Successful architecture firm announced for Station Approach

Press Release: 30/08/2017

Station Approach from the air

Winchester City Council has announced the appointment of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands as the architecture firm to take forward the Station Approach development.

Following the approval of the firm’s tender at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 14 August, and the ending of a mandatory 10 day ‘standstill period’, the appointment marks an important step in progressing development at Station Approach.

Cllr Caroline Horrill Leader of Winchester City Council, explained:

Developing Station Approach is an important aspect of our vision for Winchester’s future and will allow us to offer much needed Grade A office space to the business community who are regularly requesting premises of this calibre in the city. The area creates that all important first impression for many people who come to the city and serves thousands of commuters every month. The appointment of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is our first step in regenerating the area so it is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors alike. The next step is to develop concept designs - as with all our major projects consultation with residents and other stakeholders is absolutely key and ensuring this is done satisfactorily has played a critical role in the RIBA selection process.

The process has been overseen by RIBA Competitions and their advisor Roger Hawkins, chaired the Council’s Project Evaluation Board.

Roger Hawkins, Hawkins/Brown, RIBA Adviser explained:

This is an important site within Winchester city centre and the standard of applicants was high. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands demonstrated their public engagement skills and clear understanding of the need to engage residents and bring their views into the designs and the Project. The team scored very highly across the board.

Alex Lifschutz, Director, said:

We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious project. This area of the city has an important role to play. 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 benefitting from open spaces. We’re committed to making sure that we consult and engage with residents and visitors to ensure we reach a design solution that works for the city.

The Council is tasking the successful tenderer to design the area with a sensitive blend of commercial and residential property developments. As an initial task Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands will scope the mix and balance of different uses across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites.