corner building with white curved wall next to bridge over river

The White Hart

Award-winning waterside townhouses and apartments at this main gateway on the edge of Dorchester town.
Location Dorchester, Dorset
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Executive Property Developments Ltd

The site is located at the beginning of High East Street, at the London facing entrance to the walled town of Roman Dorchester (Durnovaria)

The new development consists of 10 upmarket town houses and apartments, arranged around a private parking courtyard with gardens and balconies overlooking the adjacent stream.


Project Awards & Recognition

Dorchester Civic Society
Derek Beauchamp Design Award – Contribution to Architectural Heritage of Dorchester
converted flats with featured curved wall taken from across river

Gateway Housing

The design of the building group, given its sensitive location in the Conservation Area was developed with a palette of traditional materials. Formal ashlar elevations face the High Street. Rustic brick and stone rubble form the elevations of the warehouse style block overlooking the stream.

A statue of a white hart sat above the entrance porch of the original pub. In the interests of creating a link between the historic building and the new 21st century townscape, the developers restored it and placed it on a plinth where it can be seen from London Road and the riverside walk.

Awarded the inaugural Derek Beauchamp Design Award by the Dorchester Civic Society in 2017, the committee commented that the project “creates a memorable gateway to the centre of Dorchester” and that the design reflects a thoughtful analysis of the site and its surroundings…a most worthy winner“.


Completion Date 2017

roadside view of flats with featured curved stone wall
view of flats with stone wall from across river