Monday 21st December, 2020
Friday 13th November, 2020
Wednesday 11th November, 2020
Monday 7th September, 2020
Wednesday 17th June, 2020
Monday 1st June, 2020
Tuesday 26th May, 2020
Thursday 14th May, 2020

We're recruiting a Retrofit Designer!

Monday 21st December, 2020

We are looking for someone with skills in low carbon building design and retrofit to join the retrofit team at URBED. 


Deadline: 10am on Monday 18th January 2021


Salary: £25,290 - £32,020, 35 hour work-week, dependent on skills and experience.

Contract: 0.6-1.0 Full Time Equivalent. Part-time and flexible working will be considered. 

Location: Central Manchester, largely covering projects in the North West and Yorkshire. 

Status: Permanent, following 6 month probationary period. PAYE. 

How to apply: Email info@urbed.coop with a CV, maximum two-page covering letter, and portfolio.

Academic qualifications: Degree in Architectural Technology, Architecture, Building Surveying or a related discipline. Equivalent experience will be considered. 

Experience: Minimum of one year in a relevant setting. 


About the Role

You will be involved in a variety of projects - from community and commercial buildings, to large-scale multi-home retrofit projects in the public sector, and one-off domestic retrofit projects through our People Powered Retrofit service collaboration with Carbon Co-op. You will be expected to work across all stages of project development, from assessment and scoping to technical design, construction, handover, and evaluation. We are looking for someone with a good understanding of responsible low carbon retrofit techniques. You should be able to consider all aspects of building physics and materials selection to produce successful technical designs that perform well. Most of our architectural and retrofit projects are based in the North of England. Though this role is office-based, you will be expected to travel to project sites from time to time to carry out surveys and inspect construction work. 



URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd (www.urbed.coop) is an award-winning design and research consultancy based in Manchester. In the last decade we have developed a national reputation for our innovative work in whole house retrofit. This has included design work on building projects, as well as developing policy, systems, and tools to support retrofit. Our office is in central Manchester, but at the moment we are predominantly working from home, using a number of tools to aid collaboration as we work remotely. We are a fully mutual employee-owned cooperative and company limited by guarantee. Our employee members each have a £1 share and we make business decisions collectively. We operate a system of self-management with internal working groups covering Personnel, Finance, Marketing, IT, and Office Management duties. Following a successful probationary period, you would become a member of the cooperative and would be offered the opportunity to become a director.


Employee Benefits:
We offer 28 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays (full time equivalent - this will be pro rata if the position is part-time). We also offer ‘Climate Perks’ days, and a cycle to work scheme to encourage sustainable personal travel. We operate a ‘time off in lieu’ system and encourage a healthy working hours culture. We take looking after our employees seriously and have best practice Parental and Dependents Leave, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Flexible Working, and Equal Opportunities policies. Please ask if you would like to see any of our policies.


Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce in the built environment sector and we monitor the diversity of job applicants for all positions via an anonymous online form. If you apply for this post please follow the link below to complete this, using the job reference code JOB/ RETROFIT DESIGNER: www.surveymonkey.com/s/URBED_equality


Essential Competencies
(approach, attitude and aptitude)

  • Able to prepare high-quality drawn and written technical specification information that communicates design information well with clients, building users, and construction professionals. 
  • Able to analyse complex technical situations and provide elegant design proposals that consider all aspects of building physics and building performance. 
  • Able and willing to take an analytical and evidence-based approach to design.  
  • Able to focus on detail and strategy and move between the two to ensure a successful outcome. 
  • Able to demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail in own work.
  • Able to consider needs of users and residents in development of design proposals. 
  • Able to contribute to a team with a broad range of skills and backgrounds, demonstrating a commitment to open and respectful communications and transparent working practices. 
  • Able to self-manage to an appropriate degree for current stage of professional development, working on own initiative to organise and prioritise your own workload and meet deadlines.


Essential Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • High level of literacy, numeracy, and computer literacy. 
  • Degree in architecture, architectural technology, building surveying, or related discipline. 
  • Highly proficient in CAD and with good working knowledge of BIM processes. (Vectorworks preferred, but training on this will be offered if required).
  • Experience of carrying out surveys of existing buildings for refurbishment. 
  • Experience of using energy assessment tools such as SAP, RdSAP, PHPP. 
  • Good technical design skills and ability to apply the principles of responsible retrofit. 
  • Good knowledge of the range of construction techniques and materials present in UK buildings. 
  • Good knowledge of sustainable design principles.


Desirable Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Retrofit or low carbon design specific qualification such as: AECB CarbonLite Retrofit, Retrofit Co-ordination Level 5 Diploma, CEPH Designer/Consultant/Trades, or an MSc in a relevant discipline. 
  • Direct experience of design and delivery of deep whole house retrofit projects. 
  • Experience of using software tools to analyse the thermal bridging or moisture performance of designs, e.g. THERM and WUFI. 
  • Experience of use of ICT tools to support quality assurance in design and construction. 
  • Qualification in conservation and/or experience of working on traditionally constructed buildings. 
  • Experience of building performance and post occupancy evaluation. 
  • Experience of the specification and use of low carbon materials in construction. 


Application Process


Please email info@urbed.coop with a CV, maximum two-page covering letter, and portfolio by 10am on Monday 18th January 2021. 


Emails should be no larger than 10MB. 

Please include the reference JOB/RETROFIT DESIGNER in the email title. 


If you have any questions about the role please contact the Marianne Heaslip - marianne@urbed.coop. 

This position is to start as soon as possible. 



Related projects