2 Year Fixed Term
Spatial Planning Service – Placemaking Team
Grade 9 -11 £34,209- £40,869
The post offers an exciting opportunity for experienced and motivated designers with backgrounds in architecture and urban design to join one of the most progressive public sector design and policy teams in the UK.
This is an exciting time to be working in Croydon. As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we face an unprecedented challenge in shaping the recovery and sustainable growth of our borough. Croydon Council is also building back from declaring a S114 notice last year, and we are having to work innovatively, build partnerships and strengthen ties with local communities, businesses and wider society, working towards a more sustainable and inclusive future for the whole borough. The Planning and Regeneration directorate is driving this recovery through a diverse range of activities and programmes to support good growth, working to ensure Croydon meets its full potential; providing inclusive and inviting places to live, work and visit.
High-quality design and placemaking sit at the heart of Croydon’s vision and work is already underway with the delivery of an ambitious programme of regeneration projects led by both the council and private sector partners. This includes the revival of large urban quarters and its suburbs, delivery of the Council’s Growth Zone programme including significant public realm improvements, and high profile mixed-use developments across the borough. Central to this is the Placemaking Team and its exemplary work to transform the physical and environmental quality of a Croydon and tangibly improve the economic and social well-being of Croydon’s communities.
About the Placemaking Team
The Croydon Council Placemaking Team is an award winning, multidisciplinary team of built environment practitioners with experience from the strategic level through to detailed design and delivery. The team sits within the council’s Strategic Planning and Regeneration directorate and works across strategic planning, urban design, architecture & landscape architecture, research, public engagement, public realm, public art & culture, heritage and conservation. The team is part of the Spatial Planning Service, which brings together Croydon’s Placemaking and Planmaking functions to provide a holistic and coordinated approach to planning, design and delivery. It comprises of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, built heritage specialists, cultural practitioners and planners.
The work of the team has been highlighted and praised in the Farrell Review as an exemplar for best practice in ‘proactive planning’, emphasising the unique role that the team plays in providing a range of design and placemaking services to internal and external clients. This ranges from collaboratively developing 20 year Croydon Local Plans and related guidance documents; championing heritage; working with developers and local communities to create high quality and inclusive places and spaces; producing urban design frameworks and masterplans; building community capacity; improving perceptions and identity of places, and designing and building short, medium and long term projects on the ground.
The team’s work has contributed to several awards over recent years. Most recently, the team has gained recognition for innovative approaches to planning, design and regeneration, including the New London Architecture Meanwhile Award for the ongoing Meanwhile Croydon programme and a Planning Award for Planning for Increased Housing Delivery for the Suburban Design Guide SPD. In April 2021 the team successfully became one of 20 Corporate Partners of the Design Council, the only local authority team to be selected.
About the role
We are looking for candidates who are independent, critical and creative thinkers with experience of developing and delivering projects across a range of scales and typologies; from the strategic through to smaller scale interventions and including residential through the majority of RIBA work stages. Also desirable is knowledge and experience of project and contract management, the planning and development process, bid writing, and public engagement practices.
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer that welcomes applications from all communities.
For this role, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion or philosophical belief, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, caring commitments, disability or age.
The Croydon Placemaking Team is committed to ensuring a fair and open place of work. We aim to shape places that are created with and enjoyed by all people of different cultures, identities, needs and experiences. We believe that our team should reflect the diverse communities we serve and therefore particularly encourage applications from disability groups and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), and people with trans+ identities who are currently under-represented within our team.
Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
For an informal discussion please call either Tom Selby (Placemaking Deputy Team Leader) on 07926085045, Hannah Martin (Placemaking Deputy Team Leader) on 07926085016, or Anisha Jogani (Placemaking Team Leader) on 07742405438
2 year Fixed Term
Full time 36 Hours
Closing date: 3 January 2021 (11:59pm)
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.