Graduate Access Consultant
At Arup, we design and deliver ground-breaking icons through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we’re a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.
Designing inclusively provides buildings and landscapes that are accessible for all users and maximises independence for disabled people. Our Accessible Environments team works with clients to incorporate inclusive design into their schemes by providing best practice guidance and practical solutions.
Accessible design meets minimum codes, for example a ramp to provide access to a building for wheelchair users.
Inclusive design allows people to experience and access buildings and facilities in an equal manner – so if this ramp is at the back of the building, away from the entrance, then this is not inclusive. An automatic sliding door that allows everyone to access the building through the same entry point is inclusive.
Our Accessible Environments team’s inclusive approach includes consultation and engagement with disability user groups, as well as reference to ongoing research and industry-related guidance papers that suggest good practice.
The principles of an inclusive design address the needs of all users, not only disabled people, and will include the following user groups:
- Individuals with mobility, sight, comprehension or hearing disabilities
- The multigenerational population (including children and older people)
- People with temporary injuries
- People with phobias (such as heights and confined spaces)
- People whose movement may be encumbered in any way i.e. pregnant women or people with young children
We work collaboratively with the project teams, enabling inclusive design to be an integral part of our solutions. Working as a multi-disciplinary team allows us to work with a variety of people, on a wide variety of complex projects, including a wide range of existing and new build sites containing elements such as residential, commercial, education and sports, from concept to tender phase, construction and hand over.
Key recent projects include:
- Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate
- Various venues and parklands (including Eton Manor, the Copper Box and the Orbit) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Singapore National Stadium
- One Hyde Park in London
- The refurbishment of the iconic Lloyd’s of London building
About the role
We have an opportunity for a Graduate Access Consultant to join our existing Accessible Environments team for this unique multi-disciplinary practice in London.
You’ll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you’ll have a great deal of responsibility from day one, we’ll give you the chance to take on more as you progress and broaden your skills. you will initially shadow the team to learn the skills necessary to become an Access Consultant, with a mixture of work experience, research and through your attendance of courses and conferences.
Working with our senior consultants, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about inclusive design, develop skills and subsequently work on your own projects.
We are considering applicants with a variety of experience, and this should be outlined clearly in your application.
The nature of the work is such that you could be working on several projects at the same time. Keeping up to date with new guidance documents and changes within the world of accessibility is essential to this role. This can be by means of professional publications highlighted by organisations such as the Access Association and the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), as well as attendance of relevant external and in-house courses and conferences. We work globally, so familiarisation of legislation and guidance documents from the relevant regions will also be required going forward.
You will work alongside experts in architectural and daylighting design on a wide range of national and international projects.
The role involves:
- Assessing design proposals and communicating findings to the project team (verbal, written / mark ups)
- Assessing existing buildings and/or procedures and recommending remedial works
- Assisting the production of project related correspondence and reports
- Co-ordinating work with designers and engineers of other disciplines
- Attend design team meetings and present / record design outcomes
- Supporting competitions and bids to tender for new work
- Project and team administration duties (including upkeep of social media account for team)
What we look for
We’re looking for graduates who are passionate about accessibility and inclusive design in the built environment, with excellent planning and organisation skills. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the social impacts of inclusive design, and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we’d like to hear from you.
We’re looking for the following qualifications, attributes and skills:
- The most important quality for this role is that you are passionate about accessibility and inclusive design in the built environment
- Qualifications and experience in architectural-related or disability-related topics is beneficial, but not essential
- Subjects such as Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Psychology, General Engineering, Engineering Science, Human Factors, Law, Public Policy, Social Science, Town Planning, and Urban Design are all relevant
- Ability to work in large multi-disciplinary teams as well as more independently in small groups
- Ability to prioritise workload, work under pressure and meet strict deadlines is essential
- Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), essential for team-based working
- Ability to think creatively to assist teams in reaching holistic, co-ordinated solutions
- Highly motivated and willing to take on new challenges. We would support knowledge and experience to move towards accreditation and registration with the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC)
What we offer
There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You’ll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including:
- A competitive salary and welcome bonus
- Profit share scheme
- A comprehensive package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
- An interesting and varied workload where you’ll make a tangible difference to the world
- A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
- A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
- The support you need to develop your career through professional accreditation and training
The deadline for applications is 14th November 2017. Our week-long Graduate Welcome Event will take place in September 2018. Whilst on occasion we may be flexible with our start dates, we would ask that the successful candidates join their peers for this event.
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