Architectural Designer

Posted Date 1 month ago(25/01/2018 10:32)
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Forest Row
Rydon Homes
East Sussex


We are currently seeking an experienced Designer to join our Forest Row (East Sussex) design team to create design feasibilities for our high specification and quality residential developments. Rydon Homes is a well-established development company specialising in the creation of high-quality homes across the south east of England, particularly in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. Rydon Homes has a rich history of creating new residential developments, typically in highly sought after village settings, which are harmonious and highly bespoked to compliment the setting and surroundings. Rydon Homes has an enviable reputation for quality, and this is demonstrated through the delivery of homes built to a high specification both inside and out. We use traditional construction methods, blended with high specification modern conveniences throughout to ensure that our homes meet the high standards our customers have come to expect from Rydon. 


In addition, Rydon Homes operates a highly regarded strategic land division, which invests in high quality land opportunities, seeks planning permission for the onward sale and/or development either through other Rydon Group companies, or in the open market. It is this unique blend of direct development opportunity and land acquisition/sale that makes Rydon Homes a truly diverse place to work. 

Job Purpose

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Designer to join our Rydon Homes team in Forest Row, East Sussex. Our design team is responsible for undertaking the full architectural design process for our new-build residential schemes, taking into consideration planning requirements, physical and policy constraints and that incorporate viability and mix requirements to create highly desirable and aesthetically pleasing housing opportunities, in keeping and sympathetic to the local environment. Our developments are unique and bespoke - we don't believe in building developments using standard 'house types', instead we understand the local environment, customer needs and our designers then create great places for people to live in keeping with the local environment. 


The main purpose of the job is to create design feasibilities to maximise the development and/or saleable value in broad alignment with D1 requirements, whilst understanding and incorporating planning policy context. Once viability is confirmed, you will develop deliverable solutions which take on the constraints and opportunities of the site in planning policy as well as technical and physical aspects. Provide analytical and visual information to support pre application and application submission.


Key duties include: 

  • Interrogate P1/T1 and Land Hand Over information prior to progressing design and visual information to support pre application and application submission development.
  • Attendance of Briefing Meetings on those identified opportunities which are deemed viable.
  • Undertake a site visit and prepare site analysis for understanding of character and material selections
  • Review D1 request in discussion with D & P Director, create the appropriate and market viable development solution for discussion and distribute to Land, Commercial and Sales Teams for approval.
  • Create initial layout and perspective for LPA discussion.
  • Set up and hold Design Review meeting to finalise feasibility layout
  • Interrogate P2/T2 report information prior to progressing design development.
  • Set up design review meeting post planning permission being granted.
  • Complete drawing package in support of planning submission.
  • Review built solutions / take Sales feedback in refinement of future brand content.
  • Maintain market awareness of other developments and design solutions to retain competitive edge over competitors.

 This is a varied and challenging role that will provide the successful candidate with excellent opportunities for onward development/progression. 

Experience Required

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience gained as a designer within a residential development company (housebuilder), demonstrating previous experience of the development design process. You will be an excellent people manager, and be able to partner with our directly employed teams in house (across land, sales, design) as well as external consultants. You will have strong commercial awareness and excellent discipline to progress design packages when all relevant information is available. A professional qualification is desirable in a related field, although candidates with demonstrable experience in a similar role without a professional qualification will also be strongly considered. In addition, you will have excellent knowledge of planning policy and related design criteria with an awareness of building regulation and other regulatory requirements. 


If you are keen to join a business that takes pride in providing a friendly yet quality focused approach to development and you have the experience above, we would strongly encourage you to apply. 

Additional Information

As a well established, progressive company we are committed to attracting and retaining individuals by offering an excellent benefits package that includes a wide range of core and voluntary benefits.


Rydon is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity in employment. Successful candidates will be selected solely on their ability to carry out the duties of the post.  


To apply online, please use the 'apply for this job link' at the top of this page.


Our application process is very straight forward allowing you to apply with a CV (from your Computer or Dropbox), LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+ and should take no more than a few short minutes. 


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