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Architectural lead
at Nottingham Energy Partnership

Nottingham Energy Partnership has an opportunity for an architectural lead in the conservation retrofit sector to join its team in Nottingham, UK.

Nottingham Energy Partnership have an exciting new opportunity for an architectural professional to play a leading role in the development of our pioneering retrofit programmes.

Join our passionate interdisciplinary team at Nottinghamshire’s only Climate Action Charity.

You will provide the specialist architectural input to support the development and delivery of NEP’s retrofit projects, including our innovative ‘Conservation Retrofit Catalyst’. The role will be varied, with the potential not only to exercise your technical and design skills, but to play a part in shaping the future of retrofit in the midlands and beyond.

To apply for this job, please visit this link for the full job description, person specification and application forms. Please note that you are required to complete an application form to be considered for this job – CV’s will not be accepted without an accompanying application form.

Job description

Job title: architectural lead – conservation retrofit
Employed by: Nottingham Energy Partnership
Contract length: one year (with possibility to extend)
Project working hours: full time (37 hours per week)
Salary: £36,000 – £44,000, dependent on qualifications and experience

Nottingham Energy Partnership

Nottingham Energy Partnership is a climate action charity which has been involved in the retrofit of thousands of homes and non-domestic buildings over the past 25 years. We are currently expanding the services that we offer to include a comprehensive retrofit advice and planning service for homeowners (Future-Fit Homes) and a pilot project to develop specialist services for older traditionally constructed buildings (the Conservation Retrofit Catalyst).

Future-Fit Homes

NEP’s Future-Fit Homes project aims to increase the uptake and quality of domestic retrofit, by providing a tailored and holistic service centred around the needs of homeowners. As part of a lottery funded pilot, the service is being offered free to households in the Meadows area of Nottingham through the Green Meadows project.

Households participating in the project are offered a detailed Future-Fit home assessment which will form the basis of their Future-Fit home plan – a stepped whole house retrofit plan, tailored to their home. This plan not only provides detailed advice, but signposts households to grants and funding, DIY retrofit workshops and other resources to enable them to kickstart the retrofit of their homes.

The Conservation Retrofit Catalyst

The Conservation Retrofit Catalyst is an Energy Redress funded project designed to improve the way that the retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings is carried out. The project includes elements of design work, expanding the scope of the Future-Fit Home Plans to include details and specifications for retrofit works to older properties. This work will be based around an archetype study of the area, allowing archetype-based ‘best practice’ retrofit plans and designs to be made available to homeowners.

The project also aims to address gaps in the supply chain via the development and delivery of an accredited level two training course – ‘a Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit’ – for those working or aspiring to work in the sector. The course, currently being developed in partnership with a local bio-based materials consultancy, will be launched in August 2023.

Main purpose of the role

This is a varied role for an architectural professional, the focus of which will be to provide specialist architectural input to support the development and delivery of NEP’s retrofit projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing bespoke retrofit designs and specifications appropriate to traditionally constructed and conservation area properties. The role will also include the delivery of retrofit training to tradespeople and homeowners. The role will be predominantly office-based with some off-site work.

Main tasks to be completed

The successful applicant will be expected to complete the following tasks – please note that this list is not exhaustive, and that the job role will evolve as the project progresses.

Future-Fit Homes:

  • produce Future-Fit retrofit plans from survey data, using SAP modelling software
  • produce CAD drawings and models from survey data
  • develop retrofit designs for a range of domestic buildings, including conservation area homes
  • develop and prepare detail drawing packages to accompany Future-Fit plans
  • develop area-wide archetype study/energy audit including communicating findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • work with specialists to develop an interactive platform for the dissemination of archetype retrofit plans and designs to homeowners
  • assist in the ongoing development of the Future-Fit service, including identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement
  • ensure that project targets are on track and meet funding requirements
  • contribute to reporting processes
  • ensure compliance with general data protection regulations, ensuring that confidentiality procedures are maintained and that data is handled with integrity

Conservation retrofit training course:

  • assist in the development of the conservation retrofit training course
  • contribute to the production of training / course materials including presentations, handbooks and audiovisual resources
  • participate in the delivery of the conservation retrofit course, including leading training sessions and assisting learners with practical and written tasks
  • assist in the assessment of course participants including reviewing coursework, attending assessment sessions and providing written and verbal feedback to learners
  • work with the course accreditation body and delivery partners to ensure the compliance with accreditation body rules and procedures
  • maintain an up to date knowledge of retrofit policy, standards and regulations
  • maintain and develop own knowledge of appropriate/best practice retrofit for traditionally constructed and heritage buildings
  • contribute to feedback and evaluation procedures

To apply for this role, you will need to complete our application form which can be found on our website.

For more information or to discuss any part of the application, please contact [email protected].

Nottingham Energy Partnership is a Queens Award winning independent charity.

Charity number: 1091513

Salary: £40,000 - £49,999
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