Our philosophy

To improve people’s lives through buildings that enhance opportunity.

Our business was founded on a commitment to social responsibility, designing buildings that provide innovative approaches to challenges facing society.

Our desire to make our creativity count in ways that go further than the physical spaces we help to create, continues to drive us today.

We believe every environment we create should have an impact that helps stimulate opportunities and bring about improvements to the wider world and society around it in many different ways.

That’s why we start by asking the big questions – what is this building designed to enable? What contribution can it make to people’s lives? What value can it create beyond its physicality?

We strive to help our clients find the right answers to the questions that matter.

Our people

Our people are creative in their thinking and early adopters of new approaches and technologies. We focus on the outcomes required by our clients and work hard to deliver these within their parameters.

We are always looking ahead and constantly considering how we can improve quality, reduce costs and save time on each project we undertake.

In recent years we’ve invested in digital technologies, sustainability and offsite fabrication, all of which will play a key role in the future of the design and construction industry.

Our history

With a shared passion for community architecture, Arnold Waring and Len Netts came together in 1957 to establish Waring and Netts Partnership.

They set up their first office in Gosforth, a suburb of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and as District Council Architect designed local libraries, a swimming pool, the Civic Hall and much needed social housing.

These buildings remain part of the local community and include city landmarks such as Montagu Court overlooking the town moor.

Award-winning housing helped Waring and Netts build a reputation and by the 1970s the practice was also specialising in education and healthcare. Commercial developments such as Trinity Gardens and Baltic Place followed in the 1990s.

Public sector spending increased at the beginning of the millennium and, with investment in schools and hospitals, the practice continued to grow across the UK.

In 2007 Waring and Netts became Space Architects in response to increasing diversity and a national presence. In the private sector multi-million-pound commercial projects such as Stephenson Quarter expanded the portfolio further.

At the beginning of a new decade, Space maintain the values established by Arnold and Len over 60 years ago while continuing to invest in the people and communities in which we work.