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

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 has worked 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.

 

Exhibitions

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

Timeline

September 2017 LDS Architects appointed

Sep 2017 - March 2018

Development of Public Realm Strategy and Masterplan Framework
March 2018 Public Information events
April 2018 - February 2019 Development of Concept Designs for Carfax site

October 2018 - March 2019

Outline business case development
February 2019

Pre-application information public events

March 2019 Cabinet Committee approved Carfax RIBA Stage 2 design and Outline Business Case
April 2019 Outline planning application submitted. Available to view here (Ref: 19/00601/OUT).
August 2019

Cabinet approves:

  • Progression of the Public Realm project to RIBA equivalent Stage 4 (Technical design) and Stage 5 (Construction Management), and
  • The disposal of the Carfax site to a selected purchaser by way of a long leasehold, subject to agreed terms and conditions following a competitive selection process.
September 2019

Outline planning application approved

Full Council to consider entering into the LEP agreement

October 2019

Cabinet to consider the evaluation process for the leasehold sale of the Carfax site

Marketing launch for leasehold sale of the Carfax site

March 2020 Cabinet to consider approving leasehold sale of the Carfax site to a selected purchaser

 

Station Approach details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Anne Weir

Start Date

14/08/2017

Key Steps/Milestones

  • Procurement of architectural services - Completed October 2016 - August 2017
  • The highest scoring tenderer, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) began work on the first stage of project in September 2017
  • The Masterplan Framework and Public Realm Strategy completed March 2018  
  • Station Approach Cabinet Committee approved Carfax RIBA Stage 2 design and Outline Business Case for 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.  Consent was granted on 12 September 2019.
  • Cabinet approved the disposal of the Carfax site to a selected purchaser by way of a long leasehold, subject to agreed terms and conditions following a competitive selection process, and the progression of the Public Realm project to RIBA equivalent Stage 4 (Technical design) and Stage 5 August 2019

 

 

Latest Status

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. 

Following Cabinet agreement and the outline planning consent given in September 2019, a marketing process is being prepared for launch at the end of October 2019 to find a potential purchaser for a long leasehold sale of the Carfax site.  

In relation to the public realm improvements around the station, this design work is now progressing to RIBA equivalent Stage 4 (Technical design), and Full Council will make a decision on 25 September 2019 on whether to enter into the LEP Agreement for £5m grant towards works supporting the development of high quality offices and employment opportunities on the Carfax site. 

 

Consultation

Stakeholder and public engagement events were held in November 2017, March 2018 and February 2019.  For further information on events please use the following link: Engagement and Consultation

Leading archaeology experts then 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.

A statutory consultation was also held on the outline planning application between April and May 2019. 

 

 

Last Committee Report

Latest Committee: Cabinet 18 September 2019:  CAB3188:  Station Approach - Site Disposal Process

Next Committee: Cabinet 23 october 2019

Next Steps

Following Cabinet agreement and the outline planning consent given in September 2019, a marketing process will be launched at the end of October 2019 to find a potential purchaser for a long leasehold sale of the Carfax site; this is subject to approval of the purchaser selection process at 23 October 2019 Cabinet.   A decision on the sale to a potential purchaser selected through this process is anticipated in March 2020.

In relation to the public realm improvements around the station, this design work is now progressing to RIBA equivalent Stage 4 (Technical design), and Full Council will make a decision on 25 September 2019 on whether to enter into the LEP Agreement for £5m grant towards works supporting the development of high quality offices and employment opportunities on the Carfax site.