Remaking Beamish Architectural Assistant
Fixed Term Contract to September 2020
Beamish is undertaking a £21million project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the open air Museum, adding a 1950s town, a Georgian Coaching Inn, and a number of 1820s industrial buildings.
Unusually, we are undertaking most of the design and build elements of this project in-house, and we are seeking an excellent Architectural Assistant with a real passion for historic buildings to give us the capacity to achieve an ambitious programme, maintaining quality and accuracy throughout.
Working within the Construction Team, you will produce drawings and specifications for a range of buildings at different stages of design. The buildings represent a range of approaches including a cinema to be moved from Ryhope, exact replicas of existing buildings, and original designs based on extensive historical research.
Your drawing skills must be excellent, and you will be working to tight deadlines. Although the majority of the work will be producing 2D Autocad drawings for production and construction, skills in producing 3D visualisations of buildings would be an asset in communicating ideas to colleagues and contractors. You must have the flexibility to work from a range of sources including historic photographs and plans, and be able to follow clear direction in ensuring materials and details are as accurate as possible, and ensure that this is communicated clearly in your drawings. As with all projects, funds are not unlimited and you will have to design to a budget and accept compromises where necessary. Above all, you must be flexible enough to juggle producing new design, resolving queries with contractors on site, liaising with external consultants and responding to any other challenges as they arrive.
The role would be well suited to anyone that wishes to develop a career within the historic buildings and heritage sector: this is an excellent opportunity to develop an understanding of architectural heritage and the acquisition of traditional building construction and design skills, genuine site experience, and the chance to work on a unique, exciting, and challenging project.
For an informal discussion about this position please contact Nick Butterley, Design Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 370 4029.
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