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“Bondstones” – Taunton

March 28, 2024


Senior Architect / Lead Architect
Westcountry Region – Taunton

Start date – 1st May (or as soon as possible)
(Applications required by 1st March)

Bondstones is a specialist Rural Planning and Architectural firm – working for a variety of private clients and landed estates throughout the rural South & South West UK.

Located in Taunton, Somerset, our team is experiencing steady growth and so we are in urgent need of an outstanding Architect / Design professional to join us to lead and grow our design team.

As part of our planned, strategic expansion, this hands-on leadership role will work alongside our Senior Planner and Business Development Team – managing our architectural service delivery and working with us to expand our Architecture & Built-environment services over the next two to three years.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in architectural services, particularly those focused on private clients. Expertise in rural architecture (especially including change of use / conversions, heritage & listed building projects and bespoke domestic projects) is essential.

The successful candidate will demonstrate confidence in quality Architecture and will have the capacity and desire to inspire and develop a great team (in alignment with our regional management objectives and company values).

Requirements / wish list:

  • Demonstrable experience in rural projects and architectural services delivery
  • Bondstones are especially interested in applications from individuals who are seeking career progression – especially where ambition is being held back by a glass ceiling / “dead men’s shoes” – or perhaps through a basic lack of ambition from their current employer.
  • The candidate will have proven experience throughout RIBA stages 0 – 7, with a private client-centric professional focus. Our projects always require innovative solutions and so you will need to provide evidence of successful project delivery across a variety of scenarios
  • Experience in areas such as estate / farm diversification, bespoke houses, rural business projects, barn conversions, tourism and heritage projects area specific requirement for this role.
  • Proficiency with PC based IT is required – Strong familiarity with SketchUp Pro / Studio and AutoCAD is necessary.
  • RIBA / ARB (or an equivalent UK professional qualification) is considered essential.
  • Candidates from other professional backgrounds (CIAT, RICS) with relevant experience and leadership capabilities are also welcome to apply… NB: Only UK qualified and experienced individuals need apply for this role – overseas ‘accreditation’ or similar ‘equivalent’ certification will not meet our requirements…

Location and Terms:

  • This role focuses on projects in the West Country, requiring a full driving licence and regular travel
  • Based full-time at Hestercombe House, Taunton, you will become a key member of our regions management team
  • We offer a modern, flexible working environment, including 20 days holiday plus public holidays and additional Christmas leave (and you can have your birthday off too!)

At Bondstones, we aim for a mutually beneficial relationship, where your aspirations are supported by our dynamic business model. If you are ready to take your career to the next level with us, please reach out for a confidential discussion about your future with Bondstones.

Please contact Ian Firth (MD) on 0781 321 4535 – for a confidential discussion before applying.

NB: Please do not apply for this role if you are not located in, or professionally qualified in the United Kingdom – this role requires UK professional accreditation.



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