Our Portfolio

The differing interests and skills of the individuals within the practice has enabled us to offer expertise across a wide range of project types. Our 2021 merger with our sister practice xsite architecture allows our offer to widen. Whilst we are always willing to consider venturing into new areas this should not be misinterpreted as a willingness to do ‘anything and everything’.

The skills that Spence and Dower has developed are associated primarily with historic buildings, be it their conservation, alteration or building new within their context. A good understanding of the north east region’s environment, through its communities and its varying local vernacular, informs all we do, even the most contemporary work.

For larger scale work we also take the skills we have in our ability to quickly understand places in other areas of the country.

We have put together a selection of some of our projects, should you wish to explore further. We have attempted to divide them into six main categories, but you will see that there is a degree of overlap in most of the work we do.

Sedgefield (County Durham) – Mixed use town extension

Masterplanning and Options Appraisals > Options appraisals. View Sedgefield (County Durham) – Mixed use town extension

Berwick Ramparts

Conservation & Restoration > Heritage. View Berwick Ramparts

Berwick Ramparts

Bolam Coyne, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

> Conservation & Restoration. Also found under Twentieth Century. View Bolam Coyne, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Innovative work in the North Pennines AONB

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

Affordable Housing, Allendale

> Community Based Projects. View Affordable Housing, Allendale

Affordable Housing, Allendale

Clifford's Fort, North Shields

Conservation & Restoration > Heritage. View Clifford's Fort, North Shields

Clifford’s Fort, North Shields