The Handle Bar Cafe – A SPUD Youth Project

For the last two years, the City Council has been encouraging members of SPUD Youth with their proposals for a cycle café and bike hub for Winchester. This would be located on the disused railway bridge, off Garnier Road and below St Catherine’s Hill. After months of meticulous planning, The Handlebar Café was given planning approval in October 2016.

The project began when Mark Drury, Principal Associate of SPUD (www.spudgroup.org.uk) set up a SPUD Youth group in Winchester. During one of their workshops, Mark challenged the group of school students – all of who are now studying architecture at university - to develop concepts for a cycle cafe to be located along the national cycle route connecting Winchester city centre with the Hockley Viaduct. An exciting array of potential designs were generated and after careful consideration, Alexander Grice’s concept was chosen. His design comprised the use of a decommissioned train carriage to be placed on top of a disused railway bridge and used as a cafe. Plans have evolved considerably in the intervening months, with a purpose-built structure now planned to house the café and kiosk, and a second, carriage-like building to accommodate the bike hub with its cycle repair facilities. This approved design ties together both the history of the site and the requirements of the public, whilst seeking to encourage more visitors to the area on bike and by foot.

SPUD now needs to raise the money to build the café, drawing on a combination of public and private funds, and a high level of in kind sponsorship. Donations are needed to help reach the target of £350,000 by spring 2017 when it is hoped that construction would begin. Find out more about The Handlebar Café and make your contribution direct at www.handlebar.cafe

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