City of Winchester Trust Design Awards


The City of Winchester Trust Design Award Scheme has been established since 1984 on a bi-annual basis )(see archives - Galleries) 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 2015

The awards for 2015 were administered by Trust Member David Marklew. The Award Ceromony was held in the United Reform Church Hall in Jewry Street on 22nd October 2015.


Judging Criteria

The Trust's Design Awards are made for buildings and other projects which are of merit and add to the public ‘Winchester scene‘.

For the award the Trust this year received fourteen entries. Below is featured each entry including a very brief review statement made by the Awards Panel.


The Awards Panel has invested a great deal of time and effort in studying each entry in detail and all projects were investigated on site, some more than once and some both from inside as well as outside. All entrants were also asked to submit their schemes on an A2 panel, with the specific reminder that the Awards are made for ‘design excellence as long lasting contribution to the City of Winchester’. These A2 displays formed part of the Panel’s review also.


It is worth noting that the Award Panel consisted of a very diverse group of professionals, one architect and educator, one urban designer and town planner, one farmer, one artist and one landscape architect. With regards to the Awards, the Panel were unanimous in making the decisions.
The Trust as well as the Awards Panel were somewhat surprised by the relatively small number of entries received as compared to previous years. In some ways this was accentuated by the fact that over half of the entries came from just two architectural practices. It was also noted that half of the entries employed the architectural materials palette of brick and zinc. Neither of these observations had any bearing on the Awards procedures, they are however noteworthy.


The Award Panel consisted of a very diverse group of professionals, one architect and educator, one urban designer and town planner, one farmer, one artist and one landscape architect.


Award Entries with Panel's comments

(click on the thumbnails to view a larger image):

Box 459, Winchester Cathedral

Architect/designer — AR Design Studio


Box 459 - Winchester Cathedral


An interesting and popular installation in the shadows of Winchester Cathedral commemorating the fallen of WWI from across the Winchester district. Richly layered with meanings the box is constructed from Corten steel sheets and is now, somewhat unhappily, situated at the Guildhall.

The Runners House, 62 Kilham Lane:

Architect/Designer - AR Design Studio


The Runner's House



A stylish extension and remodelling of an existing detached house. Its forte is the back where a good harmony between new and existing is achieved. The interior is of a transparency that promises an unification front to back.

AR Design Studio - 4 Views:

Architect/Designer — AR Design Studio





An unconventional house with far reaching view within a street of established, large detached houses. At first floor, four spaces are wrapped around a memorial courtyard that finds itself between the point of entry and the principal view. Very many ideas are brought to co-exist and make for a quite labyrinthine whole. Its language is sleek, almost clinical.

The Medics, 16 Kilham Lane:

Architects/Designers — AR Design Studio


The Medics


An extended and remodelled existing detached house making for a comfortable family home. All action is at the back with an interesting wooden studio structure forming a focal point in the garden.

Bargate Homes - Parkwood, Andover Road

Architect/Designers - Bargate Homes




A hefty statement in brick and zinc in an elevated and relatively secluded setting with mature trees. The five individual houses, brick cubes with zinc attics, are anchored and opposed by the big zinc block , adorned with brick and timber annexes. A quite severe yet still welcoming atmosphere is created on arriving at this grand position.

Abbey Mill, Colebrook Street

Architect/Designer — Chaplin Farrant Wiltshire




Very good and successful use of an old Mill building with an impressive ‘Greek’ portico. The link inside to outside is constrained by the nature of the existing building and it basically happens via the portico. The eclectic use of materials and fittings certainly make a lively dining experience.

Black Hole, Wharf Hill:

Architect/ Designer - Chaplin Farrant Wiltshire and Huw Thomas Architects


Black Hole


A ‘traditionally’ themed project making an urban contribution to what previously was a pretty miserable street corner. It appears to work best on an approach from down Wharf Hill..

Taylor's Place, Easton Lane:

Architect/Designer — CHDP Architecture


Taylors Place


A row of houses forming a convex bow, well set back from the quite busy road. Articulated by a rhythmic placing of brick bays with entrances in between, the bulk of the houses is formed by monopitch zinc blocks behind. It’s a good attempt at making something more special out of this mixed use location.

Cromwell Road:

Architect/Deslgner — Architecture plb


Cromwell Road


A very difficult and constrained site at the back of post war Stanmore Garden Suburb requiring very different responses from place to place. This is certainly provided here with an attempt to redress such variety by means of materials and features. Nonetheless the quite beguiling simplicity of the Garden Suburb houses seems rather distant from this scheme.

Kenneth Kettle Building, Winchester University:

Architect/Designer— Studio 4 Architects


Kenneth Kettle Building


Conversion and refurbishment of a 1960’s chapel to an IT Studio and cafe for the University of Winchester. Existing brick walls to the south have been replaced by a large area of glazing gaining much more light to the interior and facilitating a link from inside to the new decking area outside, possibly at the cost of loosing something of the unity of the original chapel concept.

Keats Court, Chilbolton Avenue:

Architect/Designer — T2 architects


Keats Court


Very simple plan – far too many notes!

Nightingale Park, Romsey Road:

Architect/Designer — T2 architects


Nightingdale Park


Sensible layout and competently worked out scheme. There’s rather a lot going on here, from the almost ‘classical’ severity of the big block to the over articulated ‘vernacular’ of the houses. A good sense of place nonetheless has been achieved.

Staple Chambers, Staple Gardens:

Architect/Designer — T2 architects


Staple Chambers


A very severe frontage to Staple Gardens with a HCC kind of attic storey and an annoying level access route barring a direct street contact that elsewhere is the norm. To the south there’s a big extruding ‘wing’ that seems to dance to an entirely different tune. At the back it’s practically a different scheme again. Appears rather forced in this location.

St Valentines Close, Gordon Road:

Architect/Designer — T2 architects


St Valentines Close


Very sound and interesting urban solution presenting very clear, varied and site specific urban block boundaries to the surrounding streets. A rather calm internal ‘courtyard’ space has been achieved that is diagonally traversed by a pedestrian route linking Hyde Abbey Road with Gordon Road. The scale along this route varies greatly with individual houses of very different styles to the east and north. Great care went into materials and detail and the whole thing has a good air about it, though it is the urban, rather than the architectural aspects that are most convincing.

Members' Choice

At the Trust's AGM shortlisted entries were exhibited and members were invited to vote for their top three choices.

These were:
1 Black Hole
2 Abbey Mill
3 Taylor's Place

Judges Decision:

Overall Winner - St Valentines Close

The entry details for St Valentines Close application are available to read.


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