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Architectural Assistant Role

Job description

Graham Lea Architecture is a small but busy Architectural practice in Lancashire is seeking an ambitious Architectural Assistant to join the team. You will be working using CAD on small to medium size residential and commercial developments.

Ideally you will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD
  • A 2.1 or above Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in an Architectural related discipline.
  • A full UK driving licence and your own car.
  • An ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in dealing with the company’s clients and business contacts.
  • Be able to prioritise your workload to meet client deadlines.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

In return we offer the chance for you to work in a professional environment as part of a new and expanding team.

This is a full time position with salary dependent on experience. The company rewards employees whom add value to the practice.

Please submit your CV & portfolio for consideration to

Architectural Job Vacancy

We are seeking an ambitious Architectural Assistant / Technician to join our team. You will be working on small to medium size commercial and residential developments.

Ideally the suitable candidate should possess:

  • A 2.1 or above Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in an Architectural related discipline.
  • A full UK driving licence and their own car. The office is located outside of the city with good access to motorways.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to prioritise workload in a busy environment
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

In return we would offer the chance for you to work in a professional environment as part of a new and expanding team.

This is a full time position with salary negotiable for the right candidate.

Please attach your CV & portfolio to the application along with details of your experience and relevant references.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent – Part-time, Contract considered

COVID-19 Update – We’re open!

Despite current events we are still fully up and running here at Graham Lea Architecture, ready to help you with all your architectural needs. We are mostly working from home to maximise social distancing and keep our employees safe however we are still available for site visits which we believe can be done safely and effectively – you’ll just have to forgive us if we don’t shake your hand!

From everyone here at Graham Lea we wish you and your families all the best during this difficult time.

Stay safe.

Build the home of your dreams, without leaving the house!

As Covid-19 further tightens its grip on our daily lives and self isolation drives us all insane, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was not the time to be allowing an architect into your home, sitting through design meetings and starting work on your next big project. That being said, after being cooped up in a too-small house for weeks on end …might now be the time to expand? With remote working you could do it all from the safety of your own home without coming into contact with a single person. Let me explain how this can be achieved in just two easy steps.

Step one Conduct your own survey.

The normal practice at the start of any project would be an initial visit and survey requiring prolonged contact with one of our team and access to your full property. This can be avoided by guiding the client through a self-survey.

‘But I don’t have any equipment?’

All that is required to conduct a survey yourself is a pen, paper, 1-2 hours and a digital laser measure which can be picked up on amazon for less than £25 (alot less than the cost of a survey!)

Once you are ready to proceed a trained professional from our team will invite you to engage in a video phone call (or a normal phone call if you’re too comfy to change out of your pyjamas). From there we will have an in-depth chat about the project, your design aspirations and your requirements and put together a project brief. We will then guide you step-by-step through the self-survey process (it’s easy I promise). With current technology we can also view your house online and even sometimes pull existing plans from rightmove or previous planning applications!

Step two Let us take over

Once we have a survey and a design brief it’s up and away, the rest of your project can be handled by ourselves all the way from drawing up what’s there now to submitting your council application and handing over to a builder. Trust us, we got this, we’re professionals.

We will keep you updated throughout the project via the magic of the internet, sharing our proposals and inviting you to comment and make changes until together we come up with your perfect design for your dream home. We have lots of experience with councils all across Lancashire and the North west and have submitted over 300 successful applications, getting you planning permission is all part of the process. Once everyones happy we can put you in contact with trusted builders and provide detailed construction drawings allowing them to quote you for the work and get your new project booked in all without any physical interaction, keeping you and your family safe.

And boom, you’re on your way to building the house of your dreams, all without leaving the house!

If you want to talk to us about getting your project started please give us a call on 01772 463627 and we will be more than happy to help.

From all of us at Graham Lea Architecture we would like to wish you and your families all the best in this difficult time.



– John Lewis (BSc) – Architectural Assistant



Project 300!

We are pleased to announce that we have been instructed for our 300th project. 

From humble starts as a small residential oriented practice, over the past 10 years we have developed our team to provide exceptional service in both residential and commercial industries and now split our workload evenly between the two sectors. For Job 300 hundred we have been instructed by a large international company to prepare architectural services for their future investment in the UK. 

“ I am proud of the way the company has progressed in the last few years and grateful for all the hard work our staff have put in. While we still aim to provide the best service for our residential customers. I am pleased that we are now also working with national and international clients. “ 

– Graham Lea

Planning Permission Granted

We have gained planning permission for a new scheme student flat in Preston. The former Oakendale residential care home in Ashton which closed in August 2016 is ideally situated to be turned into flats for students attending the University of Central Lancashire. The demand is outstripping supply for student accommodation with private landlords always needed. This property provides a large communal house with ground floor accessible rooms, moving away from the typical high rise student accommodation springing up around the city.


New Hugo Burrito Restaurant Blackburn


Graham Lea Architecture is helping David Wilcock bring his successful market stall to the high street in Blackburn. Hoping to build on the popularity of Hugo Burrito on Blackburn Market David asked Graham Lea Architecture to draw up plans for his new restaurant. Have a look at the Lancashire Telegraph to check out more on this story

Lancashire Telegraph More than 25 jobs to come to 2 new restaurants



Re launch of Pre-Application Planning Advice from 3rd April 2017

Following on from their decision over two years ago to stop the pre-application planning advice service Preston City Council have informed us that from 3rd April this year the service will be resumed.

This will allow anyone wishing to undertake minor developments to seek advice prior to applying for planning permission to ascertain beforehand whether their application is likely to be successful.

Minor developments cover such areas as:-

  • extensions and alterations to a house;
  • advertisements;
  • telecommunications;
  • agricultural development;
  • extensions and alterations to listed buildings;
  • 1-9 dwellings;
  • developments of less than 1,000sqm floorspace or on sites of less than 1 hectare. For example retail, commercial, industrial, leisure, education, recreation and car parking.

A planning officer of the council will consider your proposal and, with advice from relevant consultees if necessary, provide you with an indication of whether your proposal is likely to receive planning permission.

The planning officer will also advise you if further information is required to support any future planning applications that you may submit.

This service is available from other councils but is set to make a welcome return to Preston next month.

If you would like any help in preparing a pre-application request for Preston or indeed any other council then please get in touch.

Further information can be found by visiting the Preston City Council website by following the link below.