Milestone for City High Street Improvements

Press Release: 21/08/2009

Artisit's impression of new High Street

Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council have awarded the contract for the £2 million Winchester High Street re-paving scheme to Christchurch- based Mildren Construction.

The scheme  to re-pave the High Street surface from Middle Brook Street to Jewry Street with York stonework will begin on 14th September in four phases, starting at the bottom of the High Street.  New benches, sign posts and litter bins will be made and installed as paving work is completed.   Southern Water will reline and replace the underground drainage pipe before repaving works commence.

The High Street will remain open for business during the works, and access to all buildings will be maintained.   Mildren will stop work completely for the seven week Christmas shopping period from November 14th until January 3rd.

Councillor Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: ”I think most people would agree the High Street is in need of some attention, and, while the re-paving work is being carried out, there will inevitably be some disruption.  But making sure the daily lives of businesses, residents and visitors are interrupted as little as possible by these improvement works is of great importance to us, and I am confident we will be able to achieve this by working closely with Mildren.

“The scheme will take just over a year to complete, and, once finished, will be of great benefit to this unique and historic city for many years to come.”

Councillor George Beckett Leader of Winchester City Council said, “We understand the importance of enhancing the current High Street whilst maintaining a 'business as usual' situation. This will be particularly critical over the Christmas shopping season when we have ensured there will be a seven week break. This is an exciting project and I hope it will ultimately have a very positive impact on our historic High Street for the 15,000 residents and visitors who use it every day.”

Dave Stokes, Site Liaison Manager for Mildren Construction, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious project and to be working in partnership with Hampshire County Council again. We will endeavour to ensure that the traders and shoppers are inconvenienced as little as possible during the works. For the duration of the project we will set up a telephone and e-mail contact line so that the traders and public are able to obtain updated information on our progress.”


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Notes for editors
Mildren Construction is a long established regional Civil Engineering and Building Contractor that has worked for many years with Hampshire County Council on similar projects which include Fleet Town Centre, Totton High Street, Lyndhurst High Street refurbishment, Andover Town Centre and Winchester train station improvements. They are currently one of Hampshire County Council’s framework contractors