latest News: Over a year of Covid restrictions

Despite this we have found ourselves working on numerous jobs. Here are just a few examples.

After undertaking a Conservation Management Plan for Grade II* listed Barmoor Castle we have submitted a planning pre-application for conversion to highly unusual holiday apartments. This will start the process of being able to remove the Castle from Historic England’s At Risk Register.

Enabling works are almost complete at English Heritage’s Grade I Belsay Hall, ready for the large multi-million pound Belsay Awakes project to get underway later this year. The current work includes providing a ‘Changing Places’ facility for the influx of visitors.

Work is on site at Gibside for the National Trust, restoring parts of the dilapidated wall of the large Walled Garden.

Our Union Chain Bridge project between England and Scotland is well underway, Contractors have been hard at work for several months.

Feasibility study work has started on a Northumberland farmstead to create several new dwellings.

We are working with our sister practice xsite on two large projects: Grade II listed Patternshop in Newcastle’s historic Stephenson’s Quarter; and a major leisure project in Watford led by Southern Green landscape architects.

In Other News

Welcome Ella
Saturday 03 October 2020 | Spence & Dower Ella Johnson will be working with us for the next year. She has completed her Part I degree in Architecture from Newcastle University and will... more
Surfacing from Covid 19
Friday 28 August 2020 | Spence & Dower As with many architect practices we are mainly still working remote from our main office to better protect our staff. Nevertheless, we are busy with... more
An 'Exceptional' new home
Thursday 25 July 2019 | Spence & Dower The house we designed in a Grade II* listed Historic Park and Garden is now complete. The project achieved Exceptional Planning Approval under Paragraph 55... more

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Having had a long term advisory association with the practice I became more heavily involved in formally joining as a Partner in 2018. I have richly enjoyed working with and supporting the team in their work, and sustaining and developing the practice through my complementary skills in planning and larger scale development.

Colin Haylock, Partner

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