References – see what our clients have said about our architectural design services.

“I, KW, have known Allen Norman of Ely Design Group, in a professional capacity since June 2006. Allen was given the brief to design and present for planning permission two properties in Cambridgeshire. He then saw the project through planning permission being granted in September 2006. I then commissioned Allen to appoint builders and project manage the buildings, this being successfully completed in November 2008. During this time I found Allen diligent in executing his duties in dealing with all the technical details of the build. He always followed up my e-mails and telephone calls promptly and we established a good and trusted working relationship.

If you would like to inspect the properties I would be happy to accommodate this, please arrange this through Allen.



“This is my first complete house design and build and I am pleased with the outcome and the work and support given by Ely Design Group. Working from my own sketches and a long list of ‘wants’ Allen did a good job of turning a dream into reality. The Group’s good relations with the local authorities really helped keep the project on track and to a swift, positive conclusion. Overall the design works well in the space and the choice of materials and finish means it is already looking nicely established in its rural plot.”


Hi Allen

Well it is just 5 years since we moved in it has gone so fast and I thought that I would say how much we are still enjoying Brookfield Cottage it is so nice to live in. When people ask if I designed it, I always say no we just told Allen what accommodation we wanted and this is what he came up with – so thanks again. Would we tweak the design if we did it again, well yes. We put built in wardrobes in the bedrooms and this has left them a bit on the narrow side so an extra half metre would have made a difference. It would also have meant that we could have had a return unit in the kitchen as it was about 300 mm to do that. We love the Velux roof lights and would have had more – an extra one in the bathroom and also one over our bed. I should have made the actual dormer windows a little narrower so that there is a curtain reveal. I should have made the balcony in the main bedroom wider – may by 500 mm as it is still not really wide enough for plants. Well that’s about it, we love it when we go away as we can’t wait to get home.


“Allen has provided me with construction advice and project supervision/ inspection/certification for more than one residential new-build project in a professional and expert way. On one occasion his creative advice saved me a packet in both money and worry.”

Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative.

“A reliable, expeditious service that met client requirements within deadline and budget.”


“I have worked with Allen many times over the last 10 years, and was pleased to work together recently at the housing site at Stretham, East Cambridgeshire. I look forward to that scheme coming to fruition soon and to more projects in future.”



 “We have now worked with Allen at the Ely Design Group on several Projects and always had good results.”

Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, On Time.


“Allen is a personable individual with an understanding of the clients needs and offers a flexible & tailored approach to the project….I am happy to recommend Allen’s services.”

 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value.



Allen is highly effective and efficient architect with an eye for detail and the tenacity to succeed. I have made use of his services for a number of years and would work with him again as he is very professional and just gets on with the job and is unfaded by the stresses of work.”

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity



“Allen has worked for me on a number of projects, including domestic extensions and commercial developments. I like his approach, there are no stumbling blocks for the client, everything is managed calmly and efficiently. I have recommended his services to a number of business associates”

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value



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