Support the production of comprehensive design and access statements comprising of written and graphic outputs, taking responsibility for and delivering information packages including reports
• Assist the team to produce comprehensive Design Codes
• Overall responsibility for day-to-day running of jobs, including liaising with colleagues and briefing and mentoring junior team members
• Work alongside local communities and other stakeholders through collaborative design workshops and public exhibitions
• Support the generation of new client work, have an interest in networking opportunities and a willingness to develop good business development skills
• Assist to raise the teams profile and expand its client base
• Liaise with other technical professionals to ensure technical deliverability of projects
• Produce outstanding work to a specific brief and within tight deadlines and
• Contribute to the design process through creative thinking and concept development.

To succeed in the role, it is likely that you will have:
• Experience of working on large scale UK residential and mixed use development masterplans, including new settlements and urban extensions in an Urban Design or Masterplanning role
• Either an MA or Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design and a genuine enthusiasm for creating new high quality and sustainable communities
• Experience within an Urban Design or Masterplanning role in a consultancy environment
• The ability to manage projects and coordinate the production of Design and Access Statements
• A good attention to detail, strategic in approach with the ability to see the bigger picture
• Present to a variety of audiences, including clients and large external mutli-disciplinary consultancy teams
• Excellent communication skills, written and oral
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup and Microsoft Packages
• The ability to produce high quality hand drawings
• The ability to coordinate large amounts of technical information
• Excellent team working skills, with the ability to lead workshops and develop consensus amongst multiple stakeholder groups
• The ability to work independently, managing your own time and workload to meet deadlines.

We believe that it is our people and their individual talents that make us special. We work within a friendly, inclusive, and supportive culture and one of high support and high challenge, where we are not afraid to take on new and greater responsibilities and are each individually encouraged to grow and flourish both personally and professionally, with genuine career opportunities based on merit. We create a working environment that offers flexibility, adopting a hybrid approach to agile working and offer a wide range of benefits.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our growing team and in return our commitment is to engage and develop potential and reward contribution and performance. If you would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity and have the required skills and experience, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please apply via our website with a CV and covering letter to include details on your availability to start the position should you be successful and information on your current reward package. If you require any further information, please contact Ruth Hoggett (

In applying for this opportunity, you will be required to provide us with certain personal details so that we can progress your application. Prior to providing your personal details please review our Candidate Privacy Notice which is available on our website which explains how and why your personal details will be used and for how long they will be retained by us. If you apply for an opportunity with us and provide us with your personal details, we are entitled to assume that you have read this candidate privacy notice and accept its terms.

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. At Stantec we are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is accessible to all. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process then please inform a member of our Talent Acquisition team