Welcome to Spence & Dower

If the architectural press is full of the clamour of competing and ‘self-conscious innovation’ – we are not there. All design is by its nature exploratory and must search for a balance between enabling a building to work and ordering its form to please. Our aim is that good quality design should shine through the patient satisfaction of this balance and give delight to owners, other users and those who pass by. All our projects relate to the specific sites and environments to which they belong.

As Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants our interests are broad ranging but we consider ourselves specialists in a full range of historic building work, contemporary design, particularly within sensitive locations, masterplanning and community based building projects.

Find out more about our architectural services

Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Commercial. View Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

West Oak Farm Broomley, Northumberland

New Build & Alteration > Commercial. View West Oak Farm Broomley, Northumberland

Broomley Farmstead

Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Residential. View Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

Bessie Surtees House Reception Area

New Build & Alteration > Commercial. View Bessie Surtees House Reception Area

Innovative work in the North Pennines AONB

New Build & Alteration > Residential. Also found under Environmental Design. View Innovative work in the North Pennines AONB

A small extension in a Conservation Area

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Residential. View A small extension in a Conservation Area

Having had a long term advisory association with the practice I know how well the practice is respected for its expertise and work, particularly in historic and other sensitive environments. I am relishing my fuller engagement and looking forward to supporting the team and broadening and enhancing the practice’s services.

Colin Haylock, Partner

Our History

We believe in encouraging clients and all those involved in the building process to enjoy working together to a successful common end. Find out more

Meet The Team

We encompass a number of interests and specialisms which allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. It’s this variety which generates the carefully considered architecture that our clients value so highly. Meet the team