Throughout his career, Spence was involved in the design of homes.

“The object is to build for human beings in the same way that a tailor builds a suit of clothes round a certain body.”

(Sir Basil Spence)

In the late 1950s, there was a growing shift in his work from large mansions for the rich (such as the 1937 country house 'Gribloch', Stirlingshire) to mass housing projects for working-class 'council tenants' – the most spectacular of which was the gigantic high-rise Hutchesontown 'C' redevelopment in Glasgow's Gorbals district.