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Design team sought for Winchester public realm commission

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Winchester City Council is seeking a design team to overhaul the public realm surrounding St Maurice’s Church Tower

Backed by the Winchester Town Forum, the project seeks ‘affordable, deliverable and imaginative’ proposals for the prominent town centre plot known as St Maurice’s Covert.

The Grade II-listed medieval church on Winchester High Street was originally a gate chapel and has been a public right of way for centuries.

The building was significantly rebuilt during the nineteenth century and partially demolished in 1957 to make way for a shopping centre leaving only the Norman tower and gateway.

A new lighting scheme, cycle storage facility, sheltered area, events space, bin store and shop fronts may be included in the regeneration.

According to the brief: ‘Today the Covert is considered by many to be a dull space with an intimidating ceiling, poorly lit with municipal style lighting.’

The document continued: ‘Access is gained to Market Lane to the rear via openings either side of the tower.

‘The east inner wall is Debenhams shop frontage which needs to be kept unobstructed at all times by restrictive covenant.

‘The west side wall is semi-smooth render and is painted light cream. The High Street entrance is completely open, save for two stone Doric columns supporting the masonry above.’ Architecture PLB completed new £180,000 public conveniences in the covert in 1998.

Proposals must highlight the area’s historic architecture and strengthen connections between the High Street and the nearby Winchester Cathedral and Wessex Hotel. Low costs schemes which remove visual clutter and require minimal maintenance are also sought.

Any outfit with appropriate experience and a reputation for excellent design and working with stakeholders may apply for the £10,000 commission.

Submissions must include a concept sketch and a text explaining the methodological response to the brief. An overall plan with an indication of costs and phasing will also be required.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 27 April

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Sonia Vincent
Winchester City Council
Colebrook Street
SO23 9LJ

Email: svincent@winchester.gov.uk
Tel: 01962 848269

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