Family-owned, nationally respected

Spence is a family-owned construction, civil engineering and property services company. We take great pride in providing outstanding quality to our clients throughout the UK and great strength in still being independently run since 1973, when the company was founded by Robert Spence.

Today, Robert Spence’s family carry on the original traditions and ethos, whilst remaining a key part of a successfully growing business providing a range of outstanding projects in rail and commercial property.


Jonathon Spence – Managing Director

Luke Spence – Pre-Construction Director

Andy Hill – Engineering Director

Jack Dugdale – Major Projects Director

Simon James – Rail Projects Director

Tim Elliot – Operations Director

Manish Hirani – Finance Director

Jez Brinkley – HSQE Director

Liz Jellows – Human Rescources Director


Nicola Spence – Group Director

Denise Carr – Group Finance Director


Our open and honest approach to business has enabled us to establish long-term relationships with our clients.

Our clients also recognise our determination to always provide work of the highest quality and craftsmanship – on budget and on time, without ever compromising on safety.

These values have stood us, our clients and suppliers, in good stead for almost 40 years. Our culture of treating everyone as we’d like to be treated ourselves has encouraged the growth of those relationships, our business and the development of our staff.

Above all else, as one of the foremost specialists in design, construction services, civil engineering and building services, our vision is to always work responsibly and make the safety of our staff, clients, suppliers and users of our buildings our personal priority.


We understand our clients’ needs …

  • by listening to our clients’ issues
  • by implementing previous experience and knowledge
  • by providing innovative solutions
  • by providing detailed cost-benefits analysis

… before providing the right solutions

  • by equipping expert project management teams
  • by having our own in-house engineering, architectural, mechanical and electrical capabilities
  • by having a dedicated in-house skilled workforce
  • through our own trusted team of sub-contractors and suppliers for specialist requirements


At Spence, we believe that diversity starts in the workplace; from the offices to the construction sites we actively promote diversity in all its forms. We also recognise the importance of addressing diverse needs in our builds and aim to make our works accessible and convenient for people from all walks of life.


Spence operates a management system that complies with these standards in providing the mechanisms to measure, record and continually improve performance in quality, safety and the environment:

BS EN ISO 9001:2015
BS EN ISO 14001:2015
OHSAS 45001:2018
Network Rail Principal Contractor
Network Rail RISQS Verified


When going about our business we strive to be a considerate neighbour. Our team is expected to engage with clients, stakeholders and the local communities in which they operate not only with respect but also to keep them fully informed of all issues which might affect them.


Ethics and sustainability are not just words to Spence. They are the backbone to the very way we conduct ourselves and our business. Our aim is to always have a positive impact on our staff, our clients and all the communities we are involved with in our work.

Our strong values are the foundation of everything we do and not only help us deliver the very best to our clients but form the basis of instilling leadership in our team and integrity in the way we operate. During our operations we maintain a consistent approach that satisfies the legitimate interests of all people concerned. This applies to all stakeholders.

In addition to constantly providing the very best for our clients, our key areas of corporate responsibility lie in:

Health and Safety
Spence aims to maintain one of the best health and safety records in the industry. This is the core objective when we train our staff, develop our risk assessments and improve cultural behaviour.

Whilst we always aim to create commercial success for our clients, we are always aware of our responsibility to communities and our environment and strive to preserve resources, recycle materials and create more opportunities for everyone we are involved with.

We are proud of the way our projects have delivered benefits to the environment and how our construction solutions always consider the long-term impact on local communities.