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.

Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

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

North Pennines Holiday Accommodation

New Build & Alteration > Commercial. View North Pennines Holiday Accommodation

Stockton North Shore – Flexible long term development masterplan

Masterplanning and Options Appraisals > Masterplanning. View Stockton North Shore – Flexible long term development masterplan

Kitchen extension in Victorian House

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

New kitchen in Victorian House, North Tyneside

Affordable Housing, Allendale

> Community Based Projects. View Affordable Housing, Allendale

Affordable Housing, Allendale

The Holy Jesus Hospital Pant, 1682

Conservation & Restoration > Heritage. View The Holy Jesus Hospital Pant, 1682

The Holy Jesus Hospital Pant