Urban Designer or Senior Urban Designer - Barton Willmore

Manchester (based in Spinningfield)

Fixed-term, full time position (flexibility offered)

Job and Person Specification

Barton Willmore is the UK’s leading independent integrated Planning and Design consultancy, led by 21 Partners and employing around 350 employees in 13 regional offices across the UK.

We believe that it is not just our size and influence that makes us unique, it is our people and their individual talents that make the difference. 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 encourage and reward individual initiative and autonomy within a context of teamwork and collaboration, with genuine career opportunities based on merit.

We are looking to strengthen our current design team by recruiting an Urban Designer or Senior Urban Designer in our Manchester office (whilst working as part of the wider Northern Design team) to support with medium and large scale residential and mixed-use development masterplans and layouts.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the right candidate to be involved in high profile masterplanning projects and to develop their skills whilst working in a multi-disciplinary and supportive team environment.

The successful candidate will have proven professional experience in a design role and will be fully AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite and Sketchup fluent. The candidate will be technically proficient, enthusiastic and understand place making.

To have an impact in this role you will:

  • Work predominantly on medium and large scale residential and mixed-use masterplans and housing layouts
  • Contribute to the design process by producing masterplans, diagrams and documents
  • Produce outstanding work to a specific brief and within tight deadlines

To succeed in the role, it is likely that you will:

  • Have experience working on UK residential and mixed-use development masterplans and a proven track record in the delivery of Urban Design or Masterplanning projects
  • Have a background in Town Planning, Landscape Architecture or Architecture
  • Have a MA or Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design
  • Have excellent written communication skills
  • Have an awareness of Planning issues and Local Authority design standards
  • Have the ability to produce high quality hand drawings
  • Be fluent in AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Sketchup
  • Have excellent team-working skills
  • Have a willingness to learn and progress
  • Have the ability to manage their own time and workload independently
  • Have an interest in business development and networking opportunities

Additional desirable attributes would be:

  • Excellent and in-depth house builder / developer knowledge
  • Familiarity with housing layouts and an ability to produce 1:1000 block plan/proving layouts for residential and mixed-use schemes


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 send your CV to people.team@bartonwillmore.co.uk, including details on your availability to start the position should you be successful and information on your current salary. If you require any further information, please call 0118 943 0000.

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