Polwithen House Masterplan

  • Client Cornwallis Care Services
  • Location Penzance, Cornwall
  • Year 2018-Present

This project reimagines how places can be designed for living well into later life by creating an intergenerational community in the heart of Penzance with a focus on wellness, health and happiness. The historic Polwithen House estate was originally built in 1870 as the family home for the prominant Bolitho family and has former uses as both a hotel and independent boarding school.

The proposed development comprises of the careful conservation and conversion of Polwithen House into 19 high quality apartments alongside community rooms and a garden kitchen restaurant. The development of the wider site includes the construction of an apartment block providing 56 new residential apartments, an Extra Care development providing 58 apartments and a 47 bed nursing home with specialist dementia care and a hydrotherapy pool.

Through the provision of a variety of housing options to suit a range of care needs, Cornwallis Care Services hope to address the growing demand for care amongst the county’s ageing population and relieve pressure on the NHS.

Aerial photo of existing Polwithen House
Courtyard between Polwithen House and residential beyond
View towards residential apartment block
Communal garden podium over car park
Communal gardens situated between the apartment block and extra care housing
High quality and pedestrian friendly public realm
View from new wellness trail towards Extra Care development
Public gardens between residential and Extra-Care development
Extra Care - Communal balconies overlooking shared garden
Wellness trail for walking and mobility scooters
Wellness trail for walking and mobility scooters
View towards proposed nursing home
Residential care home outdoor dining
New public open space
Approach to Polwithen House

The holistic approach to the site is brilliant... it would be great to have something of such high quality in Penzance!

Penzance Expo Public Consultee Comment
Polwithen House Masterplan
Proposed Site Uses
Early Sketch - Site Masterplan
Early Sketch - Site Masterplan Axo
Early Sketch - Phase One Nursery and Hydrotherapy Building
Phase One Nursery and Hydrotherapy Building
Phase One Nursery Building