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  • Alistair Baines

    Chairman, Architect

    alistairbaines@cassidyashton.co.uk

    Alistair joined the practice in 1988 having graduated from the University of Manchester, School of Architecture. He was awarded a partnership in 2002 and appointed Chairman in 2014.

    Whilst the majority of his portfolio is in the education sector he has a wide ranging experience including sports and leisure, defence, commercial and retail and ecclesiastical and heritage. In support of his specialist knowledge in education at all levels Alistair has served as a school governor since 1997 (Arnold School, Blackpool now AKS Lytham) and is Chair of the Buildings and Facilities Committee.

    Based on the Fylde Coast and having delivered several significant projects in the area he has helped the Practice secure a number of  awards for excellence in design notably with the Blackpool Civic Trust.

    Alistair firmly believes that customer care is the foundation of the Practice’s success and places great emphasis on a personable and friendly approach. Theodore Roosevelt once said “nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”.

    Alistair Baines

    Chairman, Architect

    alistairbaines@cassidyashton.co.uk

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  • Philip Gornall

    Director, Chartered Building Surveyor

    Phil joined the Practice as an under-graduate Building Surveyor in 1988, whilst studying on the RICS accredited building surveyors’ degree course at UCLan. He graduated from University and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 1994.

    In 1997, Phil was awarded Associateship of the practice with the responsibility for the management and development of the building surveying division of the Preston office. This appointment enabled him to further develop the education, Ecclesiastical, commercial and residence arm of the practice, and forge links with commercial agents, diocese property managers and residential property owners.

    Philip Gornall

    Director, Chartered Building Surveyor

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  • Peter Harris

    Director, Architect

    After attending Stretford Grammar School, Peter began work in a small architectural practice in Manchester, where he was employed as an architectural assistant for five years. During this period, Peter attended day release courses at Manchester Building College and became a qualified architectural technician, providing a sound technical basis for informing building designs. This led to being accepted on the B.A. Architecture course at the University of Central England in Birmingham, where Peter achieved the qualifications of B.A. (Hons) Architecture, Post Graduate Diploma, MA in Architecture, and ultimately ARIBA. Peter joined C+A in 1997 and has since worked on a wide range of commercial, retail, residential, education, community and leisure-related projects. Later in 2001 Peter became an Associate Partner in 2001.

    Since 1997, Peter has lived in the South Lakes area and has become involved in a number of projects across Cumbria and the Lake District, Northumberland and North Yorkshire. This has helped provide a new geographical range to the C+A area of works, which now stretches across the UK. Peter has experience of dealing with English Heritage and other interested parties in both historically sensitive and high impact proposals, including Grade 1 listed buildings.

    Peter Harris

    Director, Architect

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  • Dave Owen

    Director, Chartered Building Surveyor

    Dave is a Director of the C+A Group and has been working as a building surveyor since 1998, and has been a member of RICS since 2002. He has been involved in all aspects of surveying from building and defect surveys through to new-build and refurbishment projects. Dave established and developed Cassidy + Ashton’s Chester and Mold offices, where he has been managing the building surveying projects since 2006. His main areas of specialism are design and management of refurbishment works, defect analysis, project management and disabled access reports/works. Dave consistently meets clients’ deadlines and delivers results through close client contact, consistent management procedures, expertise and good customer relationship.

    Dave has a wealth of experience completing both new-build and refurbishment projects for major clients in the commercial, education, healthcare and private sectors. He is also an approved Principal Designer and CDM adviser to clients. 

    Dave Owen

    Director, Chartered Building Surveyor

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  • Alban Cassidy

    Director, Town Planner

    As a Chartered Town Planner and a Chartered Environmentalist, Alban qualified in 1992 and has since gone on to work on a huge variety of projects from urban extensions, to major transport projects and the occasional gritty appeal. The 1,400 dwelling Whyndyke Farm project is a particular source of pride but Alban is equally comfortable working on renewable energy projects, having obtained consent for one of the first combined solar farm and landfill gas projects in the country, urban regeneration or community schemes.

    His experience covers all sectors including residential, commercial, retail, educational and leisure developments. Married to Marie-Louise with whom he has had three children, Alban enjoys his time away from the office with his family whilst also enjoying birding, travel, the occasional run and the odd pint of real ale.

     

    Alban Cassidy

    Director, Town Planner

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  • Chris Taylor

    Director, Architect

    Chris Taylor joined the practice in 2001 and qualified with distinction as an Architect in 2005. In 2015 he became a Director of the Practice and over the years gained considerable experience mainly in Aviation, Commercial, Education and Healthcare projects up to £15million. He enjoys the role of Social Secretary at C+A and proud of his two children who know how to spend his money!

    Chris Taylor

    Director, Architect

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  • Lawrence Mcburney

    Director, Architect

    Lawrence first joined the Practice in 2000 shortly after completing his first honours degree at Queens University in Belfast and prior to finishing his studies at John Moore’s University in Liverpool. In 2007 he became an Associate with a particular interest in advancing the quality and level of design at the practice. As an outstanding project leader his role on developments is to work with all the ‘team’ to ensure a very high standard of design is provided integrating architectural, environmental, structural and financial requirements.

    Lawrence brings an architectural passion, drive and desire to provide first-class developments tailored to the context of the site and the client’s vision. He has substantial educational experience at delivering modern, exciting facilities that drive forward advancement in educational teaching and is very keen to see good quality architecture help influence and accommodate the modern and changing needs of society. His experience covers a broad spectrum of sectors including educational, commercial, residential and industrial.

    Recent examples of his involvement include the shortlisting for the RIBA International Design Competition for Preston Bus Station, the Riley Centre at Bolton School and refurbishment of the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

    Lawrence Mcburney

    Director, Architect

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  • Guy Evans

    Director, Town Planner

    Guy joined C+A’s Chester office in 2009 as a Chartered Town Planner with 20 years’ experience in private consultancy, during which time he has project managed an extensive number of planning applications of varying scale and covering all market sectors. His role as Lead Planner sees him prepare all necessary supporting planning documentation, inclusive of Environmental Statements and manage an extensive range of sub-consultants. With a Masters in Environmental Planning from Liverpool John Moores University behind him he cut his teeth in the Professional Services Division of a commercial and residential agency on the south coast.

    In 2004 he moved to Cheshire to take on a lead role in the western region Planning team of Carter Jonas, a national firm of property consultants. With a solid understanding of urban design and experienced in the masterplan process for major sites, Guy is also well versed in the strategic promotion of land through the Development Plan process, inclusive if sustainability analysis, written representations and appearance at Examination and subsequent application process.

    Away from the office Guy enjoys the occasional round of golf and getting out on his bike. The latter spurred him on to be part of a relay team for a triathlon sprint event at Media City, which ended up raising over £1,400 for a Chester-based charity. Guy is also a Governor at Malpas Alport Primary School.

     

    Guy Evans

    Director, Town Planner

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  • Michael Hartley

    Consultant Architect

    Michael joined the practice as a Chartered Architect in 1978 having previously worked for Lancashire County Council.

    He became an Equity Partner in 1986, and was elected as Senior Partner in April, 2004.

    Michael is also a RIBA Accredited Specialist Conservation Architect, recognised by English Heritage to carry out grant aided projects to listed buildings.

    Michael has worked on a varied portfolio of projects during his career including: Educational, ecclesiastical, residential, recreational, commercial, retail and defence projects. In more recent years, he has developed a considerable experience in both education and conservation based projects.

    His major clients include: Blackburn Diocese, Liverpool Archdiocese, Salford Diocese, Lancaster Diocese, The Methodist Church, University of Central Lancashire, Stonyhurst College, BAE Systems, Tesco plc, and Brookhouse plc.

    Michael is appointed as:
    •  RIBA Assessor to the Conservation Register.
    •  Cathedral Architect at the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist.
    •  Architect to Stonyhurst College, and St Mary’s Hall, Clitheroe.
    •  Area Surveyor to Liverpool Archdiocese in Lancashire.
    •  A member of the Historic Churches Committee for the North West.

    Michael Hartley

    Consultant Architect

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  • Neil Aaron

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

    Neil joined the practice at the age of 18 in 1985 having completed a BTEC HNC in building studies and was promoted to Associate in charge of technical development throughout the group in 2000. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

    He has worked on both public and private sector projects over the years with major clients such as BAe Systems, Tesco and Lancashire County Council. Neil brings an enthusiasm to challenge and drive forward modern methods of construction within the practice. His technical experience and project leadership is second to none with a committed desire to drive forward standards.

     
     

    Neil Aaron

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Susan McBain

    Associate, Architect

    Susan joined C+A in January 2015 as an associate, and brings with her more than 10 years of experience of delivering projects across all sectors within the industry. Susan enjoys the challenge of taking projects from inception to completion. Working closely with the client to realise their aspirations, she takes pride in delivering inspiring, yet cost effective solutions, tailored to their specific needs and the opportunities afforded by the site. She has a keen interest in conservation and reuse, and is currently working to achieve Conservation Architect status.

    Outside work, Susan enjoys spending time with her two young children, taking them for walks in the countryside, exploring her love for photography and making birthday cakes.

    Susan McBain

    Associate, Architect

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  • Jason Short

    Associate, Building Surveyor

    Jason was a qualified engineer before switching professions to Building Surveying, he joined the practice in 2004 after working at two other companies following his graduation from the University of Central Lancashire in 2002. He has a keen interest in Building Conservation delivering several key projects over the years, one of which was runner up in the RICS conservation awards. His ability to strengthen relationship with existing clients as well as attracting new business to the practice has made him a key member of the Building Surveying team. Outside of work Jason spends most of his time with his partner and two daughters and still has an interest in engineering, although it’s mainly to do with cars! He has helped repair and restore friends and families cars as well as building a Caterham Seven a few years back.

    Jason Short

    Associate, Building Surveyor

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  • Ian Woods

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

    Ian joined the practice in 1984 and has progressed from trainee technician to associate senior technologist. He has worked in a varied array of fields, including leisure, education and housing. Major clients he has worked with include BAE, Tesco and Punch Taverns. His technical experience has helped in assisting many of the junior technical staff through their educational studies.

    Presently Ian is the Senior Technical advisor to Stonyhurst College, liaising closely with the client in all aspects of new build and maintenance of the Grade I / II Listed buildings

    Ian Woods

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Neil Dermott

    Associate

    Neil joined C+A in 2004 and has played an integral part in developing the commercial and retail client base. Neil has secured work with all major UK retailers and is equally focussed on private developers. His major successes have been in the commercial sector where Neil has received awards for urban design. Neil is also experienced in all aspects of residential design, from bespoke homes to large-scale developments. Key Attributes; Conceptual design Masterplanning Retail and residential design.

    Neil Dermott

    Associate

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  • Abigail Owen

    Architect

    A charted Architect since 2013, Abigail studied part-time offering both professional and academic advantages. Abigail has a creative eye for detail and a notable success in the ability of communicating ideas through free hand sketch; bringing the concept to life and designing in a unique way. Abigail is passionate about the Macro and Micro scales of architecture, addressing the client’s needs and integrating design with strong connections to local surroundings.

    Outside of architecture Abigail enjoys an active life of mountain walks, a new love of yoga and her biggest commitment rowing. Abigail has set up a young professionals networking group in Chester called ‘Chester’s Up and Coming’ which has been successfully running since January 2013 on a monthly basis.

     
     

    Abigail Owen

    Architect

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  • Ben Llewellin

    Architectural Technologist

    Ben joined C+A in 2007 whilst studying part time at UCLan in Architectural Technology and graduated in 2012 as an Architectural Technologist. He has worked on a wide range of projects from all kinds of sectors which have helped gain valuable construction knowledge enabling him to work from initial design through to completion.

    Outside of work Ben is a keen cricketer, enjoys keeping fit and cooking.

     

    Ben Llewellin

    Architectural Technologist

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  • Carl Myerscough

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    Carl joined C+A in 2000 having previously spent eight years at a very small practice specialising in dwelling alterations. Since joining, Carl has completed numerous education projects, several churches, car showrooms, several heritage projects, such as the Grand Theatre in Blackpool and various healthcare projects, such as alterations and extensions at St Catherine’s Hospice, both in CAD and Revit.

    Carl is a keen photographer and enjoys walking, cycling, and you can often find him browsing record shops and fairs hunting for rare CDs and vinyl to add to his collection.

    Carl Myerscough

    Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Claire Parker

    Assistant Planning Consultant

    Claire joined C+A on work experience in the summer of 2012 during which time she concluded a Masters of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. Later in June 2013 Claire then accepted the role of an Assistant Planning Consultant within the practice and provides assistance & support in the preparation and submission of a variety of planning applications, appeals and other work for a number of clients. Claire is currently a Licentiate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with a view to completing her MRTPI and becoming a Chartered Member in the near future.

    Claire Parker

    Assistant Planning Consultant

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  • Chris Homer

    Architectural Assistant

    Chris has over 12 years practical experience within the profession and has worked on an extensive list of projects at the local, national and international levels during this time. 

    As a strong proponent of the holistic nature of design, Chris has always sought to combine his working career with academic endeavours and as such is currently working towards his professional qualification. “This allows me to keep up to date with cutting edge ideas and theories within academia and bring the best bits into practice whilst on the flip-side, it gives my theoretical projects a basis in reality.” 

    Chris brought with him a with a strong background in social housing when he joined the practice in 2013 and has since expanded his knowledge to include a broad range of sectors from education and commercial to bespoke domestic and retail schemes and has a particular interest in master planning and urban design. 

    When not immersed in design, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, photography & climbing.

     
     

    Chris Homer

    Architectural Assistant

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  • Emily Lloyd

    Apprentice Technician

    Emily recently started working at C+A and is keen to learn more about what happens within the company. Emily is currently attending Mid-Cheshire College on day release course in Level 3 Advanced Engineering. In her spare time Emily enjoys seeing family & friends and also likes going abroad to the sunny weather, whilst in winter weather Emily is a keen snowboarder!

     

    Emily Lloyd

    Apprentice Technician

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  • Frank McCabe

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

    Frank joined C+A in 2005 after working for several North West practices. After qualifying with a first class honours degree from the University of Central Lancashire he went on to be accepted as a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist’s in 2010.

    Over the years, Frank has run and overseen many of the practices most significant and complex projects and has developed an excellent working knowledge of construction and project management skills. Frank prides himself on ensuring clients expectations are met whilst always ensuring all elements of a project from inception to completion are coordinated and delivered to the highest standard.

    Frank McCabe

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Hannah Jones

    Architectural Assistant

    Hannah joined C+A in 2015, following completing her Masters of Architecture at The University of Liverpool, where she graduated with first class honours. Her final thesis project was a masterplan for elderly and dementia care, from which Hannah has a particular passion for ‘dementia-friendly’ design. Since starting at C+A, she has worked on a large variety of different projects, most notably within the health and primary education sectors. Hannah is looking to undertake her Part III in 2017, as the final stage in qualifying as an architect.

    In her spare time Hannah enjoys baking cakes, walks in wales, cheese & wine nights with friends, and exploring new cities and countries.

     

    Hannah Jones

    Architectural Assistant

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  • Heidi Stringer

    Secretary

    Heidi started working for the company in December 2013 and ensures the Chester office is running smoothly day-to-day! Outside work Heidi is a social butterfly who values spare time with friends and family and the occasional glass of wine. As a huge music fan, mainly rock and metal, she also enjoys going to the cinema to catch the latest films and making the most of her Netflix subscription.

    Heidi Stringer

    Secretary

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  • Ian Riches

    MCIAT and Chartered Architectural Technologist’

    Ian joined C+A in 2003 whilst studied at UCLan for his BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology. Whilst at C+A has continued to develop his skills having gained a strong technical background and varied experience enabling him to manage the design process from initial concepts through to full detailed solutions.

    Key Attributes: Technical translation of the design concept; Ensures the Clients expectations are met; Co-ordinates all construction issues.

    Ian Riches

    MCIAT and Chartered Architectural Technologist’

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  • Jessica Campbell

    Architectural Technologist

    Jessica joined C+A part-time in 2013 whilst studying Architectural Technology at UCLan and went full-time in June 2015 when she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree . Working in both AutoCAD and Revit, Jess is part of the team helping to implement Revit as a tool of BIM in to the practice.

    Currently working towards becoming a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist’s, Jess is gaining experience in a variety of projects along the way. Outside of the practice Jess enjoys traveling, attending music festivals and generally spending time with friends and family.

     
     

    Jessica Campbell

    Architectural Technologist

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  • Joe Walmsley

    Graduate Building Surveyor

    Joe joined C+A in March 2015 as a Graduate Building Surveyor after achieving a 1st class honours degree at the University of Central Lancashire. He has recently started working towards achieving Chartered status with the RICS and has experience mainly working within the educational sector.

    Prior to University, Joe lived in Québec, Canada, where he became a professional ski coach with the CSIA/AMSC, CSCF and CADS. Joe is also a keen golfer, with previous associations with Lancashire Golf. Outside of work, Joe enjoys an active lifestyle with his friends and family, and partakes in various activities including playing the Piano, Cycling, Running and Swimming.

     
     

    Joe Walmsley

    Graduate Building Surveyor

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  • Keith Wagner

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    Keith joined the practice in April 1999 & has gained vast technical experience in most aspects of construction; working in the education, retail, commercial, residential, industrial & defence sectors. He works on both the AutoCAD & Revit platforms & is assisting in the implementation of BIM standards within the business.

    Away from the office, Keith enjoys spending time with his family & is a qualified archery coach & a Scout Leader.

     
     
     
     

    Keith Wagner

    Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Nick Szpunar

    Chartered Building Surveyor

    Nick is a Building Surveyor with experience mainly in the Education sector. Originally Nick started his career in the Rail industry starting out as a Trainee Technical Engineer for Jarvis Rail in 2002, working his way up to a Senior Technical Engineer position, prior to changing career to become a Building Surveyor following 8 years within the Rail industry.

    Nick gained his Building Surveying Degree at the University of Central Lancashire achieving a 1st Class result with Honours prior to joining C+A, where he is currently working towards achieving Chartered status with the RICS. Outside of work he enjoys an active family life in the Fulwood area of Preston and enjoys eating out, the gym and travelling.

     

    Nick Szpunar

    Chartered Building Surveyor

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  • Paul Burrows

    Building Surveyor

    Paul started working for C+A in 1999 as a Building Surveyor, he lives in Northwich with his wife Carol and has two grown up daughters. He spends his free time showing horses and ponies, enjoys a nice glass of wine having attended several wine tasting courses!

     
     

    Paul Burrows

    Building Surveyor

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  • Peter Llewellin

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

    Peter is an Associate of C+A and has been working as an architectural technician for over 30 years. His experience includes meeting clients and taking briefs, taking projects from inception through to completion – including on-site monitoring and quality control. He has worked mainly on leisure and education projects and fond of a pint of real ale!

    Peter Llewellin

    Associate, Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Richard Downes

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    Richard is a senior technician with 20 years of experience in many sectors of construction including health/care projects. With detailed knowledge of construction standards and legislation he leads the technical design on major projects. He has both AutoCAD and BIM experience.

    Richard Downes

    Senior Architectural Technologist

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  • Ryan Ogden

    Architectural Technologist

    Ryan studied for a degree in Architectural Technology at UCLan and qualified as an Architectural Technologist back in 2007. He has contributed to a variety of schemes during his time in professional employment, gaining a broad range of experience through extensive work on educational new builds and refurbishment, and in the residential and retail sectors.

    Outside of work, Ryan has a passion for golf, football and socialising with friends. If he’s not in the pub or on the golf course, he spends his time with his wife and daughter.

    Ryan Ogden

    Architectural Technologist

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  • Timothy Lynas

    Chartered Building Surveyor

    Tim is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 7 years PQE working for private and public sector clients. He started as a graduate at EC Harris, before joining Matthews and Goodman where he qualified with the RICS.

    Outside of work he enjoys an active family life in the Ribble Valley Area of Lancashire. Tim has completed a number of sporting challenges including the Grizedale Triathlon and the London Marathon.

     

    Timothy Lynas

    Chartered Building Surveyor

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  • George England

    Town Planner

    George joined Cassidy + Ashton in January 2016 after completing a master’s degree in Town Planning at the University of Manchester. His role within the company principally involves the preparation and submission of planning applications, liaising with Council’s and sub-consultants, and carrying out site appraisals. Recent projects have included various residential and educational schemes. George is working towards chartered membership of the RTPI in 2018.  

    Outside the office George mainly enjoys cycling, rock climbing and music. He competed alongside others from the company in the JLL property triathlon relay in July 2016.

     

    George England

    Town Planner

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  • Andrew Morris

    Architectural Technologist

    Andrew joined C+A in early 2016. He has several years experience in his chosen field after graduating from university in 2011. Working predominantly in Revit, he has experience in residential, commercial and the education sector.

    Andrew is looking forward to moving into his newly built home mid 2017 where he is planning on filling it with his eclectic taste of furniture and decorating it to satisfy his love of country cottages.

     

    Andrew Morris

    Architectural Technologist

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  • Chris O’Hanlon

    Architectural Technologist

    Chris joined C+A in 2016 having spent the majority of his career working in North Wales following the completion of his HNC.  Having gained his qualifications Chris proceeded to work on and run a number of projects from concept through to completion, with budgets ranging from £100,000 to £10million. Chris’ experience includes both refurbishment and new build in a wide range of sectors.    Most recently he has run a project in line with BIM Level 2 and is looking to gain more experience in this area.

    In his spare time he is a keen cyclist, both mountain and road.  He also enjoys exploring the countryside on foot and is a keen cook.

    Chris O’Hanlon

    Architectural Technologist

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  • David Jones

    Architectural Technologist

    David joined Cassidy + Ashton in 2016 following three years post qualification experience working on BIM level 2 education projects throughout Wales and the London Boroughs. He also has residential experience ranging from small extensions to multi-block housing schemes with a major housing developer.
    David is very interested in the principles of PassivHaus building and has a keen eye for detail. He is currently working towards MCIAT status with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
     
    Outside of work, David enjoys participating in a variety of sports including Football, Cycling and Skiing.
     

    David Jones

    Architectural Technologist

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