St. Maurice's Covert

Improvements to St. Maurice's Covert


ScottWhitbyStudio have developed further the public realm improvement scheme for St. Maurice’ s Covert. The proposal was initially developed through close conversations with the residents and users of St. Maurice’ s Covert, as well as observations of the space through CCTV footage and filming. 

The proposed scheme includes a thorough clean of the space, installing new lighting for the thoroughfare and to highlight the historic tower, and some repaving.



A great deal of care has been given in how we design to make St. Maurice’ s Covert, a forgotten public space in the centre of Winchester, a new civic space for all its users, and a key gateway point to the Cathedral Grounds- we are hoping these new elements will bring life and activity to the space and become a space where people will want to be and look after.

St. Maurice's Covert details

Cabinet Member

Councillor Kelsie Learney

Start Date


Key Steps/Milestones

  • Civil works completed by Rocon in May 2020 which included the resurfacing work adjacent to Market Lane, and installation of new street furniture.
  • Further works to take place later this year.

Latest Status

  • The civil works have now been completed by Rocon. These works consisted of resurfacing with natural stone the area adjacent to Market Lane, new street furniture, water fountain and new bike stands.
  • Gravestones successfully removed from site.
  • Repairs and dressing gravestones underway with stone conservator and wall mounting details for the Tower being finalised with a structural engineer.
  • Discussions taking place on how to improve the ceiling and lighting.


The project has been developed thanks to a steering group formed of councillors, council officers and local businesses, with architects Scott Whitby Studio drawing up ideas and consulting the public on designs for the space.

Next Steps

  • Mounting the gravestones into a framed structure onto the wall of the Tower.
  • Re-rendering and painting of the wall by Greggs.
  • Looking at various options on how we can illustrate the history of the Covert.
  • Reviewing of CCTV.
  • Improving the display of artefacts in the public conveniences’ window.