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Big names shortlisted for Winchester station approach project

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Grimshaw and Hopkins have been named among the five finalists in the contest to regenerate two key sites on the approach to Winchester train station

They are joined by local practice Design Engine, Aedas RHWL and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on the shortlist for the major redevelopment of the Winchester City Council-owned Carfax and Cattlemarket plots.

The two sites close to city’s main station are expected to feature commercial, residential and retail development alongside new car parking and improved public realm connections.

According to the design brief, the project will create ‘an opportunity to add to Winchester’s impressive architectural history with proposals that are ‘of their time’, whilst reflecting the character and heritage of the city’.

Stephen Godfrey, leader of Winchester City Council, said: ‘We had a great amount of interest from potential bidders and 22 submissions in total. I am delighted that we have been able to select a high-quality shortlist … reflecting the exciting opportunity the Station Approach development offers Winchester.

‘We are mindful of the significance this development has for Winchester, and we have worked hard to bring together a credible jury made up of renowned architects, professionals and experts with key local knowledge.’

Shortlist in full

  • Aedas RHWL, London
  • Design Engine Architects, Winchester
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bath
  • Grimshaw Architects, London
  • Hopkins Architects Partnership, London

The shortlisted architects will now work with the City Council to create their final submissions. An exhibition of the shortlisted designs will be held in early March with a winner named shortly afterwards.

Before the luanch of the competition local firm Snug Architects developed some initial visions for the area with engineering and architecture students from the University of Southampton [pictured].

The competition jury in full:

  • Derek Latham – architect and chair
  • Cindy Walters – architect
  • Bob Wallbridge – architect, Hampshire County Council
  • Keith Leaman – City of Winchester Trust
  • Liz Hutchison – City councillor for St Paul Ward
  • Rob Humby – City councillor for Owslebury & Curdridge
  • Barry Lipscomb – City councillor for Wonston & Micheldever
  • John Hearn – urban designer and town planner
  • Ben Clifton – Strategic Transport, Hampshire County Council
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