Design announced for Winchester’s outdoor events space

Press Release: 13/12/2013

Artists impression of the event space

Winchester City Council has announced today that Design Engine will be creating the portable events space for the Winchester District to be used by community and arts organisations in the city and surrounding towns and villages in the coming years.

Design Engine, the well-known architectural practice based in the City, submitted a proposal for a triangular mobile pavilion. The events space will have a wide variety of uses, and the design ensures that it can be transported easily and inexpensively to locations around the Winchester District on its own trailer base.

The local company was chosen from a short-list of three companies after a public consultation exercise across the Winchester District. Representatives from arts and community organisations were also involved in advising the Council and selecting the final design. The Design Engine proposal was chosen because it offered a wide range of potential uses as well as being the easiest of the shortlisted designs to transport and to operate.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

Local organisations have told the Council that they need more covered performance spaces, particularly in our rural areas. I am confident that the Design Engine concept will provide for the needs of a wide cross section of performers and promoters locally, as well being a striking feature in its own right. There will be a real sense of occasion when the travelling stage comes to town.

David Gausden of Design Engine Architects added:

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work on this exciting project supporting the local community and the arts. Based on the model of medieval pageant wagons, the performance space is able to travel throughout the district to festivals and events. Designed to fold out from a trailer base, it provides a protected, flexible performance and event space to support the rich and diverse cultural environment that we all share and enjoy.

The portable events space will be available for use for free by community organisations from across the district for a variety of uses from outdoor theatre to exhibitions, and from concerts to rallies. The events space should be available from late spring 2014. To register your interest in booking the space please contact Alison Woods, Winchester City Council’s Economy and Arts Development Manager at