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.

Find out exactly what can you expect from Design Base for your project

Why Choose Design Base

David Ascott

Sales Manager (Commercial), Managing Director

David Ascott Sales Manager (Commercial), 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 whilst building strategic commercial relationships and partnerships. In his “day” job he is responsible for managing Topographical, Utilities, Measured Building and BIM quotations for Commercial, Retail, Education and Industrial projects.

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

Jane King

Sales Manager (Residential), Director

Jane King Sales Manager (Residential), Director

Jane has been with Design Base since foundation and was recently awarded the position of Director. Her career includes time in HR, Administration and Operations.

As Sales Manager she is the first point of contact for Clients seeking Topographical, Utilities and Measured Building survey quotations and consultancy for residential developments.

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

Charmaine Ascott, HR & Administration Manager, Director

Charmaine Ascott Charmaine Ascott, HR & Administration Manager, 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

Jordan King, AEC Project Manager, Health & Safety

Jordan King Jordan King, AEC Project Manager, Health & Safety

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, health and safety and project management.

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)

Richard Ingram, Senior Land Surveyor, Quality Control

Richard Ingram (RICS) Richard Ingram, Senior Land Surveyor, Quality Control

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor (RICS) with 20 years’ experience in the geomatics industry including time with Korec as a technical expert and instructor.

As Senior Land Surveyor Richards vital role includes site managing principle projects, health and safety, establishing efficient operational procedures, quality control and developing the topographical survey expertise of our surveyors and trainees.

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, can’t be many.

Jonathan Lyons

Senior BIM Technician

Jonathan Lyons Senior BIM Technician

Jon has recently joined Design Base following an 18 month spell for a surveying practice in Falmouth. Jon has a Masters Degree in Building Surveying and will work with the technical team as a BIM specialist.

Currently, Jon is providing experienced support to our BIM functions here at Design Base and will help us to improve our already excellent BIM knowledge.

Jon also recently won the coveted Design Base 'best marksman' trophy in our recent 20 Years celebration's, where the Design Base team were all involved in a few rounds of Clay Pigeon Shooting. Well done Jon!

James Lukins

Sales Administrator, GDPR Representative

James Lukins Sales Administrator, GDPR Representative

James joined Design Base following a similar role in medical sales. He is a graduate of Business Information Technology and is using his expertise to expand our business connections through social media and promoting the benefits of our measured and technical service solutions.

James provides vital support to our Sales Managers, including front line cover for holidays, ongoing sales administration and quote follow up. He is building his knowledge of the geomatics industry and has spent useful time with the Topographical, Measured Building and BIM team.

James is the companies nominated contact for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

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

Join us

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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