The latest masterplan for the regeneration of land near Winchester station – an all-new proposal drawn up by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands – has been backed by councillors
Winchester City Council’s cabinet endorsed the practice’s proposals for a revamp of Station Approach in the Hampshire city – a successor scheme to Hopkins’ ditched plans for the key site.
The project will see 13,000m² of office space created alongside new homes, improved public space and better parking.
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands defeated Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, BDP, Metropolitan Workshop with Henley Halebrown, and Rick Mather Architects to win the RIBA-backed competition last year.
Hopkins Architects had been selected as ’preferred bidder in principle’ following a previous design contest for the station approach project. But in summer 2016 councillors decided not to appoint the practice. Concerns had arisen about potential overdevelopment of key gateway sites.
Urban design consultancy Publica and landscape designers Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape worked with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on the latest plans, which will now go to public consultation before planning applications are made.
Winchester City Council head of programme Ian Charie said this week: ‘At a meeting of the Winchester City Council cabinet on Tuesday evening, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ masterplan framework and Publica’s public realm strategy were unanimously endorsed.
’The project team is now developing the ideas further with stakeholders and the local community as part of delivering the vision for Winchester Station Approach.’
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands director Alex Lifschutz said last year: ‘We will be looking to maintain a sense of “Winchester” in the area. People need to know they have arrived in a special place steeped in culture, showcasing heritage and benefiting from open spaces.’
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ masterplan for Winchester Station Approach