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Design team sought for redevelopment of Winchester’s Station Approach

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Winchester City Council have today announced the launch of a process to identify a design team for the Station Approach area of Winchester.

Winchester has a shortfall in modern Grade A commercial office premises which represents a constraint on its development of a competitive employment based economy. The Council’s brief for this project starts from its view that this shortfall needs to be addressed for the long term benefit of the city.

Winchester City Council own two sites within the Station Approach area which they have identified as potential locations for development – the Carfax site and the Cattlemarket site. The Council intends to commission a design team to work with the Council as client, and with other stakeholders, to demonstrate how these sites can accommodate development.

The design team will be selected via a restricted EU procedure including an interview with an Evaluation Board and Advisory Panel. It is intended to select a shortlist of five teams following evaluation of an initial selection questionnaire. No design work will be required from shortlisted teams however a contribution to costs of £3,000+VAT per shortlisted team attending the interview will be provided.

The Evaluation Board includes Roger Hawkins of Hawkins Brown and Sarah Williams of SWilliams Architects as RIBA Advisers.

Sarah Williams, RIBA Adviser said: “I’m delighted to be advising on the RIBA Competitions-led process for this exciting city centre project in the heart of Winchester. The City Council is determined to create a high quality scheme within an improved public realm and I look forward to helping them achieve this”.

Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the Brief and Standard Selection Questionnaire available to view on Contracts Finder

https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder. Interested applicants will then need to

complete a registration form available from the RIBA at:

https://ribacompetitions.wufoo.eu/forms/station-approach-winchester/

The closing date for Standard Selection Questionnaire applications is 12:00 midday on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

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