Building Surveyor

Location: London, UK


Purcell is seeking a talented, experienced Building Surveyor to join our team in London.

About Purcell

Purcell is a World Architecture Top 100 practice renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

We are a progressive, employee-owned practice; where you will have the ability to identify opportunities and develop staff.

Being employee-owned means that through our employee forum, our employees have a say about how the business is run. It creates increased transparency, strengthened performance and allows everyone to share in the rewards.

Our London studio is made up of a close knit, passionate and creative team, who work regionally and practice wide, celebrating their success with social events in the studio and practice.

Our benefits include agile working (3 days in office, 2 WFH), flexible working with core hours of 10am-4pm, a bonus scheme and many more benefits, including bike2work scheme. We provide a strong culture of growth with many opportunities for training and development.


The Person:

We’re looking for someone with a passion for working on historic buildings who enjoys working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and who is capable of delivering building surveying services to a high standard and to deadlines. You would be helping to expand our existing surveying offer, both regionally and nationally. It is likely to involve working on projects across the south of England and occasionally in Wales.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a wide range of important and complex projects involving some of the UK’s most significant heritage assets.



Essential: Membership of the RICS

Desirable: RICS Accredited in Building Conservation or full member of IHBC



  • Direct experience of complex repair and refurbishment projects
  • Delivery of building surveys and related services for heritage assets to the highest standards
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant technical standards and statutory requirements


  • In depth knowledge of building decay processes and repair techniques
  • Good time management skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail to ensure that recommendations are consistent and authoritative
  • Ability to interpret briefs and match resources to client needs
  • Good communication skills at all levels (internal & external)
  • Confidence in working at height from scaffolding, ladders and platforms


  • Experience of delivering surveys for public bodies and national organisations
  • Experience of using specialist or innovative surveying techniques such as drone surveys
  • Experience of environmental monitoring and non-destructive investigation techniques
  • Commercial awareness and aptitude for business development
  • Experience of cost estimating for repair projects
  • Dilapidation surveys
  • Party wall agreements


As an Equal Opportunities employer, Purcell are committed to making sure every applicant is given an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race (nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, disability, age, pregnancy or maternity or any other personal characteristics. Our Equal Opportunities Policy is available on request.


To discuss the role, please also feel free to reach out directly to Priscilla Ross in the Inclusive Recruiting team on 07740 546099 or email


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