Elizabeth II Court

Winchester, Hampshire
2006 - 2009

The ground breaking transformation of a dilapidated and inefficient 1960s building provides a facility for Hampshire County Council’s continued occupation. The existing buildings accounted for 20% of the Council’s office portfolio, but suffered from a poor internal environment and an aggressive external presence which jarred with the sensitive historic context.

The new Elizabeth II Court offices articulate the building in a more contextual manner through reduced massing, extended floor plates and new elevations. These high performance facades are combined with exposure of the coffered concrete slabs, engineered natural ventilation and othertechnologies to create an innovative low energy strategy that will deliver a 50% reduction in energy use compared to the existing. The operational emission target of 35 kg CO2/m2/annum for the completed building is comparable to many other new-build HQs in the country.

A welcoming new entrance, 200-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, café, restaurant and reception are laid out along a new internal street and relate to two new landscaped courtyards.

“Remodelling Elizabeth II Court has not only turned a liability into an asset and produced an innovative flagship building in this historic city of Winchester but it also represents a platform for cultural change in the use of our buildings and for improved modern ways of working.”

Cllr Ken Thornber
Leader of Hampshire County Council


Project Information

  • Client
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Area
  • 13,600 m²
  • Services Engineer
  • Ernest Griffiths
  • Architect
  • Bennetts Associates
  • Contractor
  • BAM
  • Structural Engineer
  • Gifford
  • Project Manager
  • Mace


  • 2010
  • Constructing Excellence Awards – Winner, Legacy (Sustainability) category
  • 2010
  • BCO Awards – Winner, Refurbished/Recycled Workplace Above 2000 m²
  • 2010
  • AJ Retrofit Awards – Winner, Commercial Building category
  • 2010
  • RICS Awards – Winner, Sustainability category
  • 2009
  • Building/UKGBC Awards – Sustainable Project of the Year