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Building Surveyor/Architect

The National Trust
Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells
£42,000 per annum
Closing date
26 Feb 2023

Job Details

Building Surveyor/Architect

Salary: £42,000 per annum

Contract type: Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Closing date: 29th January

Address: Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 8JN


We have an exciting opportunity for a Building Surveyor / Architect to join our consultancy team working in and around Kent and East Sussex. As part of our thriving professional community, you'll provide support and expertise in all aspects of building operations, conservation and projects. Your work will enable our properties to achieve sustainable standards of building conservation and repair, not only to achieve their business objectives but also to ensure our places endure for the benefit of current and future generations. As an experienced Building Surveyor / Architect, bringing buildings to life is what excites you. We’ll be here to support you to continuously develop your skills, get involved in exciting projects and build a rewarding career at the National Trust.

Expected interview date: 9 February 2023.

What it's like to work here

You'll work across National Trust sites in Kent and East Sussex, including the White Cliffs, Winchelsea, Sheffield Park, Batemans, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle - the latter is where you will be based. The portfolios in these counties encompass a wide range of historic buildings, of varied age, including some of the most beloved and iconic sites in the region. The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. You'll be part of a mixed team of internal consultants (including building surveyors and architects, curators, project managers and archaeologists) and professionals working together to deliver the National Trust's core conservation aims and strategic ambitions. 

Click here to learn more about life as a Surveyor at National Trust.

What you'll be doing

You'll play a key part in our buildings team in the London & South-East region, comprising of surveyors, architects, planners, project and contract managers and other specialists. You'll work together to provide a joined-up conservation service to support our operational colleagues across a portfolio of properties that include mansion houses, follies, and farmsteads, as well as archaeological and civil structures. You'll provide expert advice and support, delivering building work to the highest conservation standards, whilst developing and line managing colleagues. You'll be responsible for the delivery of high-quality building service, proactively inputting and advising where required. You'll plan and deliver a programme of short- and long-term cyclical building work, repairs and improvements with clear briefs and close monitoring, together with managing risks and providing mitigation strategies. At times, you may also act as project manager or lead consultant, managing teams of external advisers.

Who we're looking for

In your application, please provide details of how you meet the following minimum criteria:

  • You'll be a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Architects Registration Board (ARB) or the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB)
  • Possess a building conservation certification or have the motivation to achieve this
  • Have high-level knowledge of building conservation, maintenance, and repair, with a commitment to best practice in the long-term care and curation of historic sites and structures as informed by international standards
  • Have a successful track record of managing projects, ideally in a conservation setting
  • Have strong experience in contract management and contract administration in a supervisory capacity
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of financial responsibility for projects and cyclical work with exemplary data management
  • Have an excellent knowledge of relevant legislative requirements relating to the role
  • Have a full driving license (required for travel around the portfolio (mileage allowance will be paid for work travel)

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme 
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts 
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust has over 255,000 hectares of land, of which about 80% is farmed by tenants. We also have 4,133 rented cottages, 1,978 commercial tenancies, 1,806 agricultural tenancies, 1,014 way leaves and easements and an investment and operational property portfolio valued at £82.87m, of which £66.35m is specified as investment property.

The management of these tenancies and assets, together with the relationship with our tenants, underpins our £40m+ annual rental income and is absolutely essential to the delivery of our conservation work.

Build our future

Think you know what it means to work in building surveying at the National Trust? Think again. As the largest building conservation organisation in Europe, the Trust sets out to protect the nation’s heritage – and building surveying plays a vital role in that. Nick Dutton, brand new Lead Building Surveyor for the London South East region, shares his immense enthusiasm for the profession and reveals why the National Trust offers a unique opportunity to thrive, and further a career in building surveying.

One of the major strategic aims of the National Trust is to look after the places we love – and as building surveyors, individuals like Nick Dutton, are doing just that – demonstrating how vital the profession is to the cause of the entire organisation. The building surveying team deal with all issues concerning buildings, from compliance, day to day and cyclical repairs, all the way up to large building projects. This means that a career in building surveying at the National Trust offers incredible breadth and variety.

London South East is one of six regions in the National Trust, but contains around 25 percent of properties with 192 Grade 1 and Grade 2 star listed buildings, circa 890 let estate cottages, 32 registered parks and gardens, 178 ancient monuments and almost 3,000 hectares of land. It’s an incredibly important region and the largest community of building surveyors within the National Trust.

“The collection of buildings is both unique and diverse requiring special skills, care and attention – and most of all a love for buildings,” says Nick. “There are not many organisations or roles able to offer this level of variety – from the very small, to the very grand and everything in between. There’s no doubt that working in building surveying at the National Trust represents a truly unique opportunity.”

Making a difference

Since he was very young, Nick has been aware of the National Trust and he’s always had a desire to work for the organisation given the range of properties and their conservation ethos. “It’s a unique charity, preserving a great deal of the country’s heritage for the future.. Having worked in a number of building surveying roles both within consultancy and client side, it was the right time for a change. I’d reached the point in my career where I was ready to pursue my dreams, a career that really fulfilled me.”

Collaboration in conservation

Nick’s just two months into his role at the National Trust, but it lives up to everything he hoped it would be. In fact, it’s the ability to work with a group of people who share the same ethos and values as him, with a similar outlook on historic buildings that has really brought the role to life for him.

Nick’s role as Lead Building Surveyor is a new one for the National Trust that came about following an investment into the building surveying function within the organisation. As such, Nick and the other regional leads are working closely together to ensure the building surveying community is acting as one. They work at raising standards across the board, promoting collaborative working within the building surveying community, championing the conservation work undertaken by the Trust and role of building surveying, and acting as mentors and technical leads for their regions.

“I work in close collaboration with the other regional Lead Building Surveyors to ensure we’re working in a consistent fashion. We share ideas, knowledge and techniques across the regions, so that best practice is shared and achieved across the country. It’s a very collegiate vibe, which I’ve not experienced in this way before.”

For Nick, the best part of his role is promoting the skills of the building surveyors and championing the work of the National Trust to an internal and external audience. He’s reaching out to organisations and individuals who share the organisation’s aspirations, as well as those that don’t. Which can be challenging and exhilarating all at once. Whether it’s creating new collaborations, or joining forces with amenity societies and conservation charities there’s always a new challenge ahead. Being able to promote not just the vital work the National Trust does for the nation, but the building surveying profession as a whole, makes his job incredibly inspiring.

If you’d like to make a difference, and give back to conservation, join us and help us deliver our vision.

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