Antonia Perkins, Head of Policy and Projects at Winchester City Council gives an update on the Station Approach development:
“The competitive dialogue process with our two architects has come to a close now, so now seems a good time to remind you of some key dates.
The dialogue process has been well received by the participants, and has provided a great opportunity to work with the teams to ensure they present a viable proposal at the end of the competition. A wide variety of professionals have been part of the dialogue and we are looking forward now to passing their designs on to the Design Jury who will pass judgement on the designs of the schemes and their ‘fit’ with Winchester. The competitors’ ‘best and final offers’ are now due to be received by 11 April.
After the BAFOs are received, the Design Jury will receive a briefing on the competition so far, led by our RIBA Advisor, Tina Frost. They will also have a tour of the area, led by local Councillor and Jury member Cllr Liz Hutchison. The Jury will then meet during the w/c 25th April to evaluate the proposals. The two schemes will be exhibited to the public during the w/c 9 May and the final scores for the competition will be presented to Cabinet on 19 May.
Alongside the competition workstream is work to look at securing tenants for the office space and work to undertake an options appraisal looking at how and by who the development should be taken forward post planning.
It is our intention that further engagement and consultation takes place if Cabinet decide to proceed following the May decision, part of which will be providing residents etc with the opportunity to feedback to the winning architects on their design which will be taken on board before we get to the more formal planning consultation stages.”