The Spence & Dower Team

Partner Tina Gough leads the practice on its contemporary design projects. She also has an urban design qualification, and holistic masterplanning of projects is becoming a fundamental part of the practice’s work. As well as being a member of the Access Association and a Graduate of Common Purpose she has long been an advocate and practitioner of engaging communities in the design process, resulting in her being accepted as an enabler for the nationally renowned charity Glass-House.

Partner Colin Haylock brings added value to the practice with his qualification as a Planner as well as an Architect. He has a long history of advising on historic buildings and environments, including recently being appointed to Advisory Panels for Durham Cathedral. He is also a Visiting Professor of Practice at University College London.

Associate Chris Baglee is an Accredited Conservation Architect (RIBA SCA). He has worked on a wide variety of listed buildings throughout his career and specialises in carrying out archival research into, and recording of, historic buildings. He is an Approved Archaeological Historic Buildings Consultant and Researcher on the three North East County Council lists.

Associates Bryony Roff and Clare Grundy are architects with MA degrees in Conservation Studies at York University. Bryony is a registered member of the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and is an Inspecting Architect for a number of listed Churches in the Newcastle and Durham Diocese. Clare has particular skill in incorporating new design within the historic environment.

Gill Glen has worked for many years in architectural practices in the North East. She is interested in seeing refurbishments in sensitive rural areas done sympathetically whilst achieving the latest standards of built performance.

Robin Dower has now retired as a partner of the practice but with his long acknowledged work with historic buildings he has become our Expert Consultant.

We could not function efficiently without the talents of our Practice Manager, Val Bland, who keeps all of us and the business in order. She will probably be your first point of contact with us.

Used to working with other professional consultants, either as leaders of a design team or as part of a multi disciplinary group, all of Spence and Dower’s staff bring different strengths to the practice. A variety of interests and specialisms shared between our relatively small team allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives which we hope generates interesting and carefully considered architecture.

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Our Team
  • Photo of Tina Gough
  • Photo of Colin Haylock
  • Photo of Chris Baglee
  • Photo of Bryony Roff
  • Photo of Clare Grundy
  • Photo of Val Bland
  • Photo of Gill Glen
  • Photo of Robin Dower

I joined the practice in the 1980’s. It was known then as a practice of integrity and professionalism, creating quality designs through friendly personal service. What has changed? Workload is slightly different now, responding over the years to shifting economic conditions, new concerns about climate change and client expectations, but our underlying philosophy about the way we choose to work remains the same.

Tina Gough, Partner

Recent Projects

The practice has been busier than ever over recent years and our portfolio shows just some of the types of projects we have been involved with. View Portfolio

Latest News

We hope to keep you up-to-date with exciting projects that we have been appointed to do. See what’s new