Where is Moseley Conservation Area?

Here’s the web page with the map. If you are between Cannon Hill Park and Church Road, Park Hill and Moor Green Lane, then there is a good chance that you are in Moseley Conservation Area. If you want work done under permitted development in this area, there are restrictions – you can email the council to find out what they are at planningandregenerationenquiries@birmingham.gov.uk – or you can ask me to do it for you. Most of the frontages are restricted but you might be able to get permitted development work done to the sides and rear of your house if they are not seen from the street. You can still get work done to the front – you will just need to obtain planning permission.

Kings Heath Architect is hiring

Things are pretty busy here at Kings Heath Towers and I would like to give a special person the opportunity to work their magic on my clients. If you are a part qualified architect who would like to go all the way this could be the opportunity for you.

About the shop

The practice is a micro practice based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Nearly all the clients are end users and the projects are small or very small. We provide a full service from initial evaluation to post practical completion. There are no airports or motorway service stations in the portfolio and almost everything is in Kings Heath.

Your responsibilities

Your first and most important task is to charm the pants off everybody you meet. You can get the builder to cut his price and feel like you are doing him a favour. You can tell the client he is over budget and fire his enthusiasm for the project at the same time. You can find the building control officer’s sense of humour and you make the engineer think it was his idea. Every person you relate to with regard to the practice leaves with an overwhelmingly positive impression of you and the practice. The business reputation is my most important asset and the key to its future prosperity – and everybody knows everybody.

Your second responsibility will be to deliver a full architectural service to my clients – you will meet the client and talk about their ideas, take the surveys, draw up the sketch design options and advise the client. You will design the project up to planning, make the technical design and obtain building regulations consent, you will prepare the tender package and tender the project. When the project is on site you will administer the contract and deal with any issues to make sure that everybody is happy – whatever happens. If you think you will be bored, you might not be the person for this job. Don’t worry, I will help you – but you will have to learn to work fast and to a standard that will impress.

Your third responsibility is to set your own agenda for personal achievement. As a minimum I expect you to aim to qualify as an architect by September 2015, but I also want to hear your ideas for development of yourself and the business. You will be expected to keep the part 3 logbook and attend a suitable course. You will be given time to do this.

Is this you?

I am thinking of a part 2, but if you have a bit more or less experience, tell me why you might be the one.

If you think that you might be the right person for the job, or you want to have a crack at it, or just find out more about it, please fill in the contact form below. You can add a message in the box. I will send you my email address so you can forward your CV. The preferred applicants will be asked to attend an interview with their portfolios, not just the fancy renders either, I need to see your sketchbooks too. Do not attempt to show me a Powerpoint!

If you need to flex for childcare or other reasons, just ask me – it’s not like other practices. Candidates living in or near Kings Heath will have an advantage.


Station Road – more progress

For the Station Road project the client was looking for a loft room but had low headroom in loft and a stair running between the front and back room. So the room I have designed is a half loft. We put new stairs above the old and leave the front part of the roof space as a loft storage space. The new room at the back of the house is full width as the stairs are out of the way and we find the headroom by dropping the ceiling in the back bedroom and hallway. The front bedroom still keeps its high ceiling and character. I have stolen a corner of the storage loft for a roof light, so a little light trickles down the stairs into the middle of the house. We are due to complete on site on the 13th of June when I will issue the practical completion certificate if I am satisfied that the works are complete. The contractor has done an excellent job so far and I expect an early completion.

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