Our Planning graduates sit within our wider Planning and Development team. There are no rotations, but graduates work with various Partners, gaining as much exposure to different projects and clients as possible. Planning graduates complete the APC process as outlined by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). We aim to get you chartered in 2 years (more if you are on the Apprenticeship route or need to become a Licentiate still), during which time you will need to prepare and complete a practical experience statement (PES), professional competence statement (PCS) and professional development plan (PDP).
To be eligible to sit your Licentiate APC to become chartered, you must:
Our Planning & Development team is one of the most respected in the UK.
More than 100 people strong, based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we offer one of the largest integrated teams in our sector. We remain at the forefront of policy making and our unrivalled knowledge of central and local government planning systems ensures our clients receive first class, impartial advice and innovative, intelligent solutions to meet their objectives. We have a blue-chip client base and work hard to create long-term, enduring relationships that will generate added value for our clients. We are a highly experienced, personable team with real depth of skill, knowledge, innovation commitment and resource.
From your very first day, you’ll be given plenty of responsibility, working on real projects. You will work closely with other members of the team and will be responsible for a range of tasks from monitoring planning applications, evolving policy documents, undertaking planning appraisals, assisting with planning appeals and more. At the same time, you’ll be studying for your APC and will have the support of an assigned mentor and your pastoral group. We work hard to get you through your APC as quickly and painlessly as possible.
You will be given a permanent contract from day one. Upon qualification there is no set timetable for your career progression as it depends on the individual’s experience, talent and capability. The typical career path from graduate to Partner is: Assistant Planning Consultant > Planning Consultant > Senior Planning Consultant > Associate > Senior Associate > Partner.
Some of you may excel with numbers, others with words, others with people and so on; there is no perfect candidate with the perfect set of skills.
What we do ask successful candidates to show is enthusiasm, a desire to work in the industry and most of all a willingness to learn and expand their skills and knowledge. Each person is unique so play to your strengths whilst acknowledging your areas for development. We will equip you through on-the-job learning, as well as training days to develop both your business and technical skills.
At the end of the day, what our people do is sell advice, so we also want to see people with opinions and ideas about what is happening within the real estate industry. It’s important we feel social connections at work, so whilst we want to see your passion for real estate, we also want to understand what motivates and interests you as an individual. So, whether that be a passion for sustainability, wellbeing, diversity, helping younger generations, or even for a sport, the theatre or some other hobby, we want to hear about it. Be your true self, that’s the only person we want to meet.
If you like Gerald Eve and wish to apply, we look forward to receiving your application. Our process is very straightforward:
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact [email protected]
Nova, Victoria, London
Gerald Eve secured permission for three planning applications on behalf of Land Securities plc for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Nova site, covering 2.5 ha in the heart of Victoria.
The £1.1bn development comprises approximately 130,000 sq m including nearly 85,000 sq m of offices, 1,200 sq m of shops, cafes and restaurants, 170 private and 35 affordable residential units together with a new library for Westminster.
The development also includes major new north/south and east/west pedestrian routes and facilitates the dispersal of buses from the congested Victoria bus station. It also includes the construction of Transport for London’s Victoria Station Upgrade proposal and significantly enhances public realm.
Gerald Eve led negotiations with Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority and other key stakeholders. The scheme is one of the largest ever submitted to Westminster City Council.
Corporate Real Estate, Agency, Business Rates, Valuation & Planning
Bank of England
In 2019 Gerald Eve were appointed by the Bank of England to provide Estate Professional Services across the UK. This encompasses a broad spectrum of advice and involves multiple departments across the firm at any given time.
The Bank’s property portfolio ranges from their Grade I* listed City of London Headquarters, which has almost as much space below ground as it does above, to its regional offices, where the Bank’s representatives gather the consensus of the nation to inform the Monetary Policy Committee, and everything in between. This includes the Printing works for production all of the UK’s bank notes and 28 acres of leafy suburban London, which houses the Bank of England Sports Ground.
Lorelle joined the Gerald Eve’s graduate scheme in September 2014 and qualified two years later. As part of the rotational graduate scheme, Lorelle worked in the Commercial Valuation, Business Rates, Development and Corporate Property Management teams enabling her to work with numerous people and on a variety of projects. Upon qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, Lorelle was offered a job in the Planning and Development team where she works on a range of interesting projects for many high profile clients.
While studying and training for the APC, I was able to attend workshops and presentations both internally and externally to ensure I was fully prepared for the entire process.
Rosie joined Gerald Eve in Autumn 2018 as a Planning graduate, having graduated from Reading University earlier that year. Halfway through her RTPI APC, Rosie decided she would like to become dual-qualified and has since enrolled to complete her RICS APC as well.
Working as a graduate has given me exposure to a range of projects, including high-profile central London redevelopment schemes. This has provided me with a wide breadth of experience to contribute towards my APC.