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Head of Design

  • Location: Salford
  • Salary: £55k - 60k per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Residential, Construction
  • Contact: Leon Moulton
  • Contact Email: Leon.Moulton@anderselite.com
  • Contact Phone: 0161 641 6175
  • Expiry Date: 06 March 2023
  • Job Ref: 399924LMO

Head of Design – Housing/Social Housing Developments - Apartments – Salford – £55,000 to £60,000

Client
My client is a regional, housing developer with a reputable reputation in the region for delivering high quality homes in the northwest region
They are looking for a Head of design to join their in-house Technical Department that manages the design process from the point of planning approval through to project completion

They typically deliver housing through timber frame apartment blocks up to 4 storey by masonry and then apartments above 4 storeys would usually be light weight steel frame.

Role
My client are now looking for somebody with the relevant experience to join them to head the Technical Department. The person heading up this department will have responsibility for ensuring developments are fully compliant with all relevant standards. They must have an expert knowledge of Building Regulations and LABC warranty standards.

Duties
- Allocate developments amongst the Design Team seeking to ensure a sensible spread of developments between team members. Including assuming the management of some developments yourself.
- Prepare and implement sufficient processes and procedures to ensure the effective running of the Department.
- Undertake regular design progress meetings to ensure designs are progressing inline with the development timeline. Provide updates identifying risks and opportunities to Directors.
- Support the development and commercial team to ensure that accurate development costings are prepared taking into consideration any technical requirements that may impact the particular type of construction being proposed.
- Issue briefs to design consultants and design sub-contractors and manage them to support in their preparation and issue of production information to the agreed programme, scope and fee.
- Ensure that working drawings are in compliance with the approved planning consent, contract specifications, building regulations and any other relevant standard.
- Ensure that all statutory enquiries, crossovers, sewer connections and other section agreements are submitted and pursued for their timely return and agreement.
- Monitor and control all production information in close liaison with the project QS, development team and construction department to ensure tight cost controls are maintained and information is produced in line with target costs.
- Review and provide approval to all drawings to show the content has been reviewed and complies with building regulations and any other relevant standards. Where drawings / documents do not comply with relevant standards reject and work with relevant consultant / design sub-contractor to obtain a compliant design.
- Manage the distribution of preliminary, construction and as built information internally with the Document Controller (where applicable), address any feedback provided from other departments and produce a high quality, fully co-ordinated design package.
- Review Building Control specification document prepared by the Architect to ensure it accurately reflects proposed materials, standard details and any other contract specific requirements.
- Review designs for compliance with fire stopping requirements, prepare fire stopping specifications and work with quality and construction teams to ensure compliance across developments.
- Review materials being used during the development to ensure compliance with the approved planning consent, building regulations, contract requirements and any other relevant standard. Procure product datasheets and other documentation to support this and store within the development record.
- Support the commercial team to produce trade specifications that comply with all relevant standards. Undertake review of trade specifications to ensure compliance with relevant standards.
- Review any sub-contractor design to ensure compliance with the approved planning consent, building regulations, contract requirements and any other relevant standard.

Candidate
• Prepared to undertake the technical role for certain developments
• Good operating knowledge of the development and technical design process
• Proven knowledge of detailed design for residential schemes utilising different forms of construction including light weight steel frame, traditional steel frame, timber frame and masonry
• Be able to question and query design information across all disciplines
• Architectural or engineering background with the ability to use AutoCad would be beneficial
• Solid understanding of statutory requirements, including Building Regulations and LABC warranty standards
• Educated to a degree level or in possession of a relevant professional qualification
• Well organised and capable of organising others