Advisory Panels & Consultants

Advisory Groups

The Advisory Panels alongside our community engagement has helped to inform the RIBA Stage 3 and Stage 4 design work. The reports and findings from these panels were presented to and reviewed by Members.

  • Design Advisory Panel


    This panel considered and advised on design issues that needed to be considered during the RIBA Stage 3 of the design process. The panel considered issues such as the materials used, design of the sports spaces and pool, centre facilities and the wider scheme.

    Panel members

    The panel includes the following members: •

    • Representative Councillors
    • An external design expert
    • City of Winchester Trust representative
    • University of Winchester representative

    Meetings are also attended by the Council’s design team.

    Local Architect Andy Ramus was appointed to provide external expertise, challenge and input into the design process.

  • Winchester Inclusive Design Advisory Panel


    This group helped to ensure that the building is inclusive and accessible in its design and function for people of all ages, gender, race, religion, ability and disability.

    It commented on accessibility requirements, the design, and advised on practical ways to give people safe and secure access to the venue and allow them to fully enjoy the services at the centre.

    Panel members

    • Representative Councillors

    • Winchester GoLD Trustee who was highly recommended by Winchester Access for All

    • Hampshire Parent Carer Network

    • Founder of Parability, a user-led organisation and organisers of Hampshire Wheelchair Racing

    • Member of Winchester and District Sports Association for Disabled

    • Member of the Winchester Goalball Club and blind person

    The panel is advised by Peter Joyce, Inclusive Design Advisor of LA Architects.

  • Sustainability & Green Issues Advisory Panel


    This panel advised on issues around energy use, transport and overall sustainability of the Sport & Leisure Centre.

    Panel members

    • Representative Councillors
    • Executive Director of WinACC
    • University of Winchester
    • Independent Transport Advisor
    • Sustainability expert and representative (WinACC)
  • Sport & Leisure Centre Contract Management Panel


    This panel advised on the procurement and evaluation process for the selection of an operator for the Sport & Leisure Centre.

    Panel members:

    • Representative Councillors
    • The Pinder Trust
    • University of Winchester
    • Hampshire County Council procurement specialists
    • St Albans Council (who had great success when they went through a similar process recently)
    • The Council’s specialist sport and leisure advisors
    • The Sports Consultancy


We have employed experienced consultants to help us deliver this project.


  • LA Architects

    Role: Architect and Lead Consultant

    LA Architects is the design and technical lead for the Sport and Leisure Centre and are responsible for the design from inception through to completion. As the specialist architects they lead the design team to deliver the project to the highest quality and standards - not just for construction but for sports and leisure performance.

    LA is recognised as one of the top sports and leisure specialist architects in the country, by Sport England, various Government bodies and Olympic Authorities across Europe amongst others.

    They have designed and worked on over 35 sports and leisure centres including two 50m pools. LA’s experience and understanding of the sports and leisure sector is far reaching and detailed.

    Over the past few years they have received numerous national and international awards including The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, The Mayor of London Best Community Building, BREEAM awards and RIBA awards including RIBA Architect of the Year in 2015.


  • Mace

    Role: Project Management & Cost Consultant

    Mace provide project management and cost consultancy services to enable the Council to deliver the Sport and Leisure Park project. They have been involved in the project since 2014 when initial feasibility works were completed to determine the location of the Park at Bar End. Since then we have successfully delivered feasibility, concept and detailed design stages.

    Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, founded and built on exceptional people, a commitment to service excellence and a deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit. 

    They take great pride in supporting this prominent civic project which will improve the health and happiness of the city’s residents. They look forward to working with the council through the next stages in successfully delivering the construction of the centre to the high quality and environmental standards that the city deserves.

  • BDP

    Role: Landscape architect

    BDP is involved in developing the public realm and landscape proposals at Winchester Sport and Leisure Park, which celebrates the site’s assets, rich natural character whilst nurturing its existing identity. The proposals ensure there is an inclusive and seamless approach to designing and shaping the landscape around the proposed leisure centre building, to create a series of legible, enjoyable and interconnecting routes and spaces which are accessible for all.

    BDP designs and creates inspiring places for people.  With 1000 architects, engineers, landscape architects, designers and masterplanners they work from studios throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Middle East, India, China and Singapore. Founded in 1961, BDP is now one of the best known interdisciplinary practices in the world and has won over 1000 design and industry awards. They collaborate with their clients to realise their aspirations, placing the user at the heart of the design process to create places and spaces that energise and nurture the people who use them.

  • Arup

    Role: Civil, structural, geotechnical, highway and fire engineering consultants

    Arup provide the project's civil, structural, geotechnical, highway and fire engineering service as well as BREEAM assessment and accreditation.  Their multi-disciplinary team based at their Winchester office is leading this project.  

    Arup is an independent firm of engineers and consultants who employ over 13,000 people in more than 35 countries. Their engineers and designers have been behind some of the world’s most ambitious structures.

  • The Sports Consultancy

    Role: Sport and leisure consultant

    The Sports Consultancy's role is to manage the procurement process to select an operator for the new sport and leisure centre and to deliver the final business case for Winchester Sport and Leisure Park.  

    They advise on a broad range of clients within sport, including national governing bodies, international federations, rights holders, sponsors and local, regional and national authorities. The Major Events and Venues team – which is involved in this project – has significant experience in assessing the feasibility of, developing business cases for and delivering new sports facilities.

  • Stride Treglown

    Stride Treglown have two roles in this project - architectural lead and town planners.

    Role: Architect

    As architectural lead, Stride Treglown has appointed LA architects, as their subcontractor, for the design of the Sports Centre.  

    Stride Treglown provide the contractual framework and business information modelling expertise throughout the design development for the new Winchester Sport and Leisure Park. They also developed the draft Design Framework, capturing the aspirations for Winchester’s new Sport and Leisure Park in its wider context.   This included the public consultation and engagement process, providing a long term strategy for the delivery of a range of community and sporting facilities that serves the surrounding neighbourhoods and the whole of Winchester. 


    Role: Town planners

    Stride Treglown has advised the City Council in relation to policy considerations and validation requirements pertinent to the emerging application.

    They have participated in pre-application discussions, led the collation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion and have worked closely with the wider consultant team to review Draft Technical Impact Assessments which will accompany the application.

    They developed a public consultation and engagement strategy and attended numerous public events between June 2017 and January 2018. Their analysis of the responses has helped inform the emerging design and the future management of the site. 

  • Willmott Dixon

    Willmott Dixon are proud to be part of the team that will deliver the new Winchester Leisure and Sports Park project.  The new facility will provide the local community with an inspiring space within which to enjoy their social and fitness time.  We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to further develop the project ready for commencing on site in Spring 2019.