Winchester City Council published its Design Brief for the station area in October 2015.

In November 2015, WinACC's paper "Station Approach: WinACC notes on the City Council Design Brief " commented on the brief from our perspective with a particular emphasis on transport.  WinACC's paper also summarises some of our thoughts about what we'd want to see in the area. 

We would be pleased to hear from anyone considering submitting proposals for the design competition and would be happy to share our thinking - contact or ring the WinACC office on 01962 827083.

One of the Design Brief principles for a successful development is to contribute as a whole to a lower carbon and sustainable Winchester. WinACC welcomes this and believes this is an essential principle that must underpin all aspects of a major development like this.

We hope that all the designs submitted will contribute to Winchester City Council’s intention to cut carbon emissions in the district. 

The largest category of emissions in Winchester is Road Transport (34% excluding motorways, 46% including motorways). This is a far higher proportion than the proportion nationally, so traffic reduction is especially significant in Winchester. Modal transfer away from private transport (cars) to walking, cycling and well-filled public transport must clearly be a major element of a successful approach to reducing emissions and pollution. 

This development can contribute to resolving Winchester’s emissions problems in two major ways:

  • Enhance the role of the station and rail travel in Winchester transport by:
    • Improving cycling, pedestrian and public transport links with the rest of the town so that they are better used by more people
    • Improving transport interchange facilities at the station
    • Designing the development to attract the type of businesses that wish to benefit from the good train connections with all areas of England and Wales, and take advantage of the good local services
  • Minimise the traffic volumes and intrusion centring on the Stockbridge Road / City Road / Sussex Street / Andover Road Junction (the Albion Junction), and the junction at Westgate by making walking and cycling more enjoyable and less threatening by:
    • Nudging drivers away from parking within the ancient city walls by intercepting incoming cars at ‘park-and-ride’ and ‘gateway’ car parks
    • Revising the design of the local streets (Station Hill, Station Road, Stockbridge Road, Andover Road, Sussex Street) and junctions (Albion and Westgate) and one-way systems (the Upper High Street, Gladstone Street, Sussex Street gyratory).

The development will not be successful unless it addresses the conflict between traffic and pedestrians at Albion Junction and Westgate, promotes strong pedestrian and cycling links between the station and the city centre, addresses the conflict between buses, taxis and pedestrians on the station forecourt, and introduces a step change in the quality of the transport interchange facilities.

Download "Station Approach: WinACC notes on the City Council Design Brief".

Other documents are attached to this page for information and to stimulate debate. Unless they are published by WinACC, they are not a statement of WinACC's position.

One of those attached is the application to English Heritage to list the Register Office next to the station.