Station Approach

The Council wants to improve and revitalise the area of Winchester between the railway station and the Cattle Market, an area which is referred to as Station Approach. Our long-term vision for the sustainable development of the town’s economy aims to make the best use of key sites for sustainable development, and this project is part of this vision.

The emerging Local Plan recognises the potential of new development in the Station Approach area and how it can play a key role in the future of Winchester. There is evidence that there is a growing supply and demand imbalance for quality Grade A office space within the city centre and, should their needs not be met, Winchester could potentially lose a number of significant existing private sector employers.

Our aim is to start on site at Carfax during 2018.

Project Summary

Project Name Station Approach
Portfolio Holder Cllr Godfrey
Start Date 01/02/2015
Expected End Date 01/12/2022
Key Steps/Milestones

Status - Under Review

  • Initial public consultation March 2015 - complete
  • Formulation of Design Brief September 2015 – complete
  • Commencement of Design Competition October 2015 – complete
  • Completion of Design Competition, with decision taken to not appoint highest scoring bidder July 2016 – complete
  • Cabinet decides to invite alternative design options September 2016 - complete
  • Cabinet consider a new procurement route to secure new designs October 2016 - complete
  • Council consider making a budget provision for the commissioning of the necessary design work and other professional services - November 2016   - complete
  • RIBA Competitions Office are commissioned to assist in the procurement of a design team - Nov 2016 - complete.
  • Cabinet to agree RIBA Plan of Work Stages 0 & 1 before the start of the procurement - Feb 2017
  • Procurement of Design Team with RIBA Competitions Office - Feb- May 2017
  • Cabinet decision and appointment of preferred tenderer - May 2017
  • Development of concept design - Jun 2017 - Nov 2017
  • Development of detailed design to planning application stage  - Dec 2017 to Mar 2018
  • Planning application process commences - April 2018

Latest Status

The City Council agreed to start a new procurement process working with the RIBA Competitions Office (October 2016) and approved the project budget (November 2016).

Last Committee Report

Cabinet 19 October 2016 - CAB2852

Next Steps

The Council has sought advice from the RIBA competitions Office on a new procurement process.   Following agreement by Cabinet on 19 October, the RIBA Competitions Office are assisting with the new procurement process and a paper on how the RIBA Plan of Work stages 0 and 1 have been met will be taken to Cabinet in February before the procurement begins.

Further Information

Main Project Page