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Forestry Commission - Hampshire - Building Surveyor

Job Added: 08 January 2019

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Forestry Commission

Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Job description:

South England Forest District is part of the wider Forestry Commission - the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. We manage 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across southern England including the New Forest.

We’re looking for a Building Surveyor to be a part of this and help shape a built estate which is able to match our stunning natural environment.

South England Forest District

The diverse property portfolio we manage may be less obvious than the trees we grow but it is just as vital in delivering our objectives. You will be:

  • helping to manage two large visitor centres - Moors Valley and Alice Holt – which help host 20 million annual day visitors
  • leading a small team in maintaining and developing a built estate which includes offices, deer larders and commercial yards housing our operational teams together with a let portfolio consisting of agricultural holdings, commercial premises and 86 cottages.

The role is based in Lyndhurst but covers the whole district, working alongside a wider Estates Department. You will be responsible for achieving best value for the District, providing colleagues with the work environment they need to deliver whilst driving forward the financial and environmental sustainability of our assets.

Building Surveyor

Taking a key role in the Estates Team, you will be tasked with delivering a high standard of professional property services, including planning and monitoring programmes of work across our whole estate. Ensuring we are complying with all statutory regulations and internal guidelines, you will also see to it that all planned and emergency works fall within budget and are completed to your specifications. Your sharp business acumen will prove crucial when ensuring that value for money is being achieved, particularly when balancing your annual capital and revenue budgets.

Key Work Areas

To thrive in this enticing role, you will have the ability to work collaboratively with a number of stakeholders such as colleagues in other teams and those occupying the properties.

As a Chartered Surveyor (or working towards achieving this status with either RICS or CIOB), you will also have construction experience gained at management level, with the ability to analyse a variety of building related issues and procure services.

You will have developed detailed specifications and solutions to provide optimum whole life outcomes.

We will also expect you to have good IT skills whilst knowledge of water supply regulations and renewable technologies would be advantageous.

Benefits to working for the Forestry Commission

  • Attractive working environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to 10.5 days public and privilege days
  • CPD and professional membership support
  • Access to further CPD resources including Civil Service Learning as a member of the Government Property Profession

To learn more about this exciting role and to find out how to apply please visit the Civil Service Jobs website at

The deadline for applications is 20th January 2019.

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