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
  • 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
  • RIBA Competitions Office are commissioned to assist in the procurement of a design team - Oct 2016.
  • Council consider making a budget provision for the commissioning of the necessary design work and other professional services - November 2016 
  • Procurement of Design Team with RIBA Competitions Office - October - March 2017
  • Cabinet decision and appointment of preferred tenderer - March 2017
  • Development of concept design - April 2017 - June 2017
  • Development of detailed design to planning application stage  - July 2017 to October 2017
  • Planning application process commences - November 2017

Latest Status

The Council has sought advice from the RIBA competitions Office on a new procurement process and will now employ their services to assist with the procurement of a design team. 

An interim transport assessment has been commissioned to better understand the impact on the road network including key junctions in the area.  The consultant has been asked to design a method which can be used to model different design solutions as and when an architect is appointed.

Last Committee Report

Cabinet 19 October 2016 - CAB2852

Next Steps

Following agreement by Cabinet on 19 October, the RIBA Competitions Office will be employed to assist with the new procurement process.

Further Information

Main Project Page