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Development partner announced for Central Winchester Regeneration

Winchester City Council has announced the appointment of Jigsaw Consortium trading as Partnerships & Places to bring forward its Central Winchester Regeneration (CWR) project in the city centre.

Following extensive public engagement and community consultation, the city council’s Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out a vibrant regeneration in a circa four-acre area of the city with a wide-ranging mix of uses including flexible work and creative spaces, food and drink offerings, a hotel and new high-quality public spaces. The proposals also include new homes to suit people of all life-stages, with a range of tenures available including private sale, homes for rent and affordable housing.

Committed to bringing social and economic value to the city, Jigsaw Consortium is a partnership between Genr8 Kajima Regeneration Limited (Kajima and Genr8 Developments) and PfP igloo (PfP Capital and igloo Regeneration.) The consortium has assembled its team from the best creative talent in the UK, including architectural practices, urban designers, engineers, landscape architects, and specialist archaeologists and is also committed to drawing in additional local expertise as the project develops. Collectively, the partnership has the vision, expertise, track-record, and financial means to work in partnership with the city council to deliver the benefits of the CWR project to Winchester and the district.

Jigsaw Consortium is committed to working closely with local people and businesses in Winchester throughout the life span of the project, bringing both social and economic value to the area.

In the last five years, the council has built its reputation for delivery. Only last week, work began on the new St Clements Surgery in Middle Brook Street. Before that, Chesil Lodge – an award-winning extra care development – a new £40 million leisure centre, new industrial units in Bishop’s Waltham, flood defences for the city, play parks, skate parks, pavilions, a network of solar PV panels and EV charging points and an unwavering commitment to build more affordable homes for residents across the district to the highest green credentials.

WCC and development partners
(l-r) Richard Clancy, Warwick Smither, John Long, Laura Taylor - Chief Executive Winchester City Council, Cllr Martin Tod-  Leader of Winchester City Council, Alex Notay, Tamsin Traill 

Councillor Martin Tod, Leader of Winchester City Council said:

“The Central Winchester project is our chance to transform this area - bringing homes for local families, jobs for local people, while sensitively reflecting its setting and our city’s heritage. It gives the opportunity to develop our city for the future, taking on the challenges faced by a new generation and responding to the challenge of climate change.

“The appointment of our development partner is an important milestone, and it is a decision we have made carefully – we’ve chosen a partner who can make Central Winchester Regeneration happen. The Jigsaw Consortium ‘get’ what we want, what matters to people locally, and the team are committed to working with us and the people of Winchester. They have the proven track record, the team and expertise, the resources, the sensitivity, the vision and commitment to make this happen. I’m very excited about the next stage of this project, the benefits it’ll bring for our wider district and the future of the city.”

John Long, development director at PfP igloo, said:

“The whole Jigsaw Consortium team is truly honoured to have been selected as the council’s development partner for this project. We recognise the enormous responsibility and privilege that we have in bringing forward a development in such an historic city.  We, and the incredible talent in the design team we have assembled for this project, will work tirelessly to make it a success.”

Tamsin Traill, regeneration director at Genr8 Kajima Regeneration, added:

“We are excited to be working with Winchester City Council to deliver this extremely important project.  The newly formed consortium is a collaboration between market experts in social and sustainable development and will ensure that we are able to deliver a truly special place within Winchester.”

The regeneration site includes Kings Walk, Friarsgate and the bus station, as set out in the approved SPD.

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