Winchester vision 2020

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This is a challenging and visionary proposal for how 2000 new homes and additional employment and community facilities can be integrated into the historic city of Winchester. The presentation was given to Winchester residents on 6th August 2011 by Paul Bulkeley of Snug Projects Architects. Astonishingly the ideas received almost 100% support from the audience. The strategy not only provides much needed housing, it also improves the cities much loved setting, creating places where people want to live, work and play. Is this a new way of promoting development?

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Winchester vision 2020

  1. 1. Winchester 2020 Vision
  2. 2. A presentation by Paul BulkeleyDirector of architects Snug Projects Ltd on behalf of WINACC and The Winchester Trust
  3. 3. OUR TASK To provide a spatial strategy and fresh perspective on delivering the aims set out in Plans for Places and the ‘Themes for ourFuture’ from Winchester –Towards our Future and in line with the WINACC and Winchester Trust 10 Principles.
  4. 4. OUR AIMS• Provide 2000 new houses.• Provide varied employment opportunities.• Improve the character and setting of the city.• Reduce the cities environmental impact.• Increases walking and cycling opportunities.
  5. 5. OUR APPROACH• Reinforce and extend our cities strengths.• Focus on the unloved locations and repair what is weak.• Build where people want to live, work and play.• Use underutilised industrial sites and car parks for residential development.• Intensify densities both within the city centre and suburbs.
  6. 6. 1895
  7. 7. 20001895
  8. 8. STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
  9. 9. Strengths:Flood plain and hills brings natural landscape to the heart of the city.Historic core.Train services to LondonNew access to motorways.Weaknesses:Most residential neighbourhoods beyond walking distance of the city centre.Asymmetry to the city form.Proximity of noisy motorwayZoning of employment to the east as an outdated city model.
  10. 10. Balance the Asymmetry to create walkable suburbs
  11. 11. Walking Within the Walls
  12. 12. Enhance the Gateways
  13. 13. The city benefits from historic Roman roads characterised by a tree lined approach.Increasingly access is from the motorway along roads that do not reflect these qualities. The Cathedral is only visible from these three access roads with poor public realm.There is an opportunity for new development to improve the setting of the Conservation Area.
  14. 14. Focus development where it can repair andimprove the cities character, in locationpeople can walk to town from and close tolocations people want to enjoy. This is a winwin development strategy.
  15. 15. 3 LOCATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT
  16. 16. 1A mixed use business hub around the trainstation.Make use of existing underdeveloped carparks and commercial sites.Take advantage of the topography to integrateup to 9 storey development.Improve the approach to the ConservationArea.
  17. 17. 7 STOREY
  18. 18. 2The Winnal approach provides an opportunityto repair the urban realm and street frontage,use the topography to integrate up to 6 storeydevelopment and create a desirableresidential neighbourhood that gives access tothe river flood plain with all the qualities ofHyde.
  19. 19. 3The Barend Approach - With a little musical chairs wecan create a new neighbourhood in walking distance tomany of the cities best kept secrets.The proposal focuses development on underutilisedand poorly located industrial sites and playing fieldswhich can easily be more appropriately relocated.This allows people to live in one of the nicest parts ofthe city. The proposal creates an opportunity toprovide improved employment sites with direct accessfrom the motorway and a variety of residentialneighbourhoods, as well as a new primary school.
  20. 20. 20201895
  21. 21. Visionary development, based on local knowledge, creates places to live, work and play that are successfully integrated into thecity, delivering much needed new housing andsignificant spatial benefits to the cities historic and landscape setting.
  22. 22. Century House 30-31 Jewry St Winchester SO23 8RY 00 44 1962 868787www.snugprojects.co.ukinfo@snugprojects.co.uk

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