Creative Enterprise Centre

Following a workspace study carried out in 2012 the Council has been looking for a location for a creative enterprise centre in the city. The departure of TJ Waste and Recycling to a bigger site from their premises on Barfield Close has provided the perfect opportunity and the Council has been keen to use the site to establish a hub for new and growing creative businesses.

The Creative Enterprise Centre proposed by the Council would see the refurbishment of the Goods Shed on Barfield Close to house a variety of visual artists and other, office-based creative businesses such as design and architecture practices. A new, warehouse-style building is also being considered as part of the proposal to accommodate performing arts organisations needing to rehearse, create new work or run workshops. The ambition is to provide advice and support to those organisations and individuals taking space in the Creative Enterprise Centre to help them flourish and become active contributors to Winchester’s creative economy.

The existing industrial building adjoining the Goods Shed will become home to the City Council’s Drainage and Special Maintenance Team, who are currently based at the old depot site at Bar End.

Creative Enterprise Centre details

Portfolio Holder

Cllr Steve Miller

Start Date


Key Steps/Milestones


Status - Under Review

  • Pre-planning exhibition/consultation (March 2016)
  • Submission of planning application (end of October 2016)
  • Planning application determined (end of January 2017)
  • Build / conversion commences (March 2017)
  • Build / conversion completed (end of 2017)


Latest Status

Planning application being prepared for submission Autumn 2016



Pre-planning consultation (see link)

April consultation report (see link)

Public online consultation performed March 2016

Last Committee Report

(see link)

Next Steps

Submission of planning application


External Advice





Winchester Workspace - SQW final report

Exhibition panels: pre-planning consultation

Winchester workspace - Wessex Economics final presentation
PDF, 1.4MB

map of proposed site - Creative Enterprise Centre
PDF, 196KB

PDF, 145KB

Creative Enterprise consultation report April 2016