Inspirational, Contextual and Sustainable Design

“Our aspiration is to design high quality buildings and places that inspire, enrich and perform whilst making a significant contribution to the ongoing sustainability of our local and national environment.”

Established in 1966, Powell Dobson is an architectural practice that has developed expertise in a wide range of building types and sectors, from retail and leisure, through to schools, further/higher education, health and all types of residential and mixed-use development and regeneration.

About Us

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery


We were commissioned to comprehensively refurbish and restore the Grade II Listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and 1974 Main Gallery together with the design of a new build extension.

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Wildfox Adventure Resort

Afan Valley

We were appointed in 2020 to develop a masterplan for a new leisure destination set in the Afan Valley. The reserved matters planning application for an Adventure Resort comprising 600no. lodges, 130-bed hotel, spa, adventure activities, restaurants and associated administration and parking gained consent in late 2022.

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Eastern Community Campus


This new £25m secondary school was built on the Cardiff and Vale College site in Trowbridge, in the east of the city. The school was completed in December 2017 and opened in January 2018, which accommodates 1,200 pupils and 320 students in post-16 education and training. The existing college will be demolished under the plans.

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Project Alex is the complete refurbishment and redevelopment of the Grade II listed former Central Library on Alexandra Road Swansea, along with the creation of a contemporary new extension to create a new international academic centre.

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our expertise

We have extensive experience in the design of a wide range of building types and sectors, from retail and leisure, through to schools, further/higher education, health and all types of residential and mixed-use development and regeneration.

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social value

Embedded in every aspect of design.

At Powell Dobson, we are committed to responding to social, environmental, and economic issues across all aspects of our work.  As designers, we recognise that we have a responsibility and an opportunity to make a positive contribution through the buildings and places we create.

We engage with people at every level and with 5 STEM Ambassadors covering architectural design and technology. These individuals are integral to our education programme. We continuously build on our existing relationship with Careers Wales to develop further Built Environment information using a framework project to demonstrate the construction/ built environment process incorporating the key disciplines of our design teams to be used as a teaching resource or for careers advice.

It is at the heart of everything we do.

net zero

As a practice, we feel a great responsibility to future generations, and take Net Zero Carbon commitments very seriously. At Powell Dobson, we have our own in house Certified Passivhaus Designers, as well as AECB CarbonLite certifier, who are embedded within our multiple studios, steering and pushing net zero design.

Powell Dobson has committed to achiving net zero carbon as a business by 2050. We annually update our carbon reduction plan, and publish our carbon figures in accordance with PPN 06/21.

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digital design

Digital Technology plays a significant role at Powell Dobson, we are able to design buildings more efficiently and creatively, bringing huge benefits to our design team and clients. Digital Technology reshapes how we communicate, collaborate and deliver knowledge.

Technology continuously evolves so we have a dedicated innovation team focused on monitoring industry trends, and trialling the latest technology to make sure we are always at the forefront of the industry.