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Heritage consultants provide expert guidance and formulate strategies to manage the heritage issues on construction sites.


Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £38,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Heritage consultants provide expert guidance and formulate strategies to manage the heritage issues on construction sites.

What they do

Heritage Consultants work to conserve heritage buildings, carrying out research into the history of a property. This is to ensure any planned work is compatible with the heritage characteristics of the building.

In consultation with building owners, architects and other professionals as part of a team, heritage consultants are advocates for the buildings they work on.

With a focus on construction, materials and any significant features of the building, they recommend ways of preserving and incorporating those heritage features into the planned reuse, renovation or restoration of the building.

What would I be doing?

In the role of Heritage Consultant, you would be:

  • Researching the history of heritage buildings
  • Considering modern building regulations and requirements when planning new work
  • Sourcing rare, traditional building materials and fixtures
  • Researching original paint colours and finishes
  • Recruiting and supervising specialist tradespeople to undertake restoration and renovation work

Hours & Salary

  • Newly qualified heritage consultants can earn in the region of £16,000 to £24,000
  • Trained with experience, heritage consultants can earn in the region of £25,000 to £37,000
  • Senior, chartered or principal heritage consultants can earn in the region of £38,000 to £69,000

Salaries depend on location, employer, qualifications and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.

As a heritage consultant, in a full-time position, you would usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. However, longer hours may be necessary depending on deadlines and workload.


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Qualifications & Training

What skills would I need for this role?

The following skills are helpful for a heritage consultant. You may possess many of these already or may want to consider developing them to help further your career:

  • Strong technical knowledge and skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a range of clients and peers in the industry
  • Knowledge of the planning process, including Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Working knowledge of relevant environmental and heritage legislation and guidance 

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Indeed

The Heritage Alliance

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

16,690 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes Heritage Consultants), every year for the period between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by a fairly even spread across East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

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