Station Approach

The city council would like to realise the potential of the area around Winchester railway station, including the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites. This area is known as Station Approach. We will revitalise and develop the commercial and residential offering and create a fitting gateway to our ancient but vibrant city.
Station Approach area

The Station Approach project forms part of our vision for how we will re-invigorate the city’s economy and make the best use of key sites for sustainable development. The scheme should have a positive impact on the economy and urban environment, including better walking and cycling links.

There is evidence that we need more Grade A office space within the city. If we build high-quality commercial premises, then we have the best chance of retaining our existing private sector employers as well as encouraging new businesses to locate their offices in Winchester.

The Council is working with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS), in consultation with local stakeholders, to formulate designs for mixed-use developments on the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites alongside improvements to public spaces.

An outline planning application has been submitted and is available to view here (Ref: 19/00601/OUT).



Details of exhibition events, exhibition boards and feedback forms are available to view on the following link: Engagement and Consultation 


September 2017 LDS Architects appointed

Sep 2017 - May 2018

Development of Public Realm Strategy, Masterplan and Concept Design for Carfax
March 2018 Public Information events
October 2018 - December 2018 Outline business case development
December 2018 Cabinet Committee to consider report on stage 2
March 2019 Outline planning application submitted. Available to view here (Ref: 19/00601/OUT).


Station Approach details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Anne Weir

Start Date


Key Steps/Milestones

Procurement of architectural services - Completed

  • Cabinet consider a new procurement route to secure new designs October 2016
  • Council consider making a budget provision for the commissioning of the necessary design work and other professional services - November 2016
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions Office are commissioned to assist in the procurement of a design team - Nov 2016
  • Cabinet to agree RIBA Plan of Work Stages 0 & 1 before the start of the procurement -20 March 2017.  (papers available here). 
  • Procurement of Design Team with RIBA Competitions Office - March- August 2017. 
  • Cabinet (Station Approach) Committee meeting to approve the appointment of the highest scoring tenderer - 14 August 2017 (papers available here).

The highest scoring tenderer, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) began work on the first stage of project in September 2017.    The current estimated programme for the project is set out below; there is a gateway decision point at the end of each RIBA stage.

  • RIBA Stage 2:
    • Development of Masterplan Framework and Public Realm Strategy: September 2017 - January 2018
      • Cabinet (Station Approach) Committee meeting 28 November 2017 - project update (papers available here)
      • Cabinet (Station Approach) Committee meeting 27 February 2018 - Public Realm Strategy and Masterplan Framework (papers available here)
      • Public Engagement March 2018 (further information available here: Engagement and Consultation)
    • Development of Concept Design for the Carfax site: January 2018 - October 2018
    • Outline Business Case development: October 2018 - December 2018

Station Approach Cabinet Committee agreed to the next stage of the delivery and development of the scheme on 25 March 2019.

An outline planning application was submitted on 29 March 2019.


Latest Status

Following a successful procurement exercise, Winchester City Council commissioned Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) as the design team for Station Approach in September 2017.  The brief for the design team was agreed by Cabinet in March 2017 to provide new Grade-A office space through a mixed-use development.  The current first stage of the project involves three areas of work: a Public Realm Strategy for the Station Approach area; a Masterplan Framework for the disposition of uses across the two sites in the Council’s ownership (known as the Cattlemarket and Carfax sites); and a concept design for the Carfax site. The Station Approach Cabinet Committee agreed to the next stage of the delivery and development of the scheme and the outline planning application was submitted in March 2019.



Public engagement will take place for each RIBA stage.  Stakeholder and public engagement events were held in March 2018.  For further information on events please use the following link: Engagement and Consultation

Leading archaeology experts met with residents and interest groups in March 2019 to explore the importance of archaeology for the Station Approach site. Over 20 people attended the event hosted at Winchester City Council including representatives from Hampshire Cultural Trust, University of Winchester, HCC Historic Environment, City of Winchester Trust, Hampshire Field Club and Winchester Archaeology Rescue Group. Further archaeological works are expected to take place in 2020 and will be completed by early 2021.



Last Committee Report

Last Committee: Cabinet (Station Approach) Committee - 18 December 2018 

Next Steps

The design team led by LDS are working on a Concept Design for the Carfax site.  This will be assessed through an outline business case before being considered by the Council's Cabinet (Station Approach) Committee this summer.