Ashwood Design Associates Ltd operates from a small friendly studio in Carlisle, consisting of a multi-disciplinary team with a high range of capabilities. We work together offering the following services on projects of any size and type.:

  • Architectural Design,
  • Project Management,
  • Construction Design and Management (CDM),
  • Technical Design,
  • Project Safety,
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM),
  • Surveying,

We enjoy forming relationships with our clients to enable us to work closely together, ensuring projects are delivered to meet their needs and aspirations. We use intelligent design technologies to aid us in illustrating 3D designs to clients and other bodies within the construction team, working collaboratively to achieve the best possible designs and solutions for your needs.

We endeavour to keep our IT hardware and software up to date with the latest forms of technology to aid in design and project delivery. We utilise the latest versions of Autodesk AutoCAD and REVIT as well as Microsoft Office applications including Project to assist us when managing projects.

Our key IT infrastructure is hosted on the cloud to allow us flexibility in using mobile technology to access vital information when out of the office in meetings or on site. We find it incredibly useful to have thousands of drawings, documents and models on a mobile device wherever we are.

We have integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) into our practice allowing us to collaborate with other consultants to create a virtual building in its own environment with rich format data. This process of creating a building within its own environment allows the design process to identify circumstances that may not have become apparent with two dimensional (2D) drawing techniques, creating clarity and a reduction in errors.

‘BIM processes revolve around virtual models that make it possible to share information throughout the entire building industry. These virtual models are embedded with data which, when shared among design team members, greatly reduces errors and improves facilities. BIM offers owners the ability to become more efficient and effective by linking their business processes with their facilities.’ Jernigan (2009, p.24-25)

Ashwood Design Associates Ltd has a significant breadth of experience in architecture across Cumbria and the UK. We have worked on a vast array of projects over the years, working with private clients, developers, investors and a diverse range of small to large organisations within the following sectors:

  • residential,
  • commercial,
  • industrial,
  • retail,
  • leisure and community,
  • healthcare,
  • ecclesiastical

We also have extensive experience of working within the food industry and associated process and manufacturing industries offering a number of our services as required.


In addition to our portfolio of private architecture clients below is a selection of some of our
current and recent clients:

  • 2 Sisters Food Group
  • Annan Properties
  • Belted Burgers
  • Brodies of Moffat
  • BSW Timber
  • Calder Foods (Manufacturing) Ltd
  • Caledonian Cheese Company Ltd
  • Carlisle City FC
  • Carlisle Estates Ltd
  • Cavaghan & Gray Group
  • Cumbrian Homes Ltd
  • Dumfriesshire Newspapers
  • Edinburgh Woollen Mill
  • Forestry Purposes LLP
  • Grandma Wilds Biscuits
  • Grange Quarry Ltd
  • Greencroft Medical Centre
  • Greencore Food To Go
  • Greencore Prepared Meals
  • Hayton Construction Ltd
  • Iain Carruthers Construction
  • ICM Developments Ltd
  • Innovia Films
  • James Walker Group
  • James Kidner Opticians
  • Lactalis
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Lochmaben Church
  • Lockerbie Ice Rink
  • Lockerbie Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre Trust
  • Longburgh Swimming Pool
  • Magnus Homes Ltd
  • M&S Engineering Ltd
  • Manse Furnishings
  • MAT Industrial
  • McVities UK
  • Nestle UK Ltd
  • NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • North Associates
  • Northern Developments
  • Parripak
  • Pironi Construction Ltd
  • Pladis Global
  • Pork Farms Palethorpes
  • Powfoot Golf Club
  • Presbytery of Annandale & Eskdale
  • Quay Shop Fitters
  • Safe Door Ltd
  • Salads to Go
  • Solway DAF
  • Story Contracting Ltd
  • Strawberry Howe Nursery
  • The Devils Porridge
  • United Biscuits (UK) Ltd
  • Vitapoint Properties