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A L Daines and Partners was founded in 1967 by
Alf Daines, a Chartered Structural Engineer with experience from the pre-cast concrete industry, and developed quickly in the 1970s as the only Consulting Engineer in Carlisle. A number of large commercial projects in North Cumbria soon established the practice as a leading consultancy in the region.

The 1980’s saw the appointment of partners, Nigel Perry and Chris Carley, whereupon the practice opened a second office in Manchester. The practice has since developed, further embracing digital technology over the decades and is now well established throughout north-west England and south west Scotland.

The partnership has been under the care of Ernest ShimminMike Briggs since 2012, and more recently with Stewart Marshall also joining the partnership in 2022. The partners combined experience of over seventy years in consultancy has brought with it a reputation for practical, efficient and flexible solutions.


A L Daines and Partners LLP are members of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. All partners are Chartered Engineers with the Institution of Civil Engineers and we operate a staff training scheme approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Meet Our
Experienced Team

Our success has been achieved by following our core values and highly skilled team

Ernest Shimmin: BSc. Hons. C.Eng. MICE

Ernest Shimmin was brought up in Cumbria, studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and, after a couple of years as a VSO in Kenya, served his time with a steelwork engineering company before joining A L Daines and Partners. After a second stint in Tanzania, he then went into local government, becoming chartered as a principal engineer at Carlisle City and Cumbria County Council before returning to join the practice in 2003.


Mike Briggs: BSc. Hons. C.Eng. MICE

Mike Briggs has over 34 years engineering experience that has included the feasibility, design, contract administration and project management of a wide variety of civil and structural engineering projects. After an early career in local authority bridge engineering Mike then joined Capita Symonds and moved in to project management, providing leadership and direction to specialist highways teams. Mike joined AL Daines in 2012 and has been involved in a wide range of schemes providing all aspects of design and project administration. These have included designs in steelwork, concrete and timber, from large industrial buildings to small residential extensions.


Stewart Marshall: MEng. Hons. C.Eng. MICE

Stewart, born and brought up in Penrith, began his career as an AMEY Graduate Engineer on the Civil Examination Framework Agreement (CEFA) with Network Rail in Manchester. He gained £2billion railway management and maintenance experience carrying out scheduled and emergency inspections on existing railway structures throughout the North West. He joined A L Daines & Partners LLP in 2011 and is involved in all aspects of civil & structural design and project administration. Stewart is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Career Opportunities

While specific roles may not always be mentioned below, we are always keen to hear from talented and driven individuals of all levels. If you’d like to be considered for a role within the practice please get in touch.

Structural Engineer

With an office based on the edge of the stunning Lake District and a workload ranging from domestic extensions all the way up to multi-million pound industrial and commercial developments, we are seeking talented structural engineers to join our tight-knit team.

Whether you are just starting out in the industry, are wanting to be recognized as more than a number or are looking for progression into a senior position we would love to hear from you.

With flexible working hours and an opportunity to manage your own workload in a fast paced, evolving practice, there’s no better place to meet your career aspirations.

Salary packages range from £30-50k per annum depending on experience.

If you’re interested in hearing more, get in touch or find us on LinkedIn.

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Your Next Project

If you would like to talk to us about a project, structural survey, or if you have any queries you would like to discuss with our ICE qualified engineers, please get in touch.

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