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Leon Krier’s ground-breaking urban design scheme, which was once beset by criticism from many quarters is now a thriving and beautiful place. The design is based on traditional European town-planning principles swept away in recent decades by the increased dominance of highway engineering since the end of the Second World War. Drawing upon many traditional Dorset village design principles, this is a masterclass in civic design rarely encountered in modern Britain. Working on this stellar project with Leon Krier was an exceptional experience.
‘Krier’s introduction to Dorset began in 1988 when HRH Prince Charles appointed him to create plans for a ‘walkable’ urban village and suburban development. In 1993 following public consultations, the local planning authority approved Kier’s master plan and construction of what is now known as Poundbury began.’
URBAN DESIGN PROPOSALS AND SIX HOUSES,
Following work on the masterplan we designed six houses in the first phase of the development.
King Charles firmly believes that Poundbury successfully ‘‘breaks the mould of conventional housing developments.’’
After 20 years of development and with Leon Krier still at the forefront of the evolution of the project the population of Poundbury is some 3000 people with approximately 1500 jobs created in over one hundred new businesses.
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