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Building Surveyor

The National Trust
Erddig Hall or Penrhyn Castle
£43,000 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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We are looking for a Building Surveyor to join us in caring for some of the most iconic historic houses and castles in Wales. As part of a team of Building Surveyors you will work with other professionals and conservation specialists to provide support and expertise in all aspects of building operations, conservation, defect investigation and project delivery. Your work will enable our properties to achieve sustainable standards of building conservation and repair.

This is a hybrid opportunity between home, property and regional hubs. You will be predominantly covering North Wales and can be contractually based either at Erddig Hall or Penrhyn Castle. 

We are offering this role on a permanent basis with a salary circa. £41,000.

Mae cyfieithiad Cymraeg yr hysbyseb hwn ar gael yn y pdf atodol.


What it's like to work here

This post will be part of the National Trust Cymru Consultancy Team - an inhouse team of multidisciplinary experts who together form a great repository of skills talents and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the team enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s most special heritage and landscapes and providing public good by making these places accessible to all.

It's about being part of something different, where values matter and where our decisions are based on looking after our places for everyone, forever.


What you'll be doing

You will be a key part of our buildings team comprising of facilities managers, surveyors, planners, project and contract managers, as well as other specialists. In this role you’ll be one of the specialists helping to look after our special places, responsible for supporting our in-hand portfolios working closely with our property teams.  

With a passion for Wales’ historic buildings and environment and an interest in their sustainable use, repair and conservation, you’ll be skilled in forward planning; and able to set and manage delegated budgets, providing accurate and robust forecasts. Engaging and managing a range of stakeholders will be key in support of your work.

Please also click apply to read the full role profile attached to this advert.


Who we're looking for

  • Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) or Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Knowledge of building conservation, defect diagnosis, maintenance, and repair; ability to review and inspect the condition of buildings and produce a comprehensive report on the findings and potential repairs
  • Track record of preparing specifications and schedules of works 
  • Contract administration and experience of managing projects and project teams
  • Ability to brief and manage consultants - acting as client-side adviser and technical expert – including Building Surveyors and Architects
  • A positive attitude to Welsh language and culture
  • A building conservation certification/accreditation is beneficial but not essential.  A desire to achieve this would be supported.
  • Full driving licence will be required for travel around the region (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


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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