City of Winchester Trust Design Awards

The City of Winchester Trust Design Award Scheme has been established since 1984 on a bi-annual basis to recognise quality in the design of buildings and landscape within the City of Winchester. It covers new buildings (of any size) rehabilitation and restoration, landscape and planting, shop fronts, signs and environmental improvement schemes.

Design Awards 2010

The awards for 2010 were adminstered by Trust Member Chris Higgins. The Award Ceromony was held in Ashbuton Hall, Queen Elizabeth II Court on 1st November 2010.

Judging Criteria

Awards are made for schemes which display a high standard of design, make a lasting contribution to the City of Winchester as seen by the public, and demonstrate a positive understanding of the character of the surroundings.This year a new category of Public Art >as introduced to encourage enlightened clients in sponsoring sculptures, paintings or other examples of fine art which is publicly accessible, and it was encouraging to have several enthusiastic submissions.

The Judges

The Judges were Stephen Harte, Barry Eaton, Gill Collymore and John Stott from the Trust with Martin Willey, Past President of RTPI as visiting chairman. They were impressed by the high standard of this year's submissions and all short-listed entries are to be congratulated; even those entries not receiving awards or commendations have contributed to the changing street scene of Winchester.

The Entries

Categories Entries
New Buildings 1 Long Close, Stanmore
Becks Mews, 108 Stockbridge Road
Emmaus Centre
Performing Arts Centre
Trinity Centre
University Centre
Waitrose + Doctors Surgery
8 St Thomas Street
8 Fallow Field, Badgers Farm
Abbey Gardens Lavatories
Discovery Centre
Lighting in St Cross Church
Queen Elizabeth II Court
Scholars Chambers, Winchester College
Sparklers Sure Start, Winnall
Landscape Memorial Garden Osborne School
Public Art Painted Bollards, The Square
Discovery Centre Wall Hanging
The Kite Flyer, Parchment Street
Collective Art at University
Sustainabilty Queen Elizabeth II Court


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Members' Choice

At the Trust's AGM, shortlisted entries were exhibited and members were invited to vote for their preferred scheme. The overriding winner was Queen Elizabeth II Court.


Queen Elizabeth II Court Queen Elizabeth II Court


Judges Decisions:

New Build : 2 Design Awards and 2 Commendations

Conversion/Refurbishment/Extensions : 2 Design Awards, 1 Sustainability Award and 1 Commendation.

Public Art : 2 Commendations

The judges had the difficult task of distinguishing between very worthy schemes that had made an immense contribution to the community, but in pure design standards may not have justified an award. There were also 2 schemes of great merit, which were hidden from public view; which sadly eliminated them under the current rules.

The panel have suggested that the Trust might consider the creation of 2 new categories for future awards; one of Hidden Gems for good designs which are not normally visible to the public e.g. Scholar's Chambers at Winchester College; and another Community Initiative award to recognise exceptional contributions made by voluntary projects within the city, such as Emmaus or the Memorial Garden.


The Memorial Garden at Osbourne School


AWARD New Build


Architect : Househam Henderson, Winchester
Contractor : Wilding & Butler, Colden Common

Well designed despite the limited budget. The external elevations make a very positive contribution to the street scene; a good use of the site.


Trinity Centre Trinity Centre


AWARD New Build


Architect : Design Engine, Winchester
Contractor : Geoffrey Osborne, Reigate

A demanding brief on a complex site, but the quality of this design shone through. This new building at the main entrance to the university campus has also created a sense of arrival, which was previously lacking.


University Centre

University Centre




Architect : MBP Architects, Hampton Wick
Contractor : Norwest Holst Ltd., Colden Common

So much better than most retail developments, and a good use of a tight site, but concern over weathering details. The interior design of the doctors waiting area was also commended.


Waitrose Superstore + Doctors Surgery Waitrose Superstore + Doctors Surgery



BECKS MEWS, 108 Stockbridge Road

Architect : Chaplin Farrant Wiltshire, Winchester
Developer : Millgate (Winchester) Ltd

It was so encouraging to see some good spec housing in a field where mediocrity all too often prevails.


Becks Mews, 108 Stockbridge Road

Becks Mews, 108 Stockbridge Road


AWARD Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishment


Architect : : Hampshire County Architects
Contractor : Mansell Construction Services Ltd, Southampton

This refurbishment respected Owen Carter's 1838 design for the Corn Exchange, whilst the extensions showed a skilful use of light and space without diminishing the original building.


Discovery Centre


AWARD Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishment


Architect : Seymour Bainbridge, Winchester
Lighting Design : Light + Design Associates, London
Contractor : B. F. Keane + CBS Construction

The quality of this scheme was simply stunning!


St Cross Church : New Lighting


COMMENDATION Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishment


Architect : Hampshire County Architects
Contractor : R V Dart and Son (Builders) Ltd., Romsey

Small, simply executed and achieved everything asked of it. Greater than the sum of its parts to make an important impact on the local community.


Sparklers Sure Start, Winnall Community Centre


SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishment


Architect : Hampshire County Architects (supported by Bennett Associates)
Contractor : BAM Construction, St Albans

Some concern about the mass of the building on its surroundings, but the interior design is most impressive. The impact on the working culture with open plan offices accommodating 75% more staff and a saving of £200K p.a. in running costs demonstrates just what a sound investment this should be in the long term. After much debate, the judges felt the environmental credentials were so important that the project should be given the Trust's Sustainability Award for 2010.


Queen Elizabeth II Court




Artist : Alice Kettle
Client/Sponsor : Hampshire County Council

A vibrant and courageous wall hanging; a leap of faith to make a great impact both in the Discovery Centre and from the street outside, but some of the jury felt that the delicate nature of the textile layering was in danger of being lost in the huge scale of this embroidery.


Looking Forwards to the PastLooking Forwards to the Past




Wisdom & Lar by Alice Kettle
King Alfred Topiary Statue by Wadham Trading Co
Dancers by Lucy Unwin
Stained Glass Library Staircase by Sasha Ward + others commissioned in recent years

The Friends of Art at the University are to be commended for their ongoing sponsorship of sculptures, wall hanging, paintings and photographs over several years, and the contribution these pieces make to the university campus.


Wisdom and Lars Dancers King Alfred Topiary Statue Stained Glass Library Staircase