Head of Conservation Architecture

House of Commons


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £63,716 to £75,953 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 November 2021

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe77587

The Houses of Parliament and the iconic Palace of Westminster are famous the world over. Transformed from royal residences and headquarters of many historic organisations to the home of a modern democracy, the Palace and the wider Parliamentary Estate have continually evolved, sometimes by design, sometimes through accident or attack.  The In-House Services & Estates (IHSE) team feel truly privileged to play a part both in conserving the historic estate and our shared cultural heritage, and in delivering a modern, safe, sustainable working environment for MPs, Peers and their staff, the 4,000-strong House Services, our service providers and our many thousands of visitors.   

The Design Authority plays a vital role in securing Parliament’s future by setting architectural and engineering strategies and design standards and monitoring their implementation during projects and programmes delivering the works plan. It promotes the conservation of the historic estate and its sustainability targets, working alongside colleagues that provide specialist support services, including corporate real estate, physical and digital asset management, workspace planning, maintenance and project teams.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Design Authority as Head of Conservation Architecture. The appointee will oversee the implementation of the estate masterplan and the strategy for building conservation.  They will provide subject matter expertise, team leadership and keep the long-term programme of conservation works up to date.  They will work closely with complementary posts including the Principal Architect and will become the professional head of all conservation architecture. The post holder will act with the authority of the Head of Design Authority in commissioning and overseeing work, and may occasionally deputise for them

Our ideal candidate is an inspiring, collaborative, and outcomes-focused leader who will approach the role and the environment with drive, open-mindedness and innovation. A chartered architect and fellow or member of RIBA or equivalent, you will have experience of design and construction in both contemporary and historic settings, together with experience of developing and implementing an architectural masterplan. 

A clear, credible, and engaging communicator, you will quickly win the confidence of your stakeholders, and will impress us with your capacity to lead and motivate a team of professionals ensuring that diversity, inclusion and good practise cascades through the team.

A strong understanding of undertaking works in or close to occupied buildings, with innovative, safe and cost-effective solutions, and recognising conservation architectural philosophy is key as is an understanding of and familiarity with BIM. Knowledge of working within CDM and safety regulations  in addition to contract management experience, in particular the NEC suite, would be an advantage, as would understanding of an understanding of working in the public sector, the sensitivities of Parliament and being under public scrutiny.

This is a substantial role that will require you to draw on the full range of your leadership and technical credentials to deliver the best outcomes for Parliament.   

Inclusion & Diversity

The House of Commons, where this post sits, has a full Diversity and Inclusion Strategy outlining our aims until 2021. Please refer to the full strategy here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/commons/house-of-commons-commission/hoc-diversity-inclusion-strategy


Further Information

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Russell Brandon 01962 864124 or Darra Power-Mooney on 07595 781 609

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 29th November

Long listing
Monday 6th December

Preliminary interviews
Monday 13th December

Short listing
Monday 3rd January

Final panel
Monday 17th January

How to Apply

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements (no longer than three A4 pages).
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two A4 pages) setting out how your knowledge, skills, experience, and personal qualities meet the essential criteria as set out in the person specification above.
  • A completed Equality Opportunities Monitoring Form – this will appear onscreen when you submit your application. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.

As a Disability Confident Leader, it is important that we can make appropriate arrangements or adjustments where necessary in order to create a full and equal participation in the selection process. If you require any reasonable adjustments, please contact the recruitment team to see how we can meet your needs.

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Russell Brandon 01962 864124 or Darra Power-Mooney on 07595 781 609.


  1. Candidate Pack - HOC - Head of Conservation Architecture.pdf