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Coitbury House, Winchester

S. Williams has been commissioned by Winchester City Council as their RIBA Client Adviser for the Refurbishment of a key building within the Central Winchester Regeneration (CWR) area.  The building will sit within the redeveloped CWR site for years to come and therefore must take account of its potential future surrounding both in design and use.


The vision for the Central Winchester Regeneration Area is for the delivery of a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly quarter that is distinctly Winchester and supports a vibrant retail and cultural offer, which is set within an exceptional public realm and incorporates the imaginative re-use of existing buildings.

The first task was to select a practice for the project.  Sarah supported the Council by running a small competition with a selected shortlist by working closely with officers and the Winchester design advisory panel.

Henley Halebrown were selected as the winning team and are now working on the design to create circa 10,000-11,000 square feet of office accommodation and other potential ground floor uses, geared towards current and future market trends.

Issues such as the rationalisation of floor plates enhancing the entrance and ground floor facilities, renewal of all services, compliance with regulations and improved energy efficency all form part of the brief.

A planning application is due to be submitted mid 2019.