Monday 1 April 2019



We have exciting prospective projects on our doorstep in the Ouseburn, across Tyneside and further afield that mean WE ARE RECRUITING NOW!

Are you a 4 years Post Qualification or mid career Architect with excellent design and self starting/organising skills and experience? Are you an experienced Architectural Technologist with a strong design instinct? Do you want to share in the challenge of taking xsite architecture into its next period of growth as a practice? Revit skills are highly desirable but all candidates will be considered on their all round merit. Projects are in the Commercial, Residential and Civic sectors.

We will be taking on up to three architects and technologists who are the right fit over the next two months. To see what we do visit

Initially please email a letter of introduction, stating why you are interested in this position and why you would be an ideal candidate, along with your CV and one or two examples of your work. Please make all documents sensibly sized pdfs and be clear about authorship if it is something you have worked on rather than produced yourself.

Send email to: 
Tim Bailey and Adrian Philpotts 
as soon as possible but no later than 10th April 2019. There will be a second deadline issued but we will be interviewing continuously so do not wait for the deadline.

Any queries about the positions please email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Architects move to creative cultural hotspot


Spence & Dower Architects, the long established and hugely well renowned architectural conservation specialists will be moving their offices in early May 2019. Following a recent property investment in the Ouseburn by Spence & Dower Partners, Tina Gough and Colin Haylock, and around 18 months of developing a close working relationship on projects and practice with complementary practice xsite architecture, the award winning practice is going to co-locate into the Ouseburn Valley at xsite’s studio Arch 6 on Stepney Bank.

Co-location brings with it a series of immediate benefits in sharing CPD, back office functions, ancillary space and being able to develop joint projects with efficient working practices and expertise in a wide range of sectors and services. Spence & Dower’s continuing work on several projects with English Heritage, under their Framework Agreement, and Union Chain Bridge crossing the border between England and Scotland sets their stall out as exemplary in their principal field while xsite’s recently completed North East Futures UTC school and Boilershop in the Stephenson Quarter illustrates how complementary good contemporary design can be when set against an existing historic setting.

The two practices are working collaboratively at the moment on several projects across the UK and expect this co-location to bring instant advantage to communication and resourcing of these projects.
For further information contact:
Tina Gough, Spence & Dower, (01661) 820071, 07803 340825
Tim Bailey, xsite architecture, (0191) 287 2161, 0774 0186 716

The new address for Spence & Dower will be: Arch 6, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP

Photo: Pari Naderi