Porthcressa Regeneration

  • Client Council of the Isles of Scilly
  • Location Porthcressa, Isles of Scilly
  • Cost £2.8m
  • Completed 2013

Through comprehensive study and consultation with the local community, Poynton Bradbury Architects developed a shared vision for the redevelopment of this historic seafront location on the island of St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.

The scheme involved the sensitive but comprehensive regeneration of Porthcressa’s coastal public realm. Poynton Bradbury Architects' designed a series of new community facilities, including a new tourist information centre, an attractive new register office, a modern town library, and public WCs and amenities. The project also provided three new BREEAM 'Excellent' workspace units for local businesses as well as key worker apartments.

Our considered approach delivered a cohesive scheme across numerous sites. Public realm enhancements included a new landscaped seafront promenade with seating areas, improved lighting and biodiverse planting, as well as an exceptional new public shelter.

With over £2 million of investment from the ERDF Convergence Programme, the regeneration work at Porthcressa generated significant support from locals and visitors alike. Planning for a remote island location presented challenges, but close coordination with contractors ensured that logistical and labour supply problems were overcome to create high quality buildings and places. Poynton Bradbury Architects worked closely with the client, local community and the contractor to create positive change and great places to live, work and relax.


“Poynton Bradbury Architects made our project really come alive! We couldn’t have asked for a better design team!”

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Porthcressa Regeneration
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