Experience and Knowledge

With over 50 years' experience of designing specialist housing and care settings, our projects range from small specialist dementia care homes to large retirement villages.

Creating Better Places

We share a common goal with our clients: to create sustainable places where people will thrive, feel secure and be proud to call home.

People Focused

We create places that are valued by their residents and support them to be independent whilst managing long-term care needs.

Our experience working with housing associations, charities, local authorities, care providers and private developers gives us a broad understanding of the increasingly diverse older population and their changing needs of care, from mainstream to specialised housing schemes such as extra care accommodation and specialist dementia care homes.

We recognise the power of the built environment to encourage active ageing, and enhance residents’ long-term health and wellbeing. On every project we seek to encourage social and community participation and design out barriers to physical activity.

Our ongoing research into better housing design for older people informs the standard we set for mainstream housing design, where we apply the principles of accessibility and adaptability to accommodate the wide ranging physical needs of our society, particularly in later life.

Meet our Later Living and Care Experts

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Chris Turner
BA(Hons)  MArch  PgDip  ARB  RIBA Chris joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in... Read More

BA(Hons)  MArch  PgDip  ARB  RIBA

Chris joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2018 after working in London where he led the delivery of major mixed-use regeneration schemes in both the UK and abroad with project values of over £120m. Becoming a Director of the practice in 2021 Chris is now applying his passion for environmentally and socially responsible architecture and urban design to help shape the ethos and vision of the practice.

He has wide experience of public consultation processes and has repeatedly represented the practice during the engagement of complex and varied stakeholder groups, local authorities and review panels. Chris is responsible for several sectors including schools, urban regeneration, placemaking, later living and care.

Working with a wide range of private sector and local authority clients Chris is adept at taking their projects through complex planning processes and supporting them to create truly transformative places.

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Josie Dorling
BArch(Hons)  MArch  PgCert  ARB Josie joined Poynton Bradbury in 2018 having... Read More

BArch(Hons)  MArch  PgCert  ARB

Josie joined Poynton Bradbury in 2018 having graduated with a distinction in her master's degree at the University of Sheffield.  She previously worked in London gaining experience in the private residential, mixed-use, and masterplanning sectors.

Whilst undertaking her thesis project, Josie developed a passion for older people’s housing and care.  Her research into how architects can use design to improve quality of life by avoiding social isolation and loneliness amongst residents informs her approach to practice today within the Later Living and Care team. She also has a strong interest in environmentally sustainable design and plays a key role within the practice’s Sustainability Group, primarily providing support with implementing the practice's committments as signatories to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.

Josie qualified as an Architect in 2022 after gaining a distinction in her training at the University of West England, Bristol.

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Senior Architect
Carl Fowler
BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  RIBA  ARB Carl has a wealth of experience on large... Read More

BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  RIBA  ARB

Carl has a wealth of experience on large commercial and residential projects in the North West of England for national and international clients as well as together with local authorities. During his time at Poynton Bradbury, he has successfully completed several projects, including the Tamar Crossing Offices, ESAM Advanced Manufacturing office and industrial building, Exmouth Watersports Centre, The Liner, Ocean View apartments, and Launceston College’s new science teaching building.

Carl brings extensive knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the delivery of projects through BIM software alongside leading the practice’s BIM Management and Implementation program. As a senior member of the practice Carl is able to manage multi-disciplinary teams and complex client groups, nurturing strong project team relationships and ensuring that design remains central to the delivery process,

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Architectural Assistant
Milly Salisbury
BA (Hons)  DipLSA  Milly is a Part II Architectural Assistant with experience... Read More

BA (Hons)  DipLSA 

Milly is a Part II Architectural Assistant with experience in architecture, the public realm and landscape design and research. She joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2022 and since graduating from the University of Plymouth in 2012 has worked on projects in the Southwest, London, Athens, and Australia.

Designing in diverse contexts has sparked a particular interest in place and vernacular architecture. Throughout her work, there has always been a focus on the adaptive reuse of buildings and spaces to make them sustainable, relevant and useful to our changing needs.

Milly is one of the founding cohort of the London School of Architecture and graduated with distinction. Her thesis explored our relationship with public buildings. She enjoyed being part of developing the culture at the school which seeks to bring architectural education and employment together in a collaborative environment.

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Specialist Housing and Adult Social Care Architects

Our portfolio encompasses a diverse array of projects, spanning from specialised dementia care homes to expansive retirement villages. Our commitment extends across various tenures, catering to the needs of a wide-ranging clientele. This includes private developers seeking innovative solutions, compassionate care providers dedicated to enhancing quality of life, charitable organisations focused on community well-being, local authorities with a vested interest in sustainable housing, and housing associations aiming to create inclusive living environments.

In the realm of specialist dementia care, we design homes that prioritise the unique needs of individuals, fostering an environment that promotes comfort and security. Simultaneously, our involvement in the development of large retirement villages underscores our dedication to creating vibrant communities for senior residents, emphasising active and fulfilling lifestyles.

Our collaborative approach ensures that each project is tailored to the specific requirements and vision of our clients. By seamlessly navigating through different tenures and collaborating with a diverse array of stakeholders, including private, public, and nonprofit entities, we contribute to the creation of inclusive, purposeful spaces that enrich the lives of residents and positively impact the communities we serve.

If you have a specific enquiry or if there's anything further you'd like to explore with us, please contact our team – we’re here to assist in every aspect of your project.