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Duchy of Cornwall

Poundbury

Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, according to principles of architecture and urban planning as advocated by HRH The Prince of Wales in his book ‘A Vision of Britain’.

Poundbury, built on Duchy of Cornwall land, is currently home to some 4,150 people in a mix of private and affordable housing, as well as providing employment for 2,300 people working in more than 207 shops, cafés, offices and factories. A further 550 people are employed in construction across the site and many more are self-employed and at times work from home.

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HRH The Prince of Wales
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When I set out on this venture, I was determined that Poundbury would break the mould of conventional housing development in this country, and create an attractive place for people to live, work and play. Many people said that it could never succeed but I am happy to say that the sceptics were wrong and it is now a thriving urban settlement alongside Dorchester. 

HRH The Prince of Wales

 
 

MASTER CRAFTSMANSHIP

Poundbury is designed to create a sustainable community which achieves an attractive, modern and pleasing place in which people can live, work, shop and play. Particular emphasis is placed on the quality of place making through time honoured principles, urban design, landscaping and the selection of materials. 

Every day hundreds of craftsman, specialist contractors and professionals work on the buildings and infrastructure at Poundbury. From urban designers to plumbers, builders and apprentices, many have learnt their trade in Poundbury. CG Fry’s Steve Walker has been working here since its conception and wins awards year after year for his management and remarkable knowledge of the project and its delivery.

Local firms hosted a Careers Open Day Initiative in Poundbury in May 2019. The aim of this event was to highlight the employment and training opportunities available in the Construction Industry, particularly in Dorset.

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  • Poundbury master craftsmen
  • Sunset on Poundbury house
  • Sunset over Queen Mother Square, Poundbury
  • The Duchess of Cornwall Inn
 

POUNDBURY'S LATEST NEWS

POUNDBURY GARDEN CENTRE RE-OPENS

POUNDBURY GARDEN CENTRE RE-OPENS

The Garden Centre is re-opening with safety protocols in place

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GREAT FIELD UPDATE

GREAT FIELD UPDATE

Planting is complete for this season and wildflower areas are established - an update on progress

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Poundbury residents asked to help with bird box survey

Poundbury residents asked to help with bird box survey

Help to monitor the swift boxes and support the research of the RSPB

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