latest News: Farmsteads on Hadrian’s Wall

Design work is underway to take buildings on two farmsteads into their next phases of life.

With Hadrian’s Wall footpath running through one farmstead, the new owners are wishing to provide a variety of tourist accommodation and associated facilities. We have already received from the local authority approval in principle for initial ideas.

Hadrian’s Wall footpath runs along the boundary of the other larger farmstead which has been with the same owners for many years. They have asked us to masterplan phased reuse of all unoccupied buildings, most of which will be residential.

In Other News

Shortlisted for LABC Awards
Friday 27 May 2016 | Spence & Dower The Vicar’s Pele Tower has been shortlisted for the LABC Awards. We have designed and installed a new steel and glass gallery floor insertion allowing... more
Commendation in Georgian Awards
Friday 18 December 2015 | Spence & Dower Robin Dower this week collected a Georgian Group Award for work on the now completed Felton Park Glasshouse, Northumberland. There was stiff competition from much... more
Masterplanning for new owner of Netherby Hall, Cumbria
Thursday 20 August 2015 | Spence & Dower We are appointed by new owners to undertake masterplanning work for Netherby Hall Estate, Longtown, Cumbria – formerly the country seat of the Grahams from... more

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