Davies Aspin Partnership



Norman is an Incorporated Engineer and an Associate of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers.

In addition to having completed the Institution of Electrical Engineers Parts I and II examinations at what is now South Bank University in London he was awarded a first class Full Technological Certificate in Electrical Installation work.


Norman started his career as a student apprentice with a national electrical contractor, W H Smith of Manchester, part of Staveley Industries and, following completion of his training, he spent his two years national service commitment as a staff lecturer at the REME College of Electronics with the rank of Captain.

He then moved to London with Balfour Kilpatrick as Design Engineer, and subsequently as Deputy Branch Manager, over a period of five years controlling major power station, commercial and hospital contracts. He later joined Costain as Principal Electrical Engineer in their Group Architects' Department working on design and management of design-build commercial and industrial contracts in the UK and Western Europe.

Following relocation in Bristol he joined Drake and Scull as Project Manager and was involved in commercial and industrial work including a major tobacco factory.

Norman also gained experience both from Bristol as Overseas Contract Manager involved with major port and hotel projects and, as an ex-patriot, in the Middle East, working for the Architects' Collaborative of Cambridge Massachusetts as Electrical Engineer on a University Project and factory. Subsequently he was a QA Consultant to the American Corps of Engineers (with civilian rank equivalent to major) on the `fast track' construction of a major military airbase.

On returning to Bristol, he was self-employed for eight years undertaking design work for consulting engineering practices including Hoare Lea and Partners, King Cathery, MRM, Parsons Brown, SSC and Torpy & Partners covering a wide variety of building types both in the UK and overseas.

Norman met Colin in the Property Services Department of Avon County Council in 1991 whilst working as Senior Building Services Engineer, and from this friendship the DAVIES ASPIN PARTNERSHIP was launched.