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Design and Planning Manager - Architect

Cobalt Recruitment
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Closing date
8 Apr 2024

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Design and Planning Manager (Architect)

Client-side Opportunity - Student Accommodation Specialist

£60,000 - £70,000 + flexible working + benefits


Our client is owned by one of the world's largest real estate investment firms and is a specialist in student accommodation across the UK, with over 30,000 beds at 90% occupancy.

We are pleased to be supporting them in their search for an experienced Architect to join their team in London.

Working closely with the Capital Projects and Refurbishment teams, the role of Design and Planning Manager will be responsible for design across the development lifecycle, from concepts for new acquisitions, to planning and consent of existing assets, stakeholder management, brand continuity, and project management through to completion.

This role would suit someone from an Architectural practice that has worked on a range of projects in the residential, PBSA, hotel or block building sectors. That is looking to make the jump to client-side with a progressive and forward-thinking team that will welcome new ideas and processes.

Key Role Responsibilities:

  • Statutory Planning - Overview on various planning applications and awareness of changes to local planning policies/plans making appropriate representation.
  • New Developments Feasibility - Block and mass planning of new sites for initial feasibility
  • Space planning of existing assets to establish opportunity to maximise beds and social spaces
  • Design standards - Responsible for the brand book which includes specification and look and feel.
  • Delivery - Support project teams on the delivery of developments and refurbishment projects ensuring they are delivered to the design standards. Reviewing emerging design and signing off the delivery of the projects
  • Technical design - supporting team on team design matters and emerging standards
  • Design Consultants - Manage the relationships with the various design consultants, ensuring maximum performance. Reviewing KPI scoring by the teams and providing review sessions with the consultants


  • Experience in the residential sector with PBSA exposure ideal.
  • Proven full project lifecycle delivery
  • Located in or near London

To find out more or to apply for the position, please submit your CV in Word format


Cobalt is a leading specialist recruitment provider to the Real Estate, Finance, Accounting & Banking, Construction & Engineering sectors. We recruit professionals from our offices in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific for clients ranging from large corporate organisations to niche entrepreneurial entities. Consultants at Cobalt have an impressive knowledge of their specialist sectors, often having been attracted to Cobalt directly from industry as well as from other recruitment and search consultancies.

Within Real Estate we recruit all types of professionals spanning the full property lifecycle, our Banking & Finance teams recruit Real Estate Bankers on the lending and restructuring side as well as Corporate Accounting functions and Management Accountants. The Construction & Engineering teams are technically and commercially focused, recruiting professionals in areas such as Costs and Project Management, Architecture, Town Planning and Facilities Management as well as a wide range of Engineering disciplines.

We recruit at all levels from recently qualified professional to Board Director through executive search, our market leading propriety database and advertising in leading industry publications for both permanent and interim opportunities.

Our in-depth market knowledge not only attracts top tier candidates, but also enables us to advise our clients on the most appropriate recruitment approach to take with complementary advice on remuneration and retention.

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