Coastal Design

Our maritime and building design expertise ensures the feasibility, safety and sustainability of new coastal development, as well as its landmark status and design integrity.

Extreme Climates

Our design expertise can help overcome the extreme forces of nature that marine and coastal architecture are exposed to. Driving, rain, salt, humidity and high winds require specialist understanding in the design of maritime structures, infrastructure and projects.

Changing Shorelines

Changes in global trade, sea level rise and stretched resources mean that ports, coastal industry and communities must constantly adapt. We bring specialist design skills to solve even the most difficult of maritime issues. 

We have a strong expertise in developing robust designs to suit extreme and marine environments based on our experience in delivering schemes in Cornwall and shoreworks projects for the RNLI across the rest of the country. We have experience of designing a range of coastal infrastructure projects which include lifeboat stations, shipyards, harbour infrastructure, lifeguard facilities, lidos and marinas.

Our experienced coastal and marine architecture team combines depth of knowledge and experience with passion and commitment for all the organisations we work with.

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Fistral Beach Lifeguard Station
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Meet our Shoreworks 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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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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Cian Spowart
BSc  BArch  PgDip  ARB  ARB With over 20 years experience at Poynton Bradbury... Read More

BSc  BArch  PgDip  ARB  ARB

With over 20 years experience at Poynton Bradbury Architects Cian has an extensive portfolio of completed projects that range from a £30 million re-development of the Callywith College campus in Bodmin to the sensitive intervention of Lizard Lifeboat station, Lizard Peninsula. Cian works with a variety of public and private clients and is currently the design lead for a £60m Estates Transformation Programme with Cornwall Council to support the delivery of post-Covid workspace facilities and public-facing services across the County.

In 2018 Cian also started providing Design Manager support to MWJV, the consultant consortium delivering building and professional services to Cornwall Council, coordinating all design aspects from the supply chain across a wide range of sectors including Housing, Economic growth, Education, Estates Transformation, Placeshaping and Regeneration for circa £250m of construction value per year.

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Design of Coastal and Harbour Infrastructure

We’re specialists in crafting resilient designs that are specifically tailored for extreme and marine environments. Our expertise is honed through a track record of successful project deliveries in Cornwall and the implementation of shoreworks projects for the RNLI nationwide. Our portfolio spans a diverse range of coastal infrastructure projects, encompassing lifeboat stations, shipyards, harbour infrastructure, lifeguard facilities, lidos, and marinas.

Our approach lies in the robustness of our designs, ensuring they meet the unique challenges posed by extreme and marine settings. From the rugged landscapes of Cornwall to the shores across the country where RNLI projects thrive, our experience equips us to create solutions that stand up to the demanding conditions of these environments.

Our seasoned coastal and marine architecture team brings a combination of knowledge, extensive experience, and an unwavering passion for the organisations we collaborate with. This enables us to not only meet but exceed the expectations of our clients, delivering designs that not only withstand the elements but also contribute to the functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability of coastal infrastructure projects.

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.