Project Manager

Kettering, Northamptonshire
Consultancy fee by tender
13 Nov 2017
04 Dec 2017
Job Function
Project Manager






(Initially for 18 months; with the possibility of extension to July 2022 subject to continuation funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund)


Budget for Project Manager for Development Phase - £68,499 (exclusive of VAT).


Wicksteed Park is one of the Midlands’ best-loved parks. Since its opening in 1921, it has been firmly rooted in the philanthropic and socially responsible ideals of its founder Charles Wicksteed and it has served the people of Kettering and neighbouring communities in many diverse ways for over 80 years. As the United Kingdom’s pioneering early leisure park, it paved the way for large-scale open-air amusements, providing playgrounds and open space for local families who had no gardens of their own. Today, Wicksteed Park is an extremely popular family venue, which combines picturesque open parkland, with the unique atmosphere of a traditional English family resort.

Wicksteed Park is of huge importance to local and regional heritage and is registered Grade II on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Our Conservation Management Plan (prepared as part of the Lakes Restoration Project in 2012) rates the Park as having high significance in a National context, and in terms of Charles Wicksteed’s influence on children’s play, very high significance at the international level. The Park has great value to the local community and is used by many local organisations for events. The Trust runs an education programme, which involves a number of schools from the County, with up to 1,400 children attending events in any one-day.

As a key part of regeneration proposals for the Park, the Trust is developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Heritage Grants Programme, with a total project value of about £2.4m. This will be the Second Stage of the regeneration programme, following the completion of the Lakes Regeneration Project. The Trust already has Round 1 approval (based on a contribution from the HLF of £1.7m). The bid will include proposals for restoration of the Park’s historic landscape and refurbishment of Park buildings to provide new learning and heritage play facilities.

Job Objective

To manage and ensure delivery of the ‘@Play – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ Project from commencement of the Development Phase to post construction on behalf of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust in compliance with the terms and conditions of contract with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are seeking to appoint a Project Manager for the whole project with a break clause at the end of the Development Phase, Round 2 submission. The extension of the contract to cover the Delivery Phase will therefore be subject to continuation of HLF funding.

It is important that the Project Manager will give their full commitment to this project. The post would particularly suit an independent individual or consultant with appropriate experience of heritage projects who could devote their full time to the work at Wicksteed Park. Nevertheless it might be possible to make a similar arrangement with a consultant currently employed as part of a wider practice.

The successful candidate will have:

< >Direct relevant experience of project management (PRINCE 2 or similar) and community engagement

Knowledge of Historic Landscape and building conservation

Professional knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues

A relevant professional qualification is highly desirable

Excellent communication skills: clear, effective and authoritative in spoken communication, high standard of written English, able to state a case clearly, logically and concisely.

Good standard of numeracy and able to interpret and present complex information.

Good interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills, capable of dealing with both internal and external contacts at senior levels.IT skills including Microsoft Office and Project.