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Ardent - Milton Keynes - Graduate or Newly Qualified Surveyor

Job Added: 12 December 2019

To apply:

Main Contact:
Tess Haste



Milton Keynes

Job description:

 Full Time & Permanent

Company Overview:

Ardent is the UK's leading property consultancy for land assembly and compulsory purchase projects. We are Chartered Surveyors and land referencers, based in London, Cheshire, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Birmingham supporting projects throughout the UK. Established in 1992 to provide a 'one stop shop’ for land and property matters for major infrastructure projects, our client portfolio now stretches across the UK, covering high-profile transport, energy, housing and regeneration projects.  We support projects from scheme feasibility, throughout promotion and construction and in to operation. Delivery of land on programme and budget is at the centre of our approach, together with providing clients with a flexible and responsive service, and applying our wide-ranging experience to ensure project success. Over 25 years we boast a 100% success rate of obtaining compulsory purchase powers and delivering vacant possession of land on programme. Our services include:

  • CPO/DCO/TWAO project management
  • Acquisitions and land assembly
  • Scheme development
  • Consultation and objection management
  • Valuation and compensation
  • Land referencing, plan production and notice serving
  • Acquisitions and land assembly
  • Property acquisition strategy
  • Expert witness and Lands Chamber referrals

Key Accountabilities & Job Overview:

We are looking for a Graduate Surveyor or a Newly Qualified Surveyor (however we are willing to consider applicants working towards their APC in Land & Resources) to work in our Compulsory Purchase & Consents (CP&C) Directorate.

As a compulsory purchase, land acquisition and compensation focussed company Ardent are currently the leading land advisors for DCOs having been involved in over 46 DCO projects to date. The role will be to support the provision of CPO advice to clients working on a complex portfolio of projects and will involve some travel and working from client’s offices; attending client meetings; drafting acquisition strategies; preparing property cost estimates; undertaking site visits; consulting affected parties; meeting with landowners and stakeholders; negotiating survey access and land rights, drafting various application documents; preparing and settling claims, expert witness at examination and tribunal and securing land entry.

We are looking for someone who is driven and confident and who has an emphasis on quality and attention to detail.

  • To provide a wide range of professional CPO surveying property services for the promotion and delivery of infrastructure and regeneration projects.
  • To play an active role in the delivery of projects with guidance from the appropriate Line Manager.
  • To provide guidance and advice to clients in a technical capacity, within limits of knowledge and experience, deferring to more senior colleagues where appropriate.
  • To help support the financial aspect of projects reporting to the appropriate Director with regards to project completion and invoicing.
  • Contribute to Team Meetings, reporting to Line Manager and Project Managers on resource requirements for projects and any day-to-day project or company issues.
  • Contribute to business development for the company by inputting into tenders, representing the company at functions and creating relationships with clients and other disciplines through project work.
  • Develop professional and commercial awareness and keeping abreast of work-related and industry updates.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills Required:

  • Formal qualification to degree level accredited by the RICS.
  • Ideally MRICS and or FAAV (or working towards)
  • Good Interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to a variety of audiences from clients to claimants
  • Self-motivated and proactive, able to manage time efficiently working as part of a team or in isolation and meet deadlines
  • Good commercial acumen
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and develop new skills
  • Good working knowledge of IT


  • An understanding of Compulsory Purchase Legislation & Compensation Code. DCO, TWAO or CPO experience is desirable
  • Project Management experience is advantageous

Why Ardent:

At Ardent we believe that we offer employees an unrivalled career opportunity rather than simply a job. In a fast growing organisation we train, develop and support our staff to grow and achieve the career goals they set themselves. There is no barrier to promotion. We are the industry leading team providing land advice to support DCO applications to improve the country’s infrastructure.

Ardent is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy and maternity.

See our services page on our website at for additional information.

Contact Information:

Should you be interested in hearing more about the position or wish to send your cv in, please contact Tess Haste or Kate Ramscar on or

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