A leading architect behind some of the best known regeneration projects in the North has joined forces with a Newcastle business.
Cyril Winskell, an accredited conservation architect, has transferred his business interests and current project portfolio to xsite architecture, the practice involved in award-winning projects such as the Toffee Factory in Ouseburn, the Redcar Palace Hub and the Boho Zone in Middlesbrough.
The move formalises an existing relationship which has already seen Mr Winskell – still very much in demand in his eighties – provide consultancy support on some of xsite’s recent projects.
Mr Winskell and the xsite team have worked together on the redevelopment of the Tyneside Cinema, various projects on the Mitford Estate, Northumberland, a listed building project in a Newcastle park as well as a project of Winskell’s in Cumbria.
Mr Winskell, who launched a private practice in 1971, was the architect behind the restoration of the St Thomas’s area in Newcastle and he also wrote the report upon townscape of the Canning Street conservation area in Liverpool for English Heritage following the Toxteth riots in 1982.
He was a member of the Urban Design Panel of the Grainger Town City Centre Partnership until it ended in 2003 and he still retains the role of inspecting architect for a number of churches in the area.
“This is a very positive move for me,” he said. “I have always tried to pass something on throughout my career. Most of my knowledge is gained through experience, not academia, and I am pleased to be able to share it with the younger members of the team at xsite.
“Additionally, we are now living in a digital world and this new working arrangement allows me to keep abreast of the times and access the many benefits of such technology.”
Tim Bailey, partner at xsite, said: “Cyril’s contribution to the region’s architectural heritage is second-to-none for a living architect and we are extremely fortunate that he has decided to transfer his business interests to xsite. He has practised as an architect for almost 60 years and played a huge role in both conserving and redefining the skyline of the city over those years.
“Cyril continues to be available to work independently for other construction consultants. Xsite has benefited from a productive working relationship with Cyril for many years and I feel certain that this will continue to develop in the future with us and others.”