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Winchester High Street improvements wins landscape award

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The £2.7million scheme to repave Winchester's historic High Street and The Square has been hailed as a major success by the City of Winchester Trust in their 2013 Design Awards.

The improvements to the High Street and The Square, were recognised in the Landscape Award and was noted as an exemplary piece of cityscape, well mannered, well judged and skilful.

Winchester High Street improvements began in September 2009 and took just over a year to complete. It was a joint scheme between Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council and was carried out by Mildren Construction.

The project included repaving the entire High Street and The Square with York stone to complement the local heritage and surrounding buildings, with its mellow colour and texture. It also included installing traffic management with a 20mph speed limit, simple and streamlined street furniture and signage to blend in and enhance the city centre for the benefit of shoppers and local businesses.

The improvements were made to enhance the visitor experience, encourage more shoppers and boost business, provide better connections for exploring the city on foot and achieve a better balance between traffic and pedestrians.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Environment and Transport, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "I am delighted that the improvements to Winchester High Street and The Square have won this award, what a wonderful accolade. The works showed great collaboration between us and our partners to achieve a wonderful new environment for residents, shoppers and businesses in Winchester. We have received lots of compliments about the new paving, which really sets off the city's heritage and buildings perfectly and makes Winchester an even more attractive place to visit."

Cllr Victoria Weston, Winchester City Council's Portfolio Holder for Built Environment, said: "I was delighted to receive this award along with fellow councillor Fiona Mather*. This has been a great scheme to have been so closely involved with and also to meet the artists that painted the beautiful bollards. This improved High Street and Square has been so well received by residents and visitors and to have it featured as part of the prestigious City of Winchester Trust Design Awards is a thrill for everyone involved."

Chris Turner from Winchester Business Improvement District, said: "Winchester BID is very excited about this award which is a great example of co-operative workings between the County Council, City Council and the business community. The improvement works have already made an amazing impact on the economic future of the Square."

Chris Wingham from Mildern Construction, said: "This was a challenging project to undertake, working within the tight confines of the High Street and Market Square, whilst maintaining full public access throughout. The finished result is testimony to the close working relationship developed between the County Council, City Council, local businesses and ourselves."

*Cllr Fiona Mather attended the award ceremony on behalf of Cllr Seán Woodward.

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