Hospitality and Leisure

Founded in the popular coastal town of St Ives in Cornwall, we have always been immersed by and engaged in the leisure and hospitality sectors. 

Sports, Health and Wellbeing

To enhance the quality of life for every generation we understand the importance of prioritising health and wellbeing in all our sports and leisure projects.

Creating a Sense of Place

Rooted by a strong sense of place our designs provide communities with spaces to enjoy time together and create memorable, rewarding experiences.

For over 50 years our practice has delivered an amazingly diverse range of leisure and hospitality projects, from fitness centres and swimming pools, to hotels and high-performance sport facilities.

From the refurbishment and creative re-use of existing facilities to large-scale new developments, we use our extensive experience to discover the potential of a place and support long-term sustainability by bringing new life to the local community and economy. While successfully raising the value of our client’s assets and delivering a return on their investment.

Our Leisure and Hospitality Team has extensive knowledge in leading projects from Feasibility through to completion. We pride our architectural team on its ability to create solutions that exceed clients’ expectations, delivering for major leisure operators and leading hospitality brands.


Meet our Leisure and Hospitality Experts

Simon Burgess
BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  ARB  RIBA Simon studied architecture at Liverpool... Read More

BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  ARB  RIBA

Simon studied architecture at Liverpool University before moving to London in 1990 to work on a wide range of projects including specialist housing for those with mental and physical disabilities, primary and secondary healthcare projects, sheltered housing and townhouse conversions. He has also illustrated a book on caring environments for the frail elderly and was privileged to work on Stephen Hawking’s private home in Cambridge.

Simon joined the practice in 1997 and has continued to lead a range of building types including schools and colleges, residential, sheltered housing, lifeboat stations and healthcare projects. These included Padstow, Appledore, Hoylake and Lytham St Annes lifeboat stations, the Sunrise Centre at Treliske and Carclaze primary school. Becoming a director in 2008 Simon is responsible for the Environmental and Quality Management Systems, Project and Practice Policies and Procedures and ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditation. 

Simon is particularly interested in ensuring that the experience for those working at Poynton Bradbury is positive and was instrumental in the plans for Poynton Bradbury Architects to become an Employee-Owned Trust in 2019.

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Laura Highton
BSc(Hons)  MArch  ARB  RIBA-SCA Laura joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in... Read More

BSc(Hons)  MArch  ARB  RIBA-SCA

Laura joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2023 and brings a wealth of experience to the practice. Her passion for architecture is focussed on creating sustainable, adaptable, and vibrant spaces thar respond to their surroundings and context. She has skills in contemporary design and has developed an architectural sensitivity in her approach to working in historic settings.

Registered as a RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect, Laura’s expertise lies in the adaptive re-use of existing buildings, and she is particularly skilled at bringing new life and contemporary design into historic buildings and settings. She has a comprehensive knowledge of conservation practice and extensive experience of applying this within historic buildings.

Laura’s portfolio is varied and includes large scale community and public buildings such as museums, visitor centres and libraries up to the value of £25m. Alongside this she has worked on intricate and smaller scale developments including bespoke new-build residential projects and one-off house renovations.

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Pt. II Architectural Assistant
Josh Cole
BA(Hons)  MArch   Josh joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2014, finishing... Read More

BA(Hons)  MArch  

Josh joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2014, finishing top of school with first-class degrees and a master's at the University of Plymouth.  Josh has worked on major projects across a range of public sectors, as well as for private clients and businesses, including arts and cultural projects, workplaces, intricate one-off-houses and extensions.

Josh’s has particular expertise and specialist skills in planning, and holds a keen interest in sustainable, context-considered design.

Josh is part of the practices marketing working group, wellbeing working group and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of architects. He is also responsible for our work experience programme, coordinating and managing work placements for local schools and colleges.

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Senior Architectural Technician
Tony Strike
On leaving Helston School, Tony studied full-time at Cornwall College for two... Read More

On leaving Helston School, Tony studied full-time at Cornwall College for two years and attained an OND in Building Studies.  Tony joined the practice in 1985 as a Junior Technician and continued his studies on a part-time basis to complete an HNC in Building Studies. 

Tony has continued to work for Poynton Bradbury Architects and has progressed to Senior Architectural Technologist.  He has worked on all forms of projects from small, domestic extensions to multi-million-pound projects including shore works, education, healthcare, tourism, sports, industrial and office facilities.

Tony is also responsible for IT, working closely with an external provider and senior management to ensure the practice remains at the forefront of technological innovation and computing.

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Leisure and Hospitality Architecture

For more than five decades, our practice has been dedicated to the successful delivery of a broad spectrum of leisure and hospitality projects. We’ve consistently demonstrated our commitment to excellence in the creation of diverse spaces. Our expertise extends from the meticulous design and construction of fitness centres and inviting swimming pools to the sophisticated development of hotels and cutting-edge high-performance sports facilities.

Our team have remained at the forefront of the leisure and hospitality industry, adapting to evolving trends and client preferences. Our portfolio stands as a testament to our versatility, showcasing a deep understanding of the unique demands and intricacies associated with each project type. From promoting well-being through state-of-the-art fitness amenities to crafting immersive hotel experiences and facilitating sporting environments, our practice continues to push the boundaries of innovation.

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.