Joseph Connelly is a man with designs on the future.
At just 28, he has been appointed managing director of leading Carlisle chartered architectural practice, Ashwood Design.
Mr Connelly has merged his previous company, Penrith-based Joseph Architecture, with the practice to trade as Ashwood Design Associates, working from studios in both Carlisle and Penrith.
With more than 12 years' architectural and project management experience, his portfolio ranges from high-end housing developments to multi-million pound commercial and leisure projects.
As part of the merger, Ashwood's former managing director Michael Potts has sold his shareholding and taken a director post to help Mr Connelly in his new role.
Mr Potts will continue providing a service to his existing clients.
Mr Connelly said he was delighted to join and lead the practice which allowed him to continue to offer the service he was delivering to clients on a larger scale, with more efficiency.
"What we provide to our clients sets us aside from others with timely delivery of beautifully designed projects," he said.
"They have been carefully designed and considered through every detail to allow smooth project delivery on site. This is made possible by the strong and experienced team we have working at Ashwood Design."
Based on Parkhouse at Kingstown in Carlisle, Ashwood has several large schemes under its belt.
It is designing the proposed expansion of the Cavaghan & Gray food processing plant on the Durranhill Industrial Estate in Carlisle. An application has been lodged by 2 Sisters Food Group for two extensions to the factory.
The firm was also involved in the design of the Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs near Annan which tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the giant World War One munitions works.
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