Ashley is an experienced technician who runs large scale projects from tender to completion. He liaises with clients, design team members and construction teams to ensure coordinated information is issued on time and on budget.
Having delivered more than 2,500 student beds over the last 10 years, Ashley is now applying his architectural experience to senior living projects.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I’d like to say a farmer – although, they don’t get a lot of time off! My grandfather was a farmer. As a child I would help out on the farm during Summer holidays. My uncle and cousin run the family farm now. I still try to get down to Cornwall as much as I can to help out with lambing and harvesting.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Green Park House, a 461 bed student accommodation project in Bath for Berkeley Homes. It was a modular build with almost everything manufactured off-site. Our challenge was to keep the building within Bath’s traditional Georgian proportions. This meant that each module, and each window within the module, had to be slightly smaller in height at each level. The main elevations were clad in Bath stone which was measured, cut and numbered offsite, then installed like a very large, multi-million pound jigsaw puzzle.
What is the current big trend in your sector?
With our aging population, senior living continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors. Coming from a student living background, I’m seeing lots of crossover between the sectors. Much like students, older generations desire flexible and quality accommodation with access to social facilities. I’m looking forward to delivering my first retirement community next year which aims to provide just this.
Unnecessary emails. Pick up the phone – you can agree so much more in a 10 minute telephone conversation than you can in a game of email tennis.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I’m related to Edith Cavell, the nurse who helped 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War.