Principal Landscape Architect

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We have an exciting new opportunity for a Landscape Architect to join our project specific team for a large 57km infrastructure project in the South West of England.

Ground Control is working with National Grid under a design and build contract to deliver the landscaping for this important network upgrade project.

What you’ll achieve;

Working within this role you will be key in delivering great design solutions and detail for our customers, taking proactive ownership to overcome design constraints and deliver a great customer experience for our clients. You will be a key member of a project specific team that work together in progressing design & planning requirement submissions in line with the Development Consent Order. You will gain experience working within the National Infrastructure Planning system through this nationally significant infrastructure project.

This can be based nationwide from home with occasional national travel to the project as well as our offices in London and also Billericay in Essex for team meetings.

Key responsibilities will include:

Delivering designs for various work stages and phases of the project for discharge & approval of planning submissions in line with the Development Consent Oder
Producing a range of landscape drawings & reports for all work stages from feasibility through planning up to the handover across the various project stages
Delivering a high quality of professional service on time and within budget
Producing schemes that meet the clients brief
Attending sites and carrying out landscape appraisals & works route walkovers
Working pro-actively and developing strong relationships with the team and wider construction and professional services team
Liaising or responding to main contractors in requesting & confirming information received
Progress reporting to the to team leader on status of work stages
Who are we looking for?

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Landscape Architect who is looking for a change in a dynamic expanding business.

Within this role, there is an opportunity to play a key role in the growth and development of the Landscape Architecture team and therefore we welcome applications from ambitious individuals who can demonstrate high quality consultancy experience and a proven ability for winning work, retaining clients and delivering a great customer experience for our clients.

Ground Control is seeking highly motivated industry leading professionals who can demonstrate a blend of technical design expertise, along with proven project management skills and sector experience.

The candidate will ideally have some, but not necessarily all, of the following :

Chartered status and relevant degree / master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with min 5 years’ experience
Strong design skills and be highly proficient in AutoCAD and Adobe software packages. Knowledge and skills in GIS and SketchUp are desirable.
Have solid plant knowledge of commonly used trees, shrubs and hardy perennials and show a willingness to learn.
Experience and solid knowledge on preparing planning and technical drawings for hard landscaping.
Have strong knowledge of UK legislations
An effective and confident communicator or (both written and oral) to a broad audience, with the ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders both internal and external.
An engaging and approachable manner, with a natural ability to problem solve, provide positive and realistic solutions with a commercial mindset.
Ability to prepare and input into detailed project programming.
Sector experience with a sound understanding of landscape planning (Development Consent Orders) surrounding nationally important infrastructure projects.
An ability to think strategically, conceptually, and analytically while maintaining a focus on wide-ranging or long-term implications.
Experience of working in design and build environment or contract delivery stages of a project.
Experienced in preparing LVIA, feasibility studies and mitigation strategies.
Experience at drafting planning compliant reports (skills in both technical report writing and in the preparation of graphic material are required).
If you are interested, please send your CV and portfolio with role relevant samples of work alongside an expression of interest cover.

What we offer:

At Ground Control we believe in creating an inspirational environment , and rewarding our employees for their hard work. We offer a wide-ranging benefits program , supporting you to realise your full potential, and are proud to be recognised as a great place to work:

Awards, Accolades and Culture

We have been awarded ‘world-class’ status for employee engagement in the 2023 best companies results, ranking at #16 in the ‘Top 100 Large Companies to Work For’ league table.
Certified B-Corp Accredited, Ground Control has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, as having met rigorous social and environmental standards which represent its commitment to sustainable goals ahead of profit.
We inclusively support ‘The Race at Work Charter’, ‘Ban the Box’, ‘The Armed Forces Covenant’ and are ‘Disability Confident’
We invest 5% of our profits into the Evergreen Fund, an investment fund dedicated to sustainability and environmental initiatives.
By 2025 we have committed to planting 1,000,000 trees, having a fully electric fleet, and achieving carbon net zero after becoming carbon neutral in 2020.
2 personal choice volunteering days with your fundraising efforts matched up to £500!
Perks and Benefits

Free gym access if you are Head Office based or subsidised national gym memberships if you are based elsewhere.
Nursery Vouchers, Cycle to work scheme and Travel loans
Bupa employee support, Free Flu Jabs, online private GP service and a premium subscription to Calm, the wellbeing app
A supportive, entrepreneurial working environment that fosters collaboration.
Training, development, coaching and mentoring plans including our GC Leadership Academy, job specific accreditations and higher education opportunities
Hybrid working opportunities with time in the office including breakfast Mondays and dog friendly Fridays.
Financial benefits include yearly bonus scheme, access to Wagestream and employee share options

How we work:

We put people at the centre of everything we do.
Everyone is welcome. We’re embracing a culture where difference is valued. Your uniqueness will be celebrated. We believe diversity grows innovation, and innovation creates initiative. Together we’ll succeed in caring for each other, caring for our communities and caring for our Environment. Together, we’re stronger.