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 retail, beauty, a salon, 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 one of the Portfolio Holders 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 started in August 2016 and it is anticipated it will be completed by Summer 2017.

If you would like further information about the project then please email your enquiry to CassonBlock@winchester.gov.uk

Project Summary

Project Name Casson Block
Portfolio Holder Cllrs Steve Miller and Rob Humby
Start Date 15/08/2016
Expected End Date 31/07/2017
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 March 2017
  • Ground works investigations for public art February 2017
  • Ground works for public art commence May 2017
  • Artwork installed July 2017

Latest Status
  • New terraces and paving complete
  • 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
  • New handrail and safety strips on steps in tunnel in place
  • Planters installed and awaiting planting

Consultation

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 http://www.winchester.gov.uk/business/casson-block/

Consultation on public art design took place on 11 January.  Responses will be published soon.

Last Committee Report

(See link)

Next Steps
  • Removal of the air quality unit in March 2017
  • Complete ground works in preparation for public artwork
  • Install public artwork