Senior Building Surveyor, National Trust, Newcastle

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Senior Building Surveyor, National Trust, Newcastle

£38,077 per annum | North East | Date posted 12 Apr 2018

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 months)


Use your Building Surveying and Project Management expertise at the National Trust - this two year fixed term role will be based in the Newcastle hub of the North Region but working at Seaton Delaval Hall on their exciting Heritage Lottery funded project.

Do you feel motivated by a role that is varied and diverse? Can you be one of our buildings experts, and deliver outstanding building conservation and investment projects? Do you love the idea of working as part of a top-class team of conservation professionals, on a variety of very special places? If so this role could be for you.

What it's like to work here

Seaton Delaval Hall is a Grade I listed building of outstanding significance that sits within a Grade II* registered park and garden. It is arguably one of the best surviving works of architect Sir John Vanbrugh, who was commissioned to create it in 1718.

Although it was damaged by fire in 1822 and has significant conservation needs, it remains true to his original vision, with no major alterations overlying or obscuring his design for the Hall or its associated designed landscape.

Seaton Delaval Hall is currently the highest conservation priority in the National Trust, being ‘…one of the most important 18th Century country houses and designed landscapes in the UK…’ (CMP, 2014).

Vanbrugh built Seaton Delaval Hall for Admiral George Delaval, MP, industrialist and naval hero. It became home to the larger than life Delaval family, known as the ‘Gay Delavals’ due to their high spirited and flamboyant lifestyle.

The family loved a performance and an invitation to one of their parties was the hottest ticket in town. In an age notorious for extremes of behaviour, they stood apart as the most notorious of all Georgian partygoers and pranksters. This lies at the heart of SDH’s Spirit of Place that will guide all that we do and shapes our future, but first we have to ensure the stage is properly set.

2018-2021 is when we will set the stage and see the Curtain Rising at Seaton Delaval Hall as we embark on a £7.4m HLF funded programme. We will:

  • Address urgent conservation works to secure the fabric of the Hall, adjoining buildings and key landscape features;
  • Enhance the visitor experience by investing in much-needed facilities, including a new café in the Brew house and toilets in the Coach house;
  • Bring to life Seaton Delaval Hall’s rich and varied past through vibrant and ambitious programming, creating new interpretation and representing the collection; drawing inspiration from the famous, and often infamous, Delaval Family;
  • Develop local partnerships and co-create a community programme which builds on Seaton Delaval Hall's theatrical and creative heritage (Delaval Dialogues);
  • Work in a strategic partnership with Northumbria University to offer a range of project and placement opportunities for students to increase capacity on site and enable skills development and employability (Rising Stars);
  • Design a professional development programme for staff and volunteers to help support them in this transformation and in their journey with the National Trust.

Seaton Deleval Hall will remain open to visitors throughout this transformation, creating opportunities to connect people with our cause and enabling them to see vital conservation work in action.

We will encourage visitors to explore the site as a whole, rather than the current linear route, and increase our visitor numbers from 75,000 (in 2016/17) to 104,000 (in 2022/23) once the scene has been set at Seaton Delaval Hall.

What you'll be doing

For approximately three days a week the project building surveyor will work with the project manager to deliver the Capital and Infrastructure works at Seaton Delaval Hall.

The focus of this post is to provide technical input and expertise to ensure that conservation works are delivered to a high standard. Planned works include a re-roofing project, masonry works, heating upgrade, floor installation and conservation works on significant features such as our amazing spiral staircases.

Collaboration with other professionals from across all disciplines (conservation, archaeology and ecology etc) from within our consultancy team and externally (our appointed Design Team), is essential to provide seamless delivery within planned timescales. The budget for this work is in excess of £4 million and is part of a larger project which has a significant people and community element.

For the remaining two days a week you will provide support to the property team ensuring that planned cyclical building and compliance works are addressed. You will also manage and advise on any reactive works which are outside the scope of the project.

You’ll be working with a diverse range of stakeholders in the Trust and also external agencies, contractors and funders and will ensure that everyone involved is informed, on track, and up to date with each projects progress.

This may also include acting as point of contact for the property team and planning authorities, and representing the National Trust in meetings and media to emphasis the benefits of the project within the local area.

Who we’re looking for

Could you do it? We are looking for not just a passion for building conservation and project management but expertise and experience. We need someone with very strong communication skills who is proactive and a problem solver. You will be a professional Building Surveyor with a relevant professional qualification who demonstrates:

  • An understanding of working within a heritage or conservation environment;
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, including project reporting;
  • Experience of working in and successfully leading a project team;
  • The ability to engage well with operational and project teams;
  • Attention to detail and an eye for quality;
  • The ability to work at pace and with energy;
  • A creative approach, with the ability to drive improvement and change;
  • Experience of working on a multi-site project;
  • Experience of a range of consent requirements, especially related to building projects;
  • Awareness of the law and industry best practice;
  • Sound understanding of how projects evolve from broad thinking and scoping to shaping and detailed planning as well as successful project management in a multi-disciplined environment;
  • A track record in procurement of capital project construction and specialist professional services;
  • A clear client focus and the ability to work and effectively manage your time across a multi-site project.

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents;
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%;
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing;
  • Discounted gym membership.

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust;
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment;
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression;
  • Income protection due to illness.

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK;
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18);
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets;
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking.

Closing Date: 29 April 2018

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Job benefits: Healthcare + Gym membership + Benefits package + Pension
Job ref: IRC64697
Application deadline:
03 May 2018