About us

Alium Design is an award-winning architectural interiors practice formed in 2004. We work extensively throughout the UK. We design exceptional interiors for organisations that share our passion and appreciation of good design and appreciate its value and benefits. The majority of our clients continue to work with us for many years after our first meeting. 

We are knowledgeable.
Acting independently and impartially.
We are professional and insightful.

We are collaborative.
Working with our clients.
On their side and realising their objectives.

We are different.
Challenging clients to think in a different way.
Delivering results beyond expectation.

We are accountable.
Capable of delivering what we design.
Within the cost and timescales advised.

We are designers.
Providing solutions to technical problems.
doing so with flare and passion.


Neil Carter
Managing Director

Neil manages the day-to-day running of the business and oversees much of the company's consultancy work.

Mike Hole
Design Director

Mike is responsible for the design of the majority of Alium's work and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Toby Geering
Operations Director

Toby is primarily responsible for the practical implementation of the company’s projects and CDM compliance.

Alium Design Limited was formed in early 2004 by Neil Carter and Mike Hole.  They were joined soon after by Toby Geering. The practice is based in Cambridge but works throughout the UK. Between them the three Directors have over 70 years’ experience of working in the Design and Fit-out industries.

Alium specialise in the design and fit-out of commercial spaces, from offices, laboratories and colleges to restaurants, manufacturing sites and hotels. Although initially engaged as the Principle Designer, in the majority of instances they also take on the role of Principle Contractor in order to both design and construct their client’s projects. This combined approach ensures better control of budget, programme and quality.

While very much a design-led practice, Alium never lose sight of their client’s requirements, offering practical and realistic solutions to a client’s needs, funds and programme. They have no product portfolio to promote and no commercial ‘associations’. The primary objective is always what is best for the client. From initial consultation or feasibility Alium provide aesthetic and technical input at every level. They like to get to know their clients and they like to understand their organisations.

The majority of the practice are designers and architects who utilise proven reporting and management systems, as well as the latest Computer Aided Design, to deliver viable and cost-effective solutions to client’s requirements. Projects are delivered via a team of specialist Project Managers, supported by experts in building services and cost control. All projects are carried out under the current CDM regulations.


We work for a very diverse selection of clients:

Abcam Plc

Alizyme Plc

Allia Ltd

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Beko Plc

Bob & Barn

Cambourne Business Park

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge United

Celgene Ltd

Clare College

Crome Lea Business Park

Churchill College


Co-Operative bank Plc

Ebbage Seeds Ltd


Future Business Centre

Gilead Sciences Ltd

Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd

Global Pharmaceutical Co. (Name withheld)

Grasshoppers Hotels


Hurst Park Dental Practice

Independent Schools Association

Jesus College

Kaplan International

Marubeni Corporation

Meltwind Ltd

Michael Barham & Co

Owlstone Inc


Pitney Bowes

Quy Mill Hotel

Signify Ltd


Toshiba Research Europe Ltd

University of Cambridge

Vectura Plc