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Revealed: schemes by finalists in Winchester station contest

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The two proposals by the finalists in a contentious competition to regenerate the approach to Winchester station have been revealed

The designs were drawn up by Hopkins Architects and local firm Design Engine but are being exhibited anonymously. They focus on the Winchester City Council-owned Carfax and Cattlemarket plots.

The sites, a short distance from Winchester Station, are expected to feature commercial, residential and retail development.

The rival designs have been revealed two months after it emerged that Grimshaw, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Aedas RHWL had withdrawn from the contest amid concerns it had been too restrictive, too expensive and the final project fee too low.

The original shortlist

  • Aedas RHWL, London [WITHDRAWN]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  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bath [WITHDRAWN]
  • Grimshaw Architects, London [WITHDRAWN]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

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’.

Before the launch of the competition, local firm Snug Architects developed some initial visions for the area with engineering and architecture students from the University of Southampton.

A recommendation on the preferred team will be made to Winchester Council’s cabinet on 9 June.

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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