When work began in 1993, the basic idea was simple; Poundbury would be a high-density urban quarter of Dorchester which gives priority to people, rather than cars, and where commercial buildings are mixed with residential areas, shops and leisure facilities to create a walkable community.

This approach aims to challenge some of the planning assumptions of the latter part of the 20th century and the past decade. As Poundbury has developed, it has demonstrated that there is a genuine alternative to the way in which we build new communities in the UK. 

The architecture of Poundbury is unashamedly traditional and reflects the local style, but it is not a village; it is an urban extension to Dorchester. ZeroC’s flagship centre piece, Strathmore House, sits in pride of place in the very heart of Poundbury on its central square — Queen Mother Square — with easy access to all the amenities of the thriving communities of both Poundbury and Dorchester.

St Johns Square, Poundbury

This stunning development of 1 & 2 bed apartments, coach houses and 3 bed homes overlooks the great field at Poundbury, with easy access to all the amenities of the thriving communities of both Poundbury and Dorchester. View the St Johns Square website

Vickery Court, Poundbury

Vickery Court sits in the very heart of Poundbury, close to Queen Mother Square. This superb development offers a well considered collection of homes, including 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom coach houses and a selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes. View the Vickery Court website

Poundbury is engaging, thought-provoking and an inspiring blend of places to work, shop, eat and live.


Small boutiques, a Waitrose, and a number of intimate cafes are all within short distance and the centre of Dorchester with its wide range of quality shops is just a few minutes by car or public transport.

Wider afield, the Jurassic Coast and the market towns of Sherborne, Beaminster and Bridport are all within easy reach. Small Dorset villages, many with excellent pubs, National Trust houses, a plethora of established footpaths, and ancient monuments means that you will never be short of things to do.

Find out more

Kings Point House, Queen Mother Square, DT1 3BJ

Hours: 10am to 5pm (closed Wednesday and Sunday)

T: 01305 251277

E: salesenquiries@zeroc.co.uk

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