Central Winchester Regeneration

The council is seeking the comprehensive redevelopment of the central Winchester area. This section contains all of the latest information on the Central Winchester Regeneration project.
CWR proposal

We held an online Open Forum to discuss the next steps on the Central Winchester Regeneration project on 5 July 2021. To see the presentation from the session please click here. (pptx, 6.2mb)

Climate Emergency

We are placing the climate emergency and newly adopted council plan at the heart of everything we are doing. 

We will be looking at creative and innovative ways to embed this. We have shared thoughts around retention of existing buildings and no car parking and have given examples of how the preferred scheme is being developed with the climate emergency upfront and centre.

Movement Strategy

We are working closely with Hampshire County Council on options for the bus arrangements and will continue to do so. Atkins is carrying out stage one of the feasibility study, looking at several options that work for the regeneration of the site, the wider movement strategy and our partners at the bus operators. 

Our close working relationship continues with all areas of the emerging studies under the Movement Strategy and again, concepts for the lower section of the High Street and Broadway remain flexible and can be delivered in phases as actions under the wider movement strategy evolve. You can find the Movement Strategy timeline here (pdf, 73kb)

 

Winchester Vision

A new Vision for Winchester outlines aspirations for how the city develops and grows over the coming years, overseen by the Winchester Town Forum. Our work with JLL is closely linked with the Winchester Vision.

 

Central Winchester Regeneration details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Kelsie Learney

Start Date

29/03/2016

Key Steps/Milestones

Milestones completed:

  • Cabinet Project Initiation: 29 March 2016
  • JTP architects and masterplanners appointed: December 2016
  • Engagement: February - July 2017
  • Bus station purchase by the council and improvement works: April - September 2017
  • Preparation of and consultation on draft SPD: April - November 2017
  • Formal consultation on draft SPD: 11 December 2017 - 5 February 2018
  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet: 20 June 2018
  • Archaeology public information event: December 2018
  • Council acquired the land of the former Friarsgate Medical Centre along with buildings either side of the Bus Station entrance: December 2018
  • The council owned, former Antique Market was brought back into use as an arts venue, 'The Nutshell': December 2018
  • JLL appointed as Strategic Placemaking Consultancy to bring a cohesive and expert oversight across the projects in the district: May 2019
  • Concept design produced for the lower section of the High Street and Broadway public realm: January 2020
  • Scheme options for the CWR area developed and shared with members, stakeholders and the public for feedback: January – March 2020
  • ARCA Geoarchaeology appointed to carry out pre-development archaeological investigations: June 2020
  • Consultation on draft development proposals undertaken 11 November 2020 - 12 January 2021
  • Short term measures including improvements to the ground floor of Kings Walk and the surrounding public realm, and creating an attractive temporary open space on the site of the old Friarsgate Medical Centre approved - March 2021
  • First stage in the formal process of business case development, the Strategic Outline Case (SOC), approved - July 2021

Latest Status

Latest Status

  • Appointed archaeology consultant, ARCA Geoarchaeology, undertaking pre-development investigations on the site
  • Working with Hampshire County Council and bus operators to develop bus solution
  • Cabinet approved short term improvements to the ground floor of Kings Walk and the surrounding public realm, and creating an attractive temporary open space on the site of the old Friarsgate Medical Centre.
  • The Strategic Outline Case (SOC) has been approved which is the first stage in the formal process of business case development 

Last Committee Report

 

Next Steps

  • Progress short term improvements to the ground floor of Kings Walk and the surrounding public realm, exploring the inclusion of event space, new outdoor spaces for eating and improved seating
  • Create an attractive temporary open space on the site of the old Friarsgate Medical Centre 
  • Prepare an Outline Business Case to look in more detail into the delivery route and financial viability of the development proposals