Poole Harbour


This waterside development will deliver approximately 270 apartments, 12 townhouses and a four-star 150-bed conference hotel (designed by Leech Rhodes Walker) on the 1.13ha site of a former coal yard that previously supplied a nearby gas works.

Poole 1
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The site is currently occupied by a 1960s prefabricated hotel which has come to the end of its design life and an area of derelict land. The site forms part of one of the most recognisable historic quaysides in the country and the design team has worked closely with Poole Council, English Heritage and the Environment Agency to overcome policy, contamination and flooding issues.

English Heritage was particularly supportive of EPR's contemporary approach to the design of the quayside. Our design features a mix-match of cafés spilling out onto the quay and utilises a vertical emphasis to the elevations and various materials that make reference to the historic quay warehouses in the surrounding area. The layout concept takes advantage of the site's spectacular location overlooking Poole Harbour, creating a new sustainable residential community at the eastern end of the Quay Conservation Area in addition to providing a landmark conference hotel destination which will boost economic growth along the quayside.

Cars have been banished to the perimeter of the site with basement parking. The stepping form of the buildings modifies their height down to that of the surrounding residential areas to the north, whilst maximising terrace areas for penthouses that will enjoy magnificent views across the harbour. 

The apartments are a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, with the majority being dual aspect and enjoying harbour views. Providing new public routes through the site will improve pedestrian permeability and connections to the town centre. 

On the site’s northern boundary is a terrace of three-bedroom town houses with private gardens, south-facing terraces at first-floor level and a central lightwell over the dining area. The upper levels are clad in alternating zinc and recycled copper panels evoking the former industrial context. The proportion of affordable housing has been quantified in relation to the cost of building on reclaimed land, heavy site contamination and flood defences.

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Client: Burleigh Estates PLC | Services: Masterplanning | Size: 270 apartments; 12 townhouses