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

Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Conservation & Restoration > Twentieth Century. Also found under Historic Recording & Research. View Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Spanish City

A small extension in a Conservation Area

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Residential. View A small extension in a Conservation Area

Union Chain Bridge

> Conservation & Restoration. Also found under Heritage. View Union Chain Bridge

Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Residential. View Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

Stockton North Shore – Flexible long term development masterplan

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

Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

> Community Based Projects. Also found under Options appraisals. View Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

Having had a long term advisory association with the practice I know how well the practice is respected for its expertise and work, particularly in historic and other sensitive environments. I am relishing my fuller engagement and looking forward to supporting the team and broadening and enhancing the practice’s services.

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