About Us

Unwin Jones Partnership has an experienced team of dedicated and enthusiastic architects and technologists within its Carlisle design studio… a team with extensive design skills and technical expertise… a proven combination in delivering inspirational buildings that are also practical and cost effective.

Every one of our projects is unique and is treated as a new challenge demanding a completely fresh approach by the team. We recognise the importance of flexibility in our approach and in the wide range of services we provide for our clients.

All UJP projects are led by a Director. This, we believe, gives our clients a consistent point of contact and is one of the reasons we have benefitted from such high levels of repeat business from long-standing clients.

As an award winning, RIBA Chartered Practice, Unwin Jones has a wide range of completed developments across many sectors that demonstrate our experience and professionalism in realising our client’s aspirations through our vision and collaborative approach.

The history of the practice can be traced back over 50 years – during that time UJP has produced an number of pivotal projects that propelled what was a local practice into one with an international portfolio of original and innovative buildings.

Browse our project gallery or take a look at some of our key projects from our portfolio…

Decades of Design

Heritage

1954 NM Phillips

Norman Phillips (Architect):

Norman Phillips was Head of Building at Carlisle College and held a role as Architect to Carlisle Cathedral. In both roles securing many ecclesiastical projects in West Cumbria. Practice based in Workington.

1959 Phillips and Parker

Kevin Parker (Technician) joined Workington Office.

1962 Unwin and Parker

  • Kevin Parker, Partner
  • Dick Unwin, Partner

Dick Unwin, originally from Belfast, was called up for war time service, on his return in 1946 he studied Architecture at Liverpool University. There he met his wife to be Dorothy Mann. (Her father was also an Architect based in Carlisle). After Qualifying he immigrated to Rhodesia under a government scheme. Dick was invited to return to the UK for a post by Kevin Parker in 1962.

  • Unwin based in Carlisle
  • Parker based in Workington

1967 Unwin, Parker and Jones

  • Kevin Parker, Partner
  • Dick Unwin, Partner
  • Jak Jones, Partner
  • Unwin & Jones, based in Carlisle
  • Parker based in Workington

Practice then amalgamated into Carlisle.

Jak Jones studied architecture at Manchester University and after qualifying took up a post at BDP Manchester. In 1965 Jak was invited to join Parker and Jones as an Associate following appointment of the practice to design St Benedicts School in Whitehaven. Jak became a partner in 1967. The practice also designed St Bedes school in Carlisle.

1970 Unwin Jones and Associates

  • Dick Unwin, Partner
  • Jak Jones, Partner
  • Bob Raynerd, Associate
  • Bill Shuttleworth, Associate

1984 Unwin Jones Partnership. >

  • Jak Jones, Partner (1965 to 2001)
  • Bob Raynerd, Partner (1988 to 2005)
  • Bill Shuttleworth, Partner (1984 to 2006)
  • Don Reay, Partner/Director (1998 – )
  • Jez Marvin, Partner/Director (2003 – )
  • Ken Allan, Partner/Director (2010 – )
  • Mark Allan, Associate Director (2017 – )

Hotel and Leisure

In 1980 the practice secured an appointment for Peter Dean of Kirkoswald to convert a series of farm barns in to holiday accommodation. The project was highly successful and held in high regard by the English Tourist Board.

At a similar time The Langdale Partnership, who were planning a development were in discussions with the English Tourist Board and had sought recommendations for Architects – UJP was recommended. Jak presented ideas to the Langdale partnership and secured an appointment to provide timeshare lodges within the Langdale estate. Previous developments at Stanwix Holiday Park, Silloth, Housing at Longtown and the RIBA Gold Medal for housing were such that Langdale Estate were convinced! There was a period of over a year of research and consultations before deign works fully commenced. The Langdale project led to works at Underscar, then amongst many others Cameron House and Gleneagles.

A large portion of the practices workload today is based on this early success.

Automotive

Bill and Bob Paton were invited to dine at Langdale in the early 1980s following the completion of early phases to the Langdale projects. Bill and Bob Paton were directors of the family owned motor group based in Carlisle. They were expanding and had committed to building a new Mercedes Benz franchise in the city. In discussions there enthusiasm for the Langdale design was apparent and they declared it was a pity there were no architects in Cumbria that could produce such a success. They were of course corrected, and the first connection with Unwin Jones in the city of Carlisle was made.

Jak and Bob Reynard designed a very unique building, which remains today on the Rosehill Estate, A building which initially was landscaped on three side and had an octagonal façade reflecting its gateway to the estate.

Mercedes Benz UK were highly impressed by the project. In turn they recommenced the practice to Trevor Finn, the then General Manager for Williams Holdings. The practice was commissioned to design 4 new buildings – Derwent Mercedes Benz, Glasgow, Wheatley Hall BMW in Doncaster, Paragon BMW in Hull, and Merlin Porsche/Landrover in Nottingham. Trevor Finn broke the motor dealership element away from Williams Holdings and became Pendragon Plc.

From that point forward the practice has designed, altered, upgraded and rebranded hundreds of dealerships across the uk for the majority of brands working closely with manufacturers and distributors. Household names such as Stratstone, Evans Halshaw, Arnold Clark, Vantage, Hadwins, and Lloyd to name but a few.

January 1989 – ujp moved from Spencer Street to Bridge Lane.