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.

Salford Royal Hospital Masterplan

Masterplanning and Options Appraisals > Masterplanning. View Salford Royal Hospital Masterplan

Kitchen extension in Victorian House

New Build & Alteration > Residential. View Kitchen extension in Victorian House

New kitchen in Victorian House, North Tyneside

Aykley Heads (Durham) - Strategy and capacity assessment

> Masterplanning and Options Appraisals. Also found under Masterplanning. View Aykley Heads (Durham) - Strategy and capacity assessment

Coquet Island, Northumberland

Conservation & Restoration > Heritage. View Coquet Island, Northumberland

The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

> Conservation & Restoration. Also found under Heritage. View The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

Innovative work in the North Pennines AONB

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