Market Lane Public Conveniences

ArchitecturePLB, Winchester, 1998


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The attendant's room provides the main focus of interest on the front elevation 

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  • The attendant    
  • Bridge leading from stairs to men    
  • The attendant    
  • Unobstructed window openings not let saylight into the men    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    

Refurbishment and modernisation of the city's Market Lane public conveniences into a 'flagship' toilet

The facility needed to be able to deal with the year-round flow of tourists. The original 1950's building is undistinguished, but its position is central and important, situated close to a number of the cities major tourist attractions.

The interior was gutted, piles driven inside the walls and a steel structure inserted. Glazing on the entrance facade brings light into the building and emphasises a ground-floor attendant's room. A staircase to the men's toilet on the first-floor becomes a gently sloping bridge at its dog-leg turn, and passes visibly behind the facade glazing. The women's toilet, disabled toilets and baby changing are at ground floor level.

A central services duct allows easy access for maintenance. Cubicles are arranged around behind this duct rather than against walls where they would obstruct natural light. A heavy pivoting timber door and etched glass canopy give the entrance a modern presence.


  • Completed: Jun 1998
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £180,000
  • Address: Market Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom

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