Graduate Urban Designer

Company: Marrons Planning
Closing date: 30/11/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Marrons Planning
Location: Birmingham
Let us introduce ourselves…

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

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Meet the team

Marrons Planning are a nationally growing team of town planning consultants and masterplanners providing high quality advice and guidance on a wide range of planning and development issues.

We advise on planning matters of all types and scales from leading and co-ordinating large and complex development proposals, to dealing with small scale and householder developments.  We act on behalf of major house builders and developers, manufacturers and investment companies, blue chip companies and land promoters, land and property owners, retailers, local authorities, and private individuals across the United Kingdom.

We co-ordinate, project manage and prepare planning applications; including for EIA development, urban regeneration schemes, and urban extensions. We proactively support clients with promoting sites through the Development Plan process,, and provide housing land supply advice and commercial/retail planning expertise.  We provide expert advice and guidance to our clients throughout all stages of the planning process and have considerable experience and knowledge of negotiating with local planning authorities, resolving issues, and delivering planning permissions.

Marrons Planning is part of law firm Shakespeare Martineau. We are part of a large multi-disciplinary team which comprises lawyers, masterplanners, and chartered town planners.  As part of Shakespeare Martineau, you will also have access to high quality training and support for the key business skills you need to progress your career in urban design. We support and fund membership of the RTPI for our team

The opportunity

A fantastic opportunity for a Graduate Urban Designer is available in our team, working alongside a team of experienced and skilled town planners and urban designers.  You will be able to quickly learn and develop your knowledge of the planning process within a consultancy environment.

We can offer you the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including delivering major mixed-use urban extensions across the UK.  You will be working with national house builders, land promoters, and landowners.

We have big growth plans and are looking for people with the enthusiasm to come and be part of this with us.

The key duties will be:

  • feasibility schemes to inform development potential of land and buildings
  • assisting with preparing planning applications
  • working with clients and other consultants to deliver development
  • masterplan drawings of sites
  • assisting with planning documents - design and access statements, design codes, etc

Skills and experience you will have:

  • relevant degree in Urban Design
  • ideally some experience in a planning and design role through a work placement (e.g. within local government, consultancy or design-led practice)
  • working towards (or ambitious to work towards) a relevant design qualification

Key competencies you will need:

  • an understanding of the planning process and systems
  • good attention to detail and accuracy
  • excellent communication skills and a friendly approachable manner
  • ability to prioritise workload and manage time efficiently
  • strong IT skills
  • drive, commitment, enthusiasm and a team player approach
  • proficiency in software including AutoCAD, Photoshop, Indesign, SketchUp preferable
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be predominantly home based with travel as required into Stratford upon Avon or one of our other Midlands based hubs 

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.


Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.