Kingsgate Housing Development

Winchester College

This housing project for Winchester College is adjacent to the ‘Kingsgate’, one of the medieval city gates into the City, and opposite the C14 College buildings at the head of Kingsgate Street, one of the finest Georgian streets in England. Inappropriate buildings from the 1960s are removed as part of the development.

The scheme preserves both a Georgian terraced house and Wellington House, a major Victorian building on the site, creating 11 terraced houses facing onto the surrounding streets. A pedestrian entrance is formed as a formal access to the development, alluding to the College main gate. The elevations respect the low Medieval Kingsgate rising to the four storeys of Wellington House. The narrow aspect of the adjoining Canon Street, is maintained by stepping back from the retained Georgian house with a ground floor colonnade, achieving a step back from the pavement to allow street access to the new houses.

The houses share a communal garden to the rear, with a new under-croft beneath Wellington House. The elevations use contemporary detailing in stone and brickwork, taking their lead from the surrounding Georgian houses.

Fenestration has a vertical emphasis, with joinery set back from the facades, lined reveals and stainless steel woven balustrades alluding to Georgian ironwork. Ground floor openings take their lead from former shop fronts on the street, with sliding slatted screens to adjust privacy. The timber clad stair enclosure to the house above the formal gate, takes its lead from the medieval Kingsgate.

Architect: Cowper Griffith

Client: Winchester College

Value: £3.4M