About

Practice Overview

IDPartnership are an award-winning multidisciplinary architecture practice encompassing the creative professional skills of architects, town planners, urban designers, technologists and visualisation experts.

First established in 1982 as Smith Darby Partnership, our head office in the former Church of St Jude, Newcastle opened in 1989 as Ian Darby Partnership.

Taking pride in our ethical design approach, we reinvigorate communities and create sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.

Our open design studio encourages collaborative discussion between professionals with diverse skillsets and expertise, fostering innovative ideas and ensuring proposals are rigorously considered from project inception through to completion.

As interest in sustainability has grown IDPartnership has remained at the forefront of this design philosophy. Rather than focus on sustainability as a one-dimensional technological solution, we have always approached development in a holistic way. Through careful and considered analysis, testing and design we develop integrated and lasting solutions. We have a proven track record of delivering projects to the highest standards across a range of sectors.

Staiths South Bank, Blyth Beach Huts and The Rise at Scotswood are a few examples of award-winning projects which have brought us widespread recognition and praise for our passion for architecture and commitment to quality.

IDPartnership have been awarded ISO 9001 for our quality assurance procedures and ISO 14001 for our environmental management systems. We are also recognised ‘Investors in People’, ensuring staff remain up-to date with latest policy, guidance and technique.

Our Awards

  • 2017 Winner – Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) North East – Award for Outstanding Development of the Year – Tree Top Village, Walker
  • 2017 Winner – RICS Awards North East – Residential Category – Staiths South Bank, Gateshead (also shortlisted in Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, and Regeneration categories)
  • 2015 Double Winner – Newcastle Lord Mayor’s Design Awards – Housing Category and Lord Mayor’s Special Regeneration Award – The Rise, Scotswood
  • 2015 Winner – RTPI Planning Excellence Award – Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing – The Rise, Scotswood
  • 2015 Winner of the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Residential Category – The Rise, Scotswood (Also shortlisted in Regeneration Category)
  • 2015 Shortlisted for RICS North East Renaissance Award – Building Conservation Category – Heathfield House, Low Fell, Gateshead
  • 2015 Shortlisted for RICS North East Renaissance Award – Tourism & Leisure Category – Grand Marquee, Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley
  • 2014 Building for Life ‘Diamond Status’ Accreditation – Hollygate Park, Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire (One of 16 schemes highly commended by Built for Life 12)
  • 2014 Winner – Constructing Excellence in the North East – Innovation Award – Plan B Housing (with Elliott Associates and Housing Consultancy Plus)
  • 2014 Shortlisted for the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Residential Category – Elba Park, New Lambton
  • 2014 Winner of the Northern LABC Building Excellence Awards for Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at The Ridings, Kibblesworth (and Highly Commended for Moorhill / Coltspool, Kibblesworth)
  • 2011 Winner of the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Residential Category – Amytis Gardens, South Shields
  • 2011 Shortlisted for the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Community Benefit Category – Plevna Mews Retirement Village
  • 2011 Commended for the LABC Building Excellence Best Small Housing Development – Kibblesworth Phase 1
  • 2010 Shortlisted for the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Sustainability Category – Blyth Beach Chalets
  • 2008 Winner of Sunderland City Council’s Building Control Quality Award for Best Housing Project – Fulwell Abattoir
  • 2006 Winner of the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Residential Category – Staiths South Bank, Gateshead
  • 2006 Shortlisted for the RICS North East Renaissance Award – Regeneration Category – Staiths South Bank, Gateshead
  • 2005 Winner – Regeneration Awards: Best Housing Led Regeneration Project – Staiths South Bank, Gateshead
  • 2005 Bronze Prize in Sustainability – RICS North East Renaissance Award – Sage Offices, Newcastle Great Park
  • 2004 Winner – North East Journal Awards: Landmark Award – Sage Offices, Newcastle Great Park
  • 2004 Winner – North East Journal Awards: Office Development Award – Sage Offices, Newcastle Great Park
  • 2002 Winner – North East Journal Awards: Service Business of the Year
  • 1998 Commendation – Newcastle Lord Mayor’s Design Awards – New Building Category – Tyneside Foyer
  • 1994 Commendation – Newcastle Lord Mayor’s Design Awards – Refurbishment Category – St. Jude’s, Shieldfield

Our Clients

  • A&P Group
  • Accent Foundation Limited
  • Anchor Housing
  • ARC Racing & Leisure Group
  • Arch: Northumberland Development Company
  • Asda
  • Avant Homes
  • BAE Systems
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Banks Developments
  • Barratt Homes
  • Barrhead Housing Association
  • Barton Wilmore
  • Bass Brewery
  • Bellway
  • Bernicia Homes
  • Bett Homes
  • BioRegional
  • Boklok Ikea
  • Bolton at Home
  • Boleyn & Forest Housing Association
  • Bovis Homes
  • Bowey Homes
  • Bradford & Northern Housing Association LLP
  • Broadacres Housing Association
  • Buccleuch Group
  • Bullock
  • Byker Community Trust
  • Cairn Housing Association
  • Cameron Breweries
  • Cameron Hall Developments
  • Cannon Kirk Homes
  • Castle Morpeth
  • Centreland
  • Cestria Community Housing
  • Charterhouse
  • Chevin Housing Association Limited
  • Cheviot Housing Association Limited
  • City Lofts
  • CNC Property Management Ltd
  • Coast and Country Housing
  • Commercial Estates Group
  • Connect Housing
  • Countylife
  • Coventry Churches Housing Association
  • Crest Nicholson
  • Crowncare
  • Crowther
  • Cussins
  • CWS
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Daventry District Council
  • David Wilson Homes
  • Derwent Valley Foods
  • Derwentside Homes
  • Dunelm Homes
  • Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association
  • Durham County Council
  • Dysart
  • Easington District
  • East Thames Housing Association
  • Elphinstone
  • Emmaus
  • Endeavour Housing Association
  • Enterprise 5 Housing Association Ltd
  • English Churches Housing Group
  • Erimus Housing
  • Esh Group
  • Ettrick
  • Evans Property Group
  • Express Group
  • Fairclough
  • Family Housing Association
  • FAR Centre
  • First Ark
  • Formica
  • Forrest
  • Forth Ports
  • Four Housing Group
  • Frank Haslam
  • Freemans Almshouses
  • Galliford Try
  • Gateshead College
  • Gateshead Council
  • Gateshead Redheugh 1957
  • Gateshead Housing Company
  • Gavurin
  • Gentoo
  • George Wimpey
  • Gladedale
  • Greenwich Hospital
  • Glasgow Housing Association
  • Gleeson Homes
  • GMI Construction Group
  • Gus Robinson Developments Ltd
  • Habinteg Housing Association Limited
  • Halldale Properties
  • Haig Homes
  • Hannover Housing Association
  • Hanro
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Hartlepool United FC
  • Haslam Homes
  • Headrow Limited
  • Helios Real Estate
  • Henry Boot Limited
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Home Group
  • Hospitaller
  • Housing & Care 21
  • Housing Hartlepool
  • IHC Merwede
  • Isos Housing
  • Jephson Housing Association Limited
  • Johnnie Johnson Housing
  • JG Land & Estates
  • Keepmoat
  • Kier Partnership Homes
  • Kingswater Homes
  • Kingswood Homes
  • Kitchenware Records
  • Knowsley Housing Trust
  • Ladhar Group
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association Limited
  • Leeds Federated
  • Leicester Housing Association
  • Lindum Homes
  • Lit & Phil (The Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Liver Housing Association
  • Livin Housing Ltd
  • Mansell Limited
  • Maryhill Housing Association
  • McAlpine Homes
  • McGrigors
  • McLean
  • Mencap
  • Metnor Group Plc
  • Middlesbrough College
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • Miller Homes
  • Morris Homes
  • Morrison Construction
  • Natwest Bank
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newcastle University
  • New Tyne West Development Company
  • Nomad E5 Housing Association Limited
  • North Associates
  • North British Housing Association
  • North Tyneside Council
  • Northern Arts
  • Northern Counties Housing Association Limited
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Northumberland Estates
  • Northumbria University
  • Oakapple Group
  • P&O Properties
  • PD Ports
  • Percheron Properties
  • Persimmon Homes
  • Peterlee College
  • Phoenix Housing
  • Pierhead Housing Association Ltd
  • Places for People Homes Limited
  • Port of Tyne
  • Principal Hotels
  • Priority Sites
  • Queens Moat Houses Hotels
  • Railway Housing Association and Benefit Fund
  • Redrow
  • Ridings
  • Riverside
  • Robertson Properties
  • Rok
  • Rule Five Land Limited
  • Sage Group
  • Salix Homes
  • Salvation Army Housing Association
  • Sanctuary Housing Association
  • Scottish & Newcastle Brewery
  • Senntri
  • Shepherd Homes
  • Sherburn Trust
  • Sir John Fitzgerald
  • Southdale
  • South Tyneside Council
  • South Tyneside Homes
  • Spirit Partnership
  • St Modwen Homes
  • Staffordshire Housing Association
  • Standard Life
  • Sterling Investment Partners
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Story Homes
  • Surgo Construction
  • Sterling Investment Partners
  • Sunderland AFC
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Sunderland Housing Group
  • Swallow Hotels
  • Swan Hunter
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Tees Valley Housing Group Limited
  • Tesco
  • Tetley Brewery
  • The Cyrenians
  • The Guinness Trust
  • The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  • Thirteen Group
  • Thornfield
  • Three Rivers Housing Association Limited
  • Tolent
  • Touchstone
  • Turney Wylde Construction
  • Two Castles Housing Association
  • United Biscuits
  • Unity Homes & Enterprise
  • Vanton Developments
  • Vaux Brewery
  • Vico
  • Wansbeck District Council
  • Wates
  • WSHA Limited
  • Wilmott Dixon Construction
  • Woolwich Building Society
  • Yorkshire Metropolitan
  • Yorkshire Housing
  • Yuill Homes
  • Your Homes Newcastle