Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands bags Winchester redevelopment

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has been appointed to design a new mixed-use quarter in Winchester, Hampshire.

Winchester City Council has asked the architects to design ‘a sensitive blend’ of commercial and residential property development with the aim to improve the area between the Cattlemarket and the railway station.

Alex Lifschutz, director of LDS, said:

“We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious project. This area of the city has an important role to play. We will be looking to maintain a sense of ‘Winchester’ in the area – people need to know they have arrived in a special place steeped in culture, showcasing heritage and benefitting from open spaces. We’re committed to making sure that we consult and engage with residents and visitors to ensure we reach a design solution that works for the city.”

Roger Hawkins of Hawkins/Brown who acted as RIBA Competitions advisor and chair of the council’s project evaluation board, explained:

“Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands demonstrated their public engagement skills and clear understanding of the need to engage residents and bring their views into the designs and the project. The team scored very highly across the board.”

In 2016, the design competition was restarted after the council decided not to appoint the preferred bidder, believed to have been Hopkins Architects.