The Queen Mother Square, Dorchester

Highway and drainage infrastructure

The Queen Mother Square is in the heart of the Poundbury development. The works included extensive drainage works and surfacing.

Poundbury is the urban extension to Dorchester in Dorset pioneered by the Prince of Wales and which has become an internationally famous example of urban developments.

Comprising of a total 60 hectares the development commenced in 1995. Mildren was involved with the whole of the highway and drainage infrastructure since its commencement, working for the Duchy of Cornwall and the two prime developers on the estate. These relationships are a long standing example of successful collaborative working, conducted under traditional terms and conditions. Individual sections of work varied in size and content with contractual conditions including formal NEC terms.

Highway layouts are deliberately constrained to provide inconvenience for cars thus maximising the public areas for pedestrian use. Mildren were instrumental in the construction of this award-winning street scene of natural stone paved roads, courtyards and squares.

Value of development


Development time

32 weeks


The Queen Mother Square, Dorchester

Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, UK