Design Base Ltd, founded in 1997, provides precision surveying services that are the foundation for design, construction and conservation projects across the UK.

We operate throughout the UK with particular focus along the M4 corridor from Bristol to London and the surrounding counties.

We offer 2D & 3D digital Land Surveys, Topographical Surveys, Measured Building Surveys, Utilities Surveys, Laser Scanning Surveys, and Building Information Modelling services. In addition, our dedicated Retail team provide specialist Retail Store Surveying and Retail Store Planning services to support national development programmes.

David Ascott

Managing Director

David Ascott Managing Director

David launched Design Base in 1997 and has been firmly at the helm ever since. He exudes the leadership, passion and commercial tenacity needed to run a successful business for over 20 years. His innate ability to spot and exploit market opportunities has been fundamental to the company’s development.

He continues to back his entrepreneurial spirit with considerable investment in technology and people, a strategy that is delivering a tangible commercial advantage.  He openly states that behind his success is an everlasting strive for excellent service, a genuine desire to delight customers and go the extra mile, something he demands from the team.

Today David oversees the key cornerstones of the business, Finance, Administration, Sales and Operations and building strategic commercial relationships and partnerships.

In his spare time David works as a qualified FA Coach developing Children from Under 7 to Under 16's.

Jane King

Sales and Marketing Director

Jane King Sales and Marketing Director

Jane, who has been with Design Base since foundation, directs our Sales and Marketing function. She is the first point of contact for Clients seeking support and advice. Jane is responsible for quotations, tenders and contract administration

Jane’s industrious, friendly, and professional character has built respect amongst colleagues and clients alike.

Jane enjoys travel and is a keen cyclist, having recently returned from a tour of China, not by bike of course, by wine glass!!

Charmaine Ascott

HR and Administration Director

Charmaine Ascott HR and Administration Director

Charmaine has responsibility for directing the daily administrative functions that keep the business moving. Her background in corporate finance has helped plan the investment that fuels our business development strategy.

Charmaine’s brief includes employee welfare and personnel development, which she rightly views as fundamental to our future.

Charmaine plays tennis, mostly social (double café and tennis anyone!) and enjoys country walks with her family and Archie her beloved Border Terrier

Jordan King

AEC Project Manager

Jordan King AEC Project Manager

Jordan recently re-joined the business as AEC Projects Manager following 12 months with a similar practice in Australia. He now has responsibility for our Topographical Surveying, Measured Building Surveying, Utilities Surveying and Building Information Modelling operations including the performance and welfare of his team.

Jordan's holistic brief includes client liaison, resource scheduling, personnel development, project management including quality and deadline.

Jordan plays Rugby for Somerset Premier team Stothert & Pitt, supports Bath Rugby and Arsenal and is a keen off roader in his 4.4 Litre Rangey #petrolheads

Catherine Williams

Retail Project Manager

Catherine Williams Retail Project Manager

Catherine, joined Design Base in 2007 and has recently celebrated 10 years with the business. Catherine’s career began working for the UK’s largest Retail organisations on a wide array of store design and planning programmes. She progressed to Project manager in 2012 and for the past 5 years has been the figurehead of our Retail Store Planning services.

Today Catherine’s busy role includes client liaison, project specifications, resource scheduling, personnel development, control of live projects, quality inspection and post project support.

Catherine is a proud Mum of two lively children whose various activities and demands keep her busy round the clock.

Paul Davey Smith

Retail Project Manager

Paul Davey Smith Retail Project Manager

Paul’s connection with Design Base began almost 20 years ago, as a Client. Today he is responsible for managing our Retail Store Surveying services. The experience gained over 30 years in retail development is proving crucial to client relations, service, and team development.

As Retail Project Manager, Paul’s role includes client liaison, project specifications, resource scheduling, personnel development, control of live projects, quality inspection and post project support.

Paul enjoys travel (especially to Turkey his second home) and the extraordinary pursuit of picture framing a hobby that suits his everlasting strive for perfection.

Richard Ingram (RICS)

Quality Control Manager

Richard Ingram (RICS) Quality Control Manager

Richard a Chartered Land Surveyor (RICS) with 20 years’ experience is the company’s Quality Control Manager a position that include Health and Safety. Richards’s illustrious career includes time in surveying practice with some of the largest geometric organisations in the UK, plus a period with Korec as a technical expert and instructor.

As our Quality Control Manager Richards vital role includes writing Service Standards, Project Specifications, Health & Safety Procedures, Quality Inspections and Audits. He maintains our surveying and equipment arsenal helping to make the right purchases, which in surveying is a big deal.

Richard is presently helping David (MD) to prepare the practice for an ISO 9001 Audit, an achievement that we expect to deliver in 2018.

In his spare time Richard is a marathon runner and avid supporter of Norwich City, which when hailing from the Black Country is an interesting concept, cant be many.

Shayne Schwendenwein

BIM Consultant

Shayne Schwendenwein BIM Consultant

Shayne, a qualified Architect, is a Revit specialist providing hands on Building Information Modelling consultancy and services.

Since joining Design Base in 2014 Shayne has helped shape our Point Cloud processing procedures and Building Information Modelling methodology. Her extensive experience includes notable 3D projects in Retail, Residential and Education development.

Shayne is a qualified Diving Instructor and returns to her homeland every year to maintain her diving credentials and enjoy trekking expeditions across the wilds of South Africa and neighbouring Mozambique.

James Lukins

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

James Lukins Sales and Marketing Coordinator

James has recently joined Design Base following a sales career in the medical sector. He has joined David and Jane in the Sales and Marketing team and is presently immersing himself in the world of measured surveying and Building Information Modelling.

James, a graduate of Business Information Technology, is developing our commercial database and will be responsible for targeting potential clients and promoting our measured and technical service solutions.

Our sectors

Design Base Ltd works within the, Commercial, Education, Energy, Heritage, Hospitality, Industrial, Residential, Retail and Water Treatment sectors. We generate the precision 2D and 3D survey information used by Architects, Planners, and Engineers for design, planning and construction.

Now in our 20th year we continue to invest in people, technology, and services to deliver tangible benefits that advantage our Clients and their projects. As a family business, we believe firmly in traditional service values. Our friendly and professional approach begins the minute you get in touch and extends well beyond the delivery of the survey to the provision of proactive support during design, planning and construction.

Proven Quality Management

Design Base Ltd follows proven quality management procedures based on ISO 9001, we are members of the UK Survey Association (TSA), SafeContractor approved and have been awarded the Investors In People accreditation for commitment to training. Our Surveyors are certified to work at roof level and in controlled and confined spaces.


If you are seeking advice or require a quotation please get in touch, we are here to help you. You can contact us through the online portal or email the sales team direct; hello@design-base.co.uk. For free advice and consultation please call Bath 01225 314 370 or London 02039 066892

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We are always looking for ambitious and skilled surveyors and technicians who match our drive and determination. Why not get in touch to find out more. To contact our HR and Administration team call 01225 314370 or email hello@design-base.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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