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First glimpse at Prince Charles’s designer village of Poundbury

This is the first look at luxury apartments worth up to £2.5million inside Prince Charles’s ‘Utopian’ designer village Poundbury.

Opulent flats and penthouses are being built in Dorchester, Dorset, on Duchy of Cornwall Land with the development set to be completed in 2025. 

But many of the new homes are well on their way to being finished with new pictures showing how comfortable their new owners will feel inside.

The development is made up of 2,500 homes which will house around 5,000 people. Around 35 per cent of the homes will be affordable housing available through shared ownership schemes made available to those on Dorset County Council and surrounding borough councils’ waiting lists.

Prince Charles’s Poundbury village in Dorset is beginning to take shape, with the ‘Utopian’ village set to provide a mix of private and affordable accommodation, with luxurious apartments for those who pay extra. Luxury apartments in the Royal Pavilion, pictured, have been individually designed with high ceilings, top of the range kitchens and bathrooms and underfloor heating

Pictured: One of the bedrooms inside an apartment in the Royal Pavilion, which has flats selling for up to £2.5million

Pictured: One of the bedrooms inside an apartment in the Royal Pavilion, which has flats selling for up to £2.5million

Some apartments in the Pavilion have three-bedrooms and two terraces, priced at £1.45million. Others at the lower end cost £570,000

Some apartments in the Pavilion have three-bedrooms and two terraces, priced at £1.45million. Others at the lower end cost £570,000

Two-bed apartments in the Pavilion can cost as much as £875,000 and are being marketed by estate agents Symonds & Sampson. Pictured is a kitchen inside one of the luxury flats

Two-bed apartments in the Pavilion can cost as much as £875,000 and are being marketed by estate agents Symonds & Sampson. Pictured is a kitchen inside one of the luxury flats

Luxurious bathrooms, pictured, in the flats will also allow residents to relax in comfort. If that is not enough, those who live in the Pavilion will also have access to a five star day spa

Luxurious bathrooms, pictured, in the flats will also allow residents to relax in comfort. If that is not enough, those who live in the Pavilion will also have access to a five star day spa

Poundbury is the brainchild of the Prince of Wales and is designed to have no segregation of social classes, and schools, shops and places of work are within walking distance. The Prince is pictured enjoying a glass of wine at Ely Market today

Poundbury is the brainchild of the Prince of Wales and is designed to have no segregation of social classes, and schools, shops and places of work are within walking distance. The Prince is pictured enjoying a glass of wine at Ely Market today

Poundbury is a large new settlement which will contain around 2,500 homes for 5,000 people. The area marked with a red line is the northern quadrant, which went before planners in 2017

Poundbury is a large new settlement which will contain around 2,500 homes for 5,000 people. The area marked with a red line is the northern quadrant, which went before planners in 2017

Royal Pavilion is said to be the most spectacular building created in the Dorset settlement.

It is located in Queen Mother Square and is named after one of Prince Charles’ late grandmother’s racehorses.

The apartments have been individually designed with high ceilings, top of the range kitchens and bathrooms and underfloor heating.

Residents will also have access to a five-star day spa with swimming pool and gym that is run by world-renowned spa company Monart.

Royal Pavilion, a ‘significant architectural landmark’ has been designed by leading classical architect Ben Pentreath, to look like a traditional grand civic building.

It has classical stone colonnades, beautiful terraces with ornate ironwork and a signature tower with an open arch at the bottom.

Prince Charles created Poundbury as a mix of private and affordable housing alongside boutique shops, businesses and amenities including a school and medical centre within walking distance.

Poundbury is on Duchy of Cornwall land and one of the pubs is named after Camilla, pictured with Charles in Ely today

Poundbury is on Duchy of Cornwall land and one of the pubs is named after Camilla, pictured with Charles in Ely today

Prince Charles designed Poundbury as a modern Utopia and it has been in the works since 1993. Pictured is one of the bedrooms inside the Royal Pavilion

Prince Charles designed Poundbury as a modern Utopia and it has been in the works since 1993. Pictured is one of the bedrooms inside the Royal Pavilion

Peter Grout-Smith from Symonds & Sampson said: 'Poundbury is the vision of HRH The Prince of Wales and it has been an unequivocal success in achieving a truly integrated and mixed-use development'

Peter Grout-Smith from Symonds & Sampson said: ‘Poundbury is the vision of HRH The Prince of Wales and it has been an unequivocal success in achieving a truly integrated and mixed-use development’

The apartments each have two secure parking spaces and share a central private piazza garden. Pictured is a living area in one of the flats

The apartments each have two secure parking spaces and share a central private piazza garden. Pictured is a living area in one of the flats

Who is Ben Pentreath? 

The Royal Pavilion was designed by Ben Pentreath, who set up his firm in 2004.

Mr Pentreath is an art history graduate from the University of Edinburgh who went on to attend the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture.

He spent five years working in New York before joining the Prince’s Foundation and later setting up his own business.

The firm is now based in Bloomsbury, London and has designed several large houses and mansion around the British countryside.

Mr Pentreath is also a published author, having contributed to journals and the Financial Times as well as writing two books. 

Using a design created by master planner Leon Krier, the Duchy of Cornwall began construction on Poundbury in 1993.

Royal Pavilion, built by builders CG Fry & Son, is a grand addition to Queen Mother Square, which is an acre in size.

The square also has independent shops, the Duchess of Cornwall Inn, a pub named after Camilla, and Strathmore House which also has luxury apartments.

Royal Pavilion has 16 apartments and four penthouses. Construction is nearing completion but some of the apartments have already sold.

Estate agents Symonds & Sampson are now marketing four, with prices ranging from £570,000 to £2.5million.

Apartment 9 is a first floor, three-bedroom apartment with two terraces with views over Poundbury, priced at £1.45million.

It has 2,164 sq ft of space with an open-plan living/dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

For those on a smaller budget, Apartment 2 is a ground floor, two-bedroom apartment, on the market for £895,000.

Pictured is the Royal Pavilion building which contains 'opulent' flats and penthouses that are now being marketed

Pictured is the Royal Pavilion building which contains ‘opulent’ flats and penthouses that are now being marketed

The Pavilion, pictured under construction, has been described as the 'most spectacular' building in the development, which will provide 2,500 homes for 5,000 people

The Pavilion, pictured under construction, has been described as the ‘most spectacular’ building in the development, which will provide 2,500 homes for 5,000 people

The Royal Pavilion, pictured, was designed by architect Ben Pentreath to look like a traditional grand civic building with terraces, ornate ironwork and a signature tower

The Royal Pavilion, pictured, was designed by architect Ben Pentreath to look like a traditional grand civic building with terraces, ornate ironwork and a signature tower

It has 1,168 sq ft of accommodation, again with an open-plan living/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms with en suites and a terrace.

The apartments each have two secure parking spaces and share a central private piazza garden.

Peter Grout-Smith from Symonds & Sampson said: ‘Poundbury is the vision of HRH The Prince of Wales and it has been an unequivocal success in achieving a truly integrated and mixed-use development.

‘This exceptional new apartment building has its roots in the scale and design of traditional grand civic buildings.

‘Royal Pavilion brings to Dorchester design standards normally associated with Knightsbridge in London.

‘It is the design of London-based architect Ben Pentreath, who specialises in buildings that seamlessly fit their environment, often drawing from classical inspiration.

‘Royal Pavilion is the most significant commission for Poundbury to date and is set to provide a monumental backdrop.’

Poundbury: Charles’ Utopian idyll in Dorset 

Poundbury has been created on the basis of architectural principles found desirable by Prince Charles.

It is intended as a Utopian idyll where there is no segregation of social classes, and schools, shops and places of work are within walking distance.

It is due for completion in 2025 and Poundbury will have a population of 5,000 people living in 2,250 homes, with 35 per cent of them earmarked for affordable housing through shared ownership and rental schemes offered to people on the Dorset County Council waiting list. 

Others who can afford the high prices can splash out on apartments that can cost up to £2.5million, but there are plenty of affordable flats that sell for as little as £160,000 and houses available for around 400,000. 

The village’s overall plan was developed in the 1980s by Leon Krier, an architect from Luxembourg, and construction began in October 1993.

Look familiar? Last year, building was completed on this replica of Buckingham Palace in the heart of his 'Utopian' village in a touching tribute to Charles' late grandmother

Look familiar? Last year, building was completed on this replica of Buckingham Palace in the heart of his ‘Utopian’ village in a touching tribute to Charles’ late grandmother

Last year, building was completed on a replica of Buckingham Palace in the heart of his ‘Utopian’ village in a touching tribute to his late grandmother.

The huge palladian property sits in the heart of Queen Mother Square, the centrepiece of Poundbury in Dorset, which is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

A statue of the Queen Mother is also at Poundbury as a tribute from Prince Charles to his grandmother

A statue of the Queen Mother is also at Poundbury as a tribute from Prince Charles to his grandmother

The grand building has been named Strathmore House in a nod to the Queen Mother’s heritage. Her father, Claude Bowes-Lyon was the 14th Earl of Strathmore.

The neoclassical building features a large balcony with two majestic pillars and looks remarkably similar to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen Mother lived with King George VI until his death in 1952. 

It contains eight luxury flats worth £650,000 each, which have all been sold.

Next to Strathmore House is the Duchess of Cornwall, a five-storey public house modelled on the Ritz Hotel, a favourite haunt of the Queen Mother.

The building, a joint venture between the Duchy of Cornwall and Hall and Woodhouse brewery, will offer a pub restaurant, conference facilities and hotel accommodation.

According to the Hall and Woodhouse website, Prince Charles requested the venture be named after his wife. 

Another block of 20 exclusive flats and a spa is being built on the other side of the square and will be called the Royal Pavilion, named after one of the Queen Mother’s racehorses.

The finishing touch to the square will be a 10ft tall statue of the Queen Mother.

A large plinth has been put in place in the square in readiness for the installation of the monument, which is a second casting of the one of the Queen Mother in The Mall depicting her aged 51 and wearing robes.

Prince Charles was very close to his grandmother, who died in 2002 aged 101, and decided several years ago to honour her in Poundbury which is his 25-year experimental project to build a classically designed urban development on Duchy of Cornwall land. 

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