Space Architects (Europe)

Space Architects improve peoples lives through the building that enhance opportunity.
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If you’re a ‘Spacer’, then you have a passion to make a difference.

Spacers are the collective term for all the people who work at Space Architects, all sharing a desire to enjoy what they do, as well as to make a difference in the lives of the people who use the spaces they design.

Established in 1957 by Arnold Waring and Len Netts, the firm was born out of a shared enthusiasm for community architecture. After setting up their first office in Newcastle, they designed local libraries, a swimming pool, the Civic Hall, much needed social housing, as well as many of the city landmarks that remain today. Its reputation for award-winning housing helped the firm move into education and housing, followed by commercial developments in the 1990s.

Today, the core principles of making a difference to society remain at the very heart of the practice, combined with a firm belief in the possibilities great spaces can create.

Within Space Architects, the word ‘staff’ is banned, principally because of the belief it implies there’s a hierarchical structure which simply does not exist. The firm recognises that each and everyone of its people is different, unique and has their own story and needs.

As a values-driven business, diversity and inclusion is part of the culture, with a desire to create a balanced team with the right attitude and skills.

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Wellbeing

80% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Wellbeing is an essential part of Space Architects' culture with several specific initiatives to provide support to those who need it. Employees have access to a dedicated Teams channel that offers mental health information, as well as access to an onsite gym and virtual yoga sessions to encourage healthier habits and support physical wellbeing.
Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The organisation continues to support a number of charitable causes, such as providing school uniforms to the children of Cherry Tree View and presents for children of all ages. In 2021, the 'Spacers Cycling Club' set a challenge of achieving 1000 miles, with the business donating the funds raised to a local food bank.
Personal Growth

86% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Space Architects believes that confidence is an essential part of development, and so they encourage younger team members to challenge themselves and learn from their experiences. The organisation runs a bi-annual development process that focuses on employees' short- and long-term plans, aligning them with its five principles of a balanced career.
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80% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Wellbeing is an essential part of Space Architects' culture with several specific initiatives to provide support to those who need it. Employees have access to a dedicated Teams channel that offers mental health information, as well as access to an onsite gym and virtual yoga sessions to encourage healthier habits and support physical wellbeing.
Giving Something Back
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96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The organisation continues to support a number of charitable causes, such as providing school uniforms to the children of Cherry Tree View and presents for children of all ages. In 2021, the 'Spacers Cycling Club' set a challenge of achieving 1000 miles, with the business donating the funds raised to a local food bank.
Personal Growth
96%

86% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Space Architects believes that confidence is an essential part of development, and so they encourage younger team members to challenge themselves and learn from their experiences. The organisation runs a bi-annual development process that focuses on employees' short- and long-term plans, aligning them with its five principles of a balanced career.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1957
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
38
Employee average age
69% : 31%
Male : Female employee ratio
40%
Employees earning £35k+
13%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Our people are our business, and we put their development and wellbeing at the centre of our culture. We believe our team should have a balanced career where they are inspired, challenged, rewarded, valued in a business where they can grow. These five aspects are embedded in our bi-annual development discussions to understand every team member's individual needs. We want our people to enjoy working in a happy and supported environment.

Rob Charlton, CEO

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