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Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.


As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.

Paul Cashin Architects Starts Work On a New Bistro project in Devon

We have been recently invited to work on the contemporary renovation of a beach side cafe and shop, on Broadsands Beach in Devon.  The project, sited just outside Paignton in Devon, will focus on the opportunity to renovate an existing 1980s cafe take away, shop, and beach front area, as part of a strategy to develop the site into a year round destination.

Upon recently visiting the site and experiencing the beach during both populated and empty periods, our initial ideas will draw upon lighthouse typologies, with particular reference to the historical use of beacons.  By using examples of the Danish coastlines around Sakgen, our concept will start with the Bascular Light, or Vippefyr; a simple structure of a timber beam and counter weight to lift a ‘basket of light’ up into the night sky.  We imagine the new destination building will draw people from afar using light as guide towards the beach, then entice visitors inside with flickering light through openings and slot windows.  

Concept drawings and models will be worked up over the next few weeks as we move towards presenting the strategy to the client, and then the local authorities towards the end of the year.  Construction work is scheduled for next summer and will be phased so to allow the business to operate and serve the beach during the building process.

Sketching concepts

Sketching concepts

Sketching concepts

Sketching concepts

Modelling the existing building

Modelling the existing building

For examples of our contemporary architecture designs based around Hampshire please view our selected projects here, or if you would like to discuss a project please view our contact page here. Our office is located in Winchester, Hampshire, but we undertake projects across the whole of Southern England.