Casson Block

Casson Block

The 1960s Casson Block building in St George’s Street in the centre of Winchester is home to a number of businesses, including eateries, and the upper floors house an NHS service. It is also home to Winchester District CAB.

A partnership scheme between Winchester City Council and Winchester BID has developed plans to enhance the building’s frontage by including an increased terrace area, renewed paving and lighting, and the introduction of planters and ‘green columns’.

Following discussions with the local business community and the Portfolio Holder Cllr Steve Miller, it has been decided to improve this area to create a more welcoming atmosphere, greater appeal to customers, and effect general enhancements to the cityscape.

This project will start in August 2016 and it is anticipated it will be completed by the end of October/November 2016.

If you would like further information about the project then please email your enquiry to

Project Summary

Project Name Casson Block
Portfolio Holder Cllr Miller
Start Date 15/08/2016
Expected End Date 09/12/2016
Key Steps/Milestones

Current Status - Under Review

  • Public consultation November 2015-January 2016
  • Plans developed February-June 2016
  • Contractors appointed July 2016
  • Work commences on site August 2016
  • Public art commission advertised September 2016
  • Work complete on site end November 2016
  • Public art expressions of interest shortlisted October 2016
  • Public art presentations and decision November 2016
  • Air quality monitoring unit re-sited and ground made good January 2017

Latest Status
  • RH terrace to steps of Hampshire Chronicle building now complete, along with the top level paving around the shops.
  • New lighting has been installed by SSE from Parchment Street junction, under the Casson Block, around past the Manow restaurant, and down the steps to Upper Brook Street. 


Consultation took place from Monday 15 November 2015 to Monday 4 January 2016 regarding the draft design on the frontage of the Casson Block. A summary of consultation responses can be downloaded from

Last Committee Report

(See link)

Next Steps
  • Complete the LH terrace, and wall.
  • Install the new planters by Florafanatica.
  • Cleaning of the exterior walls of the block.
  • Commissioning of the artwork.  This artwork will be situated in the area behind the Hampshire Chronicle building.
  • Removal of the air quality unit in January 2017.