A new look for Winnall roundabout

Press Release: 16/03/2012

(L-R) Cllr Patricia Stallard, Coral Rogers, Richard Townsend, Linda Thomas inspect the newly planted roundabout in Winnall.

The Easton Lane roundabout in Winnall has been given an exciting new look, thanks to competition winner Richard Townsend, from Sparsholt College’s Foundation Degree Garden Design course.

In 2011 Winchester City Council and Sparsholt College established a partnership where Garden Design students competed to come up with a new design for the Winchester roundabout.

After much deliberation by Coral Rogers, Landscape Project Officer and Linda Thomas, Landscape Architect at Winchester City Council the competing students were provided with an individual debrief on their proposal.

Richard’s design was selected as it reflected the historical connections to the City and the simple lines and contemporary feel for onlookers to appreciate.  The design will continue to evolve and due to the underplanting of seasonal bulbs, interest will be sustained throughout the year. 

Harry Mycock, Garden Design Courses Manager at Sparsholt said,

This was a challenging project to improve the appearance of the roundabout to create a memorable focal point at a key gateway to Winchester. Obvious constraints such as those of the highways authorities and the need to work to tight budgets for implementation and ongoing maintenance had to be met. The students stepped up to submit designs and gain the benefit of working with such an experienced client."

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport said,

This project is another excellent example of our successful collaborations with education institutions in the district. It is fantastic that the City Council is able to provide work experience in this way and benefit the students in putting the skills they have learnt into practice, whilst also gaining some new focal points at the gateways to the City.”

The City Council has since invited Sparsholt students to come up with designs for the St Cross roundabout at the junction of Badger Farm Road and Grange Road.  The winning design was created around a butterfly theme by FDSc Garden Design student, Cibele de Souza.  This will now be developed with planting taking place later in 2012.