Welcome to Spence & Dower

If the architectural press is full of the clamour of competing and ‘self-conscious innovation’ – we are not there. All design is by its nature exploratory and must search for a balance between enabling a building to work and ordering its form to please. Our aim is that good quality design should shine through the patient satisfaction of this balance and give delight to owners, other users and those who pass by. All our projects relate to the specific sites and environments to which they belong.

As Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants our interests are broad ranging but we consider ourselves specialists in a full range of historic building work, contemporary design, particularly within sensitive locations, masterplanning and community based building projects.

Find out more about our architectural services

Little Greencroft Farm

Masterplanning and Options Appraisals > Masterplanning. Also found under Residential. View Little Greencroft Farm

Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

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

Stockton North Shore – Flexible long term development masterplan

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

Churchill on manoeuvres

> Conservation & Restoration. Also found under Statues & War Memorials. View Churchill on manoeuvres

Outchester Ducket

> Environmental Design. View Outchester Ducket

Outchester Ducket

The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

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

Having had a long term advisory association with the practice I became more heavily involved in formally joining as a Partner in 2018. I have richly enjoyed working with and supporting the team in their work, and sustaining and developing the practice through my complementary skills in planning and larger scale development.

Colin Haylock, Partner

Our History

We believe in encouraging clients and all those involved in the building process to enjoy working together to a successful common end. Find out more

Meet The Team

We encompass a number of interests and specialisms which allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. It’s this variety which generates the carefully considered architecture that our clients value so highly. Meet the team