Since our foundation in 1987, the practice philosophy has

remained clear in a belief that every project is unique

Jane Darbyshire founded the practice in 1987, with David Kendall joining soon after as a Partner. Jane and David’s design and work ethos has become embedded in the practice and remains at the core of how we manage our business and approach our work today: we put time and energy into understanding our clients’ objectives, needs and aspirations; we respond sensitively and imaginatively to site constraints and opportunities; we understand materials and construction and the importance of craftsmanship in detailing; we work as a team to support each other. Jane retired from the practice in 2000 and David is now Design Consultant within the practice having significant input into the high standards of design and project delivery throughout our work.

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St Oswald’s Adult Unit 1, Newcastle

1987
St Oswald’s Adult Unit 1, Newcastle

A groundbreaking 29 bed hospice, the first of four major projects on the site. A peaceful and welcoming haven for those suffering from terminal illness and their families.

St Oswald’s Adult Unit 2, Newcastle

1987
St Oswald’s Adult Unit 2, Newcastle

A groundbreaking 29 bed hospice, the first of four major projects on the site. A peaceful and welcoming haven for those suffering from terminal illness and their families.

Collingwood Court, Morpeth

1987
Collingwood Court, Morpeth

In the heart of Morpeth’s Conservation Area this scheme for Cecil M Yuill Ltd provides apartments for the elderly. The Civic Trust Awards assessor’s report commented: “With delight round every corner, this must be a lovely place to live whatever one’s age”.

Park View Court, North Kenton, Newcastle

1988
Park View Court, North Kenton, Newcastle

Alteration and refurbishment of these five blocks of flats and reorganisation of external spaces and infrastructure on this previously “hard to let” estate, for North British Housing Association in partnership with the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.Gateshead

Gateshead Garden Festival Pavilion

1988
Gateshead Garden Festival Pavilion

Gateshead Garden Festival Pavilion for Stockton Borough Council.

Blue Bell Dene, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle

1988
Blue Bell Dene, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle

Alterations to these previously near derelict deck accessed blocks of flats removed the stigma the estate had been suffering from. For North British Housing Association in partnership with the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Broom Farm

1989
Broom Farm

Conversion of redundant farm buildings near Broompark in County Durham into residential development set around a central courtyard. Winner of Durham County Environment Award 1992.

RIBA Awards

1989
RIBA Awards

Jane receiving the national RIBA Building of The Year Award for St Oswald’s Hospice

Kingsmere Gardens

1989
Kingsmere Gardens

A complete refurbishment of Newcastle's infamous 'Rochester Dwellings' for the City of Newcastle and North British Housing Association, transformed the 200 deck access flats, originally built in 1926, into a mixed tenure scheme with family homes and apartments, restoring the dignity of tenants.

Milburn House, Newcastle

1990
Milburn House, Newcastle

The interior restoration of one of Newcastle’s great Arts and Crafts buildings, revealing its original wealth of detailing and ornament, for The Milburn Estates Limited.

St Cuthbert’s Church, Durham

1990
St Cuthbert’s Church, Durham

A new church hall and improved access to the grade II listed church, designed to be perceived as part of the church and to maintain an ecclesiastical character. 14 years later our work here continued with the comprehensive repair and restoration of the church tower.

Stannington Village

1990
Stannington Village

Following our report for the North East Civic Trust, we were commissioned for a new development of 39 dwellings in traditional materials creating a street frontage facing a new village green with further housing beyond.

Falstone Walk, Newcastle

1991
Falstone Walk, Newcastle

This Estate Action scheme gave this stigmatised “hard to let” estate a radical change of image and improved external and internal spaces. For Wimpey Homes in partnership with the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Jacobin Chare, Blackfriars, Newcastle

1991
Jacobin Chare, Blackfriars, Newcastle

A competition winning design that screens the peaceful Blackfriars courtyard and green from the bustling atmosphere of Stowell Street, for R Norman Ltd.

3D Christmas Card

1991
3D Christmas Card

David shows off the practice’s first “build your own” 3-D Christmas card.

Lumley Walk, Dunston

1992
Lumley Walk, Dunston

A new scheme of houses that was designed to build on the best traditions of Victorian terraced housing while addressing modern challenges of parking and security, for Two Castles Housing Association.

Northumberland Village Homes, Monkseaton

1992
Northumberland Village Homes, Monkseaton

A scheme that rescued the fine Edwardian buildings of a former children’s home through conversion and the creation of a series of courtyards of new flats in the former landscaped gardens, for Wimpey Homes in partnership with North Tyneside Council.

Cheshire Home, Crook

1992
Cheshire Home, Crook

A new home for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation providing 24 flats and bedsitting rooms together with communal facilities, planned around an internal “street”.

North Tyneside College

1993
North Tyneside College

The commencement of a five year programme of refurbishment and new build projects transforming the College’s image and campus facilities.

Cowgate Estate, Newcastle

1993
Cowgate Estate, Newcastle

A development of four phases of new flats and houses for this struggling estate, for North British Housing Association Limited.

Howard House, North Shields

1993
Howard House, North Shields

The former Mechanics Institute and Free Library was converted to create the North Tyneside Business Advice Centre as part of the extensive urban renewal programme at Union Square, for North Tyneside Council.

Ouseburn Water Sports Association, Newcastle

1994
Ouseburn Water Sports Association, Newcastle

This new clubhouse makes a big statement despite its small size, and acts as a gatepost to the Ouseburn Valley, for the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation.

Aykley Heads Farm, Durham

1994
Aykley Heads Farm, Durham

Refurbishment of existing farm buildings beside new build houses, all designed and constructed with meticulous attention to detail and high quality of finish, for Rivergreen Developments plc.

Dunston Hill Day Hospital, Gateshead

1994
Dunston Hill Day Hospital, Gateshead

Designed to sit comfortably within an 18th Century walled garden, this development offers care in the community for the mentally infirm, for Gateshead Health Authority.

Jane receives her OBE

1995
Jane receives her OBE

The whole office travels first class on the train to spend the day in London – the crowds outside Buckingham Palace are intrigued as a group of architects from Newcastle scream and shout through the railings as Jane appears in front of the Palace entrance.

Marie Curie Centre, Newcastle

1995
Marie Curie Centre, Newcastle

A 24 bed hospice designed to create an atmosphere of a large comfortable country house whilst offering the most advanced techniques in palliative care, for The Marie Curie Foundation.

Riverside Early Years Training Centre, North Shields

1995
Riverside Early Years Training Centre, North Shields

The central “street” is at the heart of this building that uniquely combines two 50-place nurseries and an out-of-school unit with training and conference facilities for childcare professionals, for North Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Challenge and Childcare Enterprise.

The Roseline, Sunderland

1996
The Roseline, Sunderland

The extensive repair and conversion of an 18th Century warehouse on the banks of the Wear created office and restaurant accommodation and a vibrant addition to the waterfront, for Rivergreen Developments plc.

Crawford House, Newcastle

1996
Crawford House, Newcastle

The conversion of former doctor’s accommodation at The Royal Victoria Infirmary created a comfortable and welcoming “Home from Home” for families of sick children receiving treatment at the hospital, for The Sick Children’s Trust. 12 years later we are currently managing the extension of their facility to accommodate 7 more families.

Aykley Heads House, Durham

1996
Aykley Heads House, Durham

The fabric of this complex Grade II* 17th century country house was saturated and fire damaged. It’s careful repair created office and restaurant accommodation within a restored historic interior. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

10 Years On

1997
10 Years On

The Millmount rest Home for bewildered architects invite guests to the practice’s 10 year party.

The Parks, North Shields

1997
The Parks, North Shields

This large, indoor bowls, sports and leisure centre was the recipient of the largest Sports Council Lottery Award in the country at the time of its construction and is used as an example of good design by Sport England. For North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside City Challenge.

East Howard Street, North Shields

1997
East Howard Street, North Shields

This previously derelict area of the town centre was completely transformed through a 3 phase development that included restoration of high quality 19th century Listed buildings and infill of sensitively designed new build, for North Tyneside City Challenge, Enterprise 5 Housing Association and Wimpey Homes.

Thomas Hawksley Park, Sunderland

1998
Thomas Hawksley Park, Sunderland

Nine modern houses sit beside the redeveloped Grade II* boiler house, engine house and gardener’s cottage at this former reservoir site. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Stagline Building, North Shields

1998
Stagline Building, North Shields

The restoration and conversion of this Grade II Listed building has created an elegant location for the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages. For North Tyneside City Challenge.

Chipchase, Percy Hedley Centre North Tyneside

1998
Chipchase, Percy Hedley Centre North Tyneside

Having spent a number of years working at the Percy Hedley School we were commissioned to design an extension to their adult unit to provide new dining, living, activity and therapy facilities for the residents.

Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham

1999
Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham

The construction of these four two storey office buildings, laid out formally around a new lawned garden, form the final phase of the redevelopment of the estate of Aykley Heads House. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Horton Grange Hotel, Northumberland

1999
Horton Grange Hotel, Northumberland

Our new light weight garden pavilion houses the hotel’s dining room, contrasting effectively with the solidity of the historic stone built country house and addressing the gardens, also designed by ourselves.

Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe

1999
Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe

The centre provides a base for a range of statutory and voluntary organisations providing services to support vulnerable people in the community. The Centre includes a hydrotherapy pool and GP practice. For Sedgefield District Council.

Irishgate Bridge, Carlisle

2000
Irishgate Bridge, Carlisle

Our design was successful in winning the national design competition for a new pedestrian bridge over the city’s dual carriage ring road, re-connecting the historic core of the city to the castle green. For Carlisle City Council.

Prudhoe Waterworld

2000
Prudhoe Waterworld

A significant dry sports extension to this very successful leisure pool, including a high-tech gym, exercise studio, a café over looking the pool, a crèche, soft play area and changing facilities, for Leisure Tynedale.

Quayside House, Sunderland

2000
Quayside House, Sunderland

Designed to compliment the historic Roseline building opposite which it is located, Quayside House provides high quality office accommodation, a key component to the regeneration of Sunderland’s riverside. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Amble Town Square

2001
Amble Town Square

The design development for this new town square included a number of community workshops and contributions form local artists and crafts people. For Amble Regeneration Partnership.

The Old Town Hall, North Shields

2001
The Old Town Hall, North Shields

The restoration of this complex group of Grade II Listed buildings created a training, conference and media workspace venue with gallery and catering facilities. For North Tyneside Council and Kendall Cross Holdings Ltd.

Former Royal Infirmary Site, Chester

2001
Former Royal Infirmary Site, Chester

The first of a number of housing projects we have undertaken in the North West. Here 106 apartments and town houses are set around a series of courtyards and walkways, in a reducing gradation of density reflecting the differing characters of the two ends of the site. For Bryant Homes.

The Bars, Chester

2002
The Bars, Chester

A high density scheme for Wimpey Homes in the heart of this historic town. On reviewing the scheme The Royal Fine Art Commission commented that they were “particularly pleased to see a volume house builder taking such a responsive attitude to a sensitive and difficult site.”

Blyth Sure Start

2002
Blyth Sure Start

The first of many Sure Start and Children’s Centre projects for the practice. This commission was to alter and extend an existing run-down nursery building as well as dramatically altering the image of the setting to remove the stigma that the community attached to the site.

St Oswald’s Children’s Services, Newcastle

2002
St Oswald’s Children’s Services, Newcastle

The eight bed respite care facility compliments the existing adult, in-patient and day care accommodation all designed by the practice.

Offices, Aykley Heads, Durham

2003
Offices, Aykley Heads, Durham

The contemporary design aims to reflect their historic and landscaped setting adjacent to Aykley Heads House whilst providing high quality, low energy office space. For Durham County Council.

Pottergate, Alnwick

2003
Pottergate, Alnwick

2003 saw the completion of a project for which we were first commissioned by the land owner 3 years earlier. Its town houses and apartments are designed to be sympathetic to the historically sensitive site. For The Northumberland Estates and Rivergreen Developments plc

CABE’s Healthy Hospitals Campaign

2003
CABE’s Healthy Hospitals Campaign

We were one of four architects selected nationally to develop concept designs for hospital environments aimed to reduce patient, visitor and staff stress and promote patient well being. We were delighted to receive 52% of the public on-line vote for the most preferred proposals.

Wear Valley Sure Start

2004
Wear Valley Sure Start

We undertook two major Sure Start projects in the Bishop Auckland area for Wear Valley Sure Start. Both involved altering and extending existing education/childcare facilities with an aim to alter the local community’s pre-conceptions about the localities.

Medical School Facilities at Sunderland Royal Infirmary

2004
Medical School Facilities at Sunderland Royal Infirmary

We developed detail proposals and delivered this new teaching facility project via novation to the contractor. For City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust and Kendall Cross Holdings Ltd.

Masterplan and Design Code for the Lambton Cokeworks Site

2004
Masterplan and Design Code for the Lambton Cokeworks Site

Our work set out the framework for this regeneration site as a country park with 12 hectares of housing, embracing a sustainable agenda. For English Partnerships, One North East and Sunderland City Council.

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

2005
Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

A complex project of repair, restoration and subtle contemporary extensions, high quality workmanship and modern interiors which has created a luxurious hotel environment fitting of the historical importance of this building. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

40 West Sunniside, Sunderland

2005
40 West Sunniside, Sunderland

A fine Grade II Listed building in the heart of Sunderland’s Sunniside regeneration area, converted into four apartments over a ground floor commercial unit, for Gentoo Ventures Ltd.

Rivergreen Industry Centre, Sunderland

2005
Rivergreen Industry Centre, Sunderland

This former industrial site in the Pallion area of Sunderland has been redeveloped with eight highly flexible production units varying in size from 3,000sqft to 13,000sqft. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Elliot House, Newcastle

2006
Elliot House, Newcastle

The latest of many projects on this site for the Tyneside Cyrenians, this development of bedrooms and offices was designed with a simple timber frame to enable some of the occupants of Elliot House to be involved in the construction and hence learn new skills.

The Rivergreen Centre, Durham

2006
The Rivergreen Centre, Durham

A serviced office and conference development that is an exemplar both in terms of being a healthy and pleasurable place in which to work and the minimising of its impact on its immediate surroundings and the wider global environment. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Teaching and hydrotherapy pool, Sir Charles Parsons School, Newcastle upon Tyne

2006
Teaching and hydrotherapy pool, Sir Charles Parsons School, Newcastle upon Tyne

A new pool and changing provision at this special secondary school, part of Newcastle City Council’s New Opportunities Fund for PE and Sport programme on which we worked between 2003 and 2008.

Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Sunderland

2007
Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Sunderland

A project that included a major refurbishment of the exhibition areas with essential roof and stonework repairs to this Grade II* building being undertaken at the same time. For Tyne and Wear Museums.

Complete Football, Newcastle

2007
Complete Football, Newcastle

The first of a number of similar schemes that we are appointed to develop across the UK, which will be based on this development in Gosforth. For Complete Football.

Housing at The Wynd, Amble

2007
Housing at The Wynd, Amble

An innovative scheme of 12 houses designed to take advantage of the fantastic views both east and west of the site. The development has been awarded an Eco Homes rating of Excellent. For Rivergreen Developments plc.

Alnwick town centre Alnwick Market Place

2008
Alnwick town centre Alnwick Market Place

Exciting proposals were developed through this scoping study to consider a range of innovative but practical ideas for covering the market place in order to extend the use of the square. For Alnwick Development Trust.

Fourways 2, Amble

2008
Fourways 2, Amble

This development in Amble, Northumberland has created a vibrant centre for local community and businesses and is a bold demonstration of the regeneration that is ongoing in this North-East town. For The Amble Development Trust

JDDK Visit Sweden

2008
JDDK Visit Sweden

June 2008, the whole office visit Malmo and Stockholm in Sweden, researching sustainable housing developments, and the Swedish culture!

Wild Bird Discovery Centre, Saltholme

2009
Wild Bird Discovery Centre, Saltholme

This award winning project delivers an exciting and innovative education, community and visitor centre at the heart of the RSPB International Nature Reserve at Saltholme.

St Oswald’s Hospice Treatment Centre, Newcastle

2009
St Oswald’s Hospice Treatment Centre, Newcastle

This award winning treatment and complimentary therapy facility extends the current day centre service at the hospice.

Doxford Park, Sunderland

2009
Doxford Park, Sunderland

We have been appointed by Gentoo Ventures Ltd to carry out the design and phased implementation of the complete renewal of this estate, creating 700 new homes and addressing long term maintenance, sustainability and anti-social behaviour issues that the original state experienced.

The Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow

2010
The Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow

Having developed the design for this new £16million hospice on a steeply sloping site in Springburn, Glasgow, we are now working for Sir Robert McAlpine for its delivery on site which is due to complete at the end of 2009.

Former Stannington Hospital Site, Northumberland

2010
Former Stannington Hospital Site, Northumberland

We are acting for both Bellway Homes and Rivergreen Developments plc for the detail design and delivery of this complex mix-used scheme.

Hawkshead Place, Newton Aycliffe

2010
Hawkshead Place, Newton Aycliffe

Our proposals formed the basis for Tees Valley Housing/Southdale Homes’ winning bid for this site. The scheme seeks to create a unique sense of place with a design led approach to the public realm.

Jubilee Court, Fawdon

2011
Jubilee Court, Fawdon

Leazes Homes’ £1.9m development is designed for vulnerable young families who can live independently here but with on-site discrete support if required for two years. 15 two bedroom apartments and four, two bedroom houses face a communal landscaped and sheltered courtyard.

Sure Start Children’s Outreach Centre at Barnard Castle

2011
Sure Start Children’s Outreach Centre at Barnard Castle

Replacing the previous bungalow on such a prominent site, this low level sustainable building features  a sedum roof and clear storey glazing shaded by cedar brise-soleil panels to create 150 sq metres of internal space which can be subdivided into different configurations for different groups.

Marymount Hospice, Cork

2011
Marymount Hospice, Cork

The €50m St Patrick’s Hospital and Marymount Hospice was a joint collaboration between ourselves and the Dublin-based Scott Tallon Walker Architects. The building accommodates 119 patients in five wards centred around a welcoming atrium.

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

2012
St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

A multi-phase £15m project which began with the new build Education Centre, opened in 2012, and has continued with an extensive redevelopment and the refurbishment of the listed parts of the existing building in close collaboration with both Historic Scotland and the Conservation officers of Edinburgh City Council

Napier Street, Shieldfield

2012
Napier Street, Shieldfield

This £2.8m scheme provides 15 supported apartments for people with learning difficulties and 10, three bedroom family townhouses to provide affordable high quality housing and an integrated, mixed community within the City of Newcastle.

Holborn House, South Shields

2012
Holborn House, South Shields

A £1.8m innovative refurbishment of a 19th Century landmark building which creates 26 new apartments for the Isos Housing Group. Whilst retaining the unique quality of the existing building and setting, the design creates an inspirational environment equal to any purpose-built new build development.

Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh

2013
Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh

The £2.3m refurbishment of the 1970’s built hospice extended six of the 15 bedrooms whilst providing balconies to the first floor bedrooms. The main entrance area was transformed into a more welcoming two storey foyer space which now forms a central hub to the whole hospice.

New Commercial Unit at Milkhope Centre

2013
New Commercial Unit at Milkhope Centre

The 3,500 sq ft unit for Gustharts Chainsaw Centre blends traditional elements of Northumbrian rural architecture with contemporary features to create a purpose built centre which sits well within the existing context.

Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice, Solihull

2013
Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice, Solihull

A 24 bedroom, £13m facility which fuses domestic architecture with an open plan layout set in a mature landscape setting. All patient rooms and circulation areas have external views with additional internal windows to prevent feelings of isolation.

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

2014
St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

A £26m conversion and new-build project centered around two Grade B listed buildings in the Trinity Conservation Area which has created an exceptional 30 bed hospice care facility.

Bellevue House, Durham City

2014
Bellevue House, Durham City

An award-winning five bedroom family home which is contemporary in design with a very traditional setting in the heart of Durham City and visible from many parts of the historic area.

Freeman Hospital, Home from Home

2014
Freeman Hospital, Home from Home

An unique two storey development for the Sick Children’s Trust providing19 bedrooms designed for single, double and family occupancy to provide accommodation for families of children receiving treatment in the adjacent hospital.

St Mary’s Inn, Stannington

2015
St Mary’s Inn, Stannington

Converted from the former Administration Building of St Mary’s Hospital into a boutique pub and Bed & Breakfast with 11 en-suite bedroom suites, the highly serviced building was completed in a fast track programme in time for Christmas bookings, including our own!

Wear Referrals Veterinary Hospital, Sedgefield

2015
Wear Referrals Veterinary Hospital, Sedgefield

This centre of excellence is equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art facilities for specialist animal care, yet the high tech sustainable building sits discretely in the surrounding rural environment, featuring sedum roof, biomass heating and photovoltaic panels.

King Edward VI School, Morpeth

2015
King Edward VI School, Morpeth

The transformation of outdated buildings into a modern Music School and a remodeled Advance Learning Centre are typical education projects involving restricted budgets and very  tight construction deadlines and programmes.

Thorpe Hall Sue Ryder Hospice, Peterborough

2016
Thorpe Hall Sue Ryder Hospice, Peterborough

The £6m development of a 20 bed ward is set in the old kitchen garden of the Grade I listed country house, itself set in a Grade II listed landscape. A contemporary and low impact structure containing 20 ground floor rooms with en-suite facilities and individual patio doors.

Adler Close, Gateshead

2016
Adler Close, Gateshead

12 , three storey, five bedroom homes designed specifically to meet the requirements of traditionally large Jewish families, with specific features for their unique needs.

The Elms specialist housing, Chester-le-Street

2016
The Elms specialist housing, Chester-le-Street

Praised by the HCA, the £6.5m scheme for Cestria Hosuing is designed for the over 55’s in accordance to recommendations set out by the HAPA report and consists of 52 apartments and six bungalows.