St Hilda’s Oxford

The Rock

55 Leroy Street

Oxford North

Best-in-class laboratory building for life sciences

Announcements

Gort Scott is now a Certified B Corporation

Sustainability

Gateway West achieves a BREEAM rating of Outstanding

Sustainability

Read our Retrofit Manifesto, produced for London Festival of Architecture 2024

Event

Mayor of London visits Three Mills Studios

Awards

St Catharine’s College Cambridge shortlisted for RIBA East Awards 2024

Three Mills Studios

New creative spaces for iconic TV and film production studios in East London

Waltham Forest Town Hall & Assembly Hall

Flexible working and event spaces for Waltham Forest’s listed Town Hall and Assembly Hall

Feature

A First Look at Bridge Avenue Mansions Retrofit

St Hilda’s Oxford

Transformative front of house development for St Hilda’s Oxford riverside site

The Rock

A private residence perched upon a rocky outcrop in Whistler

Feature

Integrated Technology Action Group

51 Hills Road

The greenest office in Cambridge

Feature

Planning consent granted for City of London retrofit scheme

Gainsford Road

Affordable starter homes on a site with an Arts and Crafts legacy

Studio

Read about our ethics, principles and our people, here.

Approach

Commitment to the Environment

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Values-Driven Working

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News

Forest Road shortlisted for 2024 Brick Awards

The 2024 Brick Awards Shortlist is now live, and we’re pleased to see Forest Road is shortlisted in the Medium Housing Development category.

Designed for Pocket Living, Forest Road provides 90 affordable one-bedroom homes for local first-time buyers and makes excellent use of an under-utilised site, to provide 100% affordable homes. Forest Road is situated opposite the William Morris Gallery — the Grade II* listed former home of the Arts & Crafts activist in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

For Forest Road, Gort Scott has evolved the language of brick and precast concrete decorative details first developed at nearby Gainsford Road (Gort Scott for Pocket Living, completed 2018), maintaining visual continuity across the two schemes to create a relatable identity whilst giving Forest Road its own distinct character.

Inspired by the curved bay windows of the William Morris Gallery, lintels are gently concave to catch soft shadows that animate with changing light. All precast elements are coloured to match the pink/red tones of Floren Vecchio brick. The material palette contains a mix of warm white, grey, plum, pink and red tones acknowledging the diverse colours of surrounding buildings, with a storey-height band of darker bricks forming a base to the building.

Read our Retrofit Manifesto, produced for London Festival of Architecture 2024

For London Festival of Architecture 2024 we hosted a ‘Studio Late’ event at our Bermondsey office. Nine of our retrofit projects were on display in the form of table-top project displays, produced especially for LFA visitors and situated over three floors of the building.

In addition to this, Gort Scott’s Retrofit and Heritage Knowledge Group created a set of 10 guiding principles for our work in retrofit: titled ‘Our Retrofit Manifesto’. Click here to read the Manifesto and download a PDF copy. There is also a large-scale version displayed on our office wall.

In our work, we prioritise the retrofit of existing buildings and have a deep care for historic fabric, learning from its layout and construction. Retrofit appeals to us on many levels: It answers our sense of civic and sustainable responsibility and our appetite for problem solving. Fundamentally, we enjoy it: The constraints of retrofit are a spring­board for good design, demanding the imagination to pursue unexpected directions, questioning, and collaborating until everything fits into place.

Gort Scott part of London Festival of Architecture 2024

Gort Scott is taking part of London Festival of Architecture 2024 on Thursday 20th June by welcoming curious LFA guests through the doors of our self-built, retrofitted Bermondsey studio. Guests can browse drawings, samples, have a drink and engage with members of the studio.

Projects on show will focus on how buildings and spaces in cities evolve over time, and are creatively re-purposed and retrofitted. Projects include creative studios, life sciences, educational spaces, public realm and masterplans. Gort Scott has a natural affinity with retrofit: It sits well with our environmental concerns and love for thoughtful, contextual design. Guests can chat with our architects and urban designers - advocates for repurposing and reimagining existing buildings - to spark conversations around the environmental, commercial and social benefits of the retrofit approach within our city.

The evening will be led by members of Gort Scott’s Retrofit Heritage Knowledge Group & Environmental Action Group. Live and built projects will be on display including sketches and a material showcase.

Studio Late with Gort Scott
Thursday 20 June 2024
Drop-in between 18:00-20:00
Free event (no booking required)
Address: 55 Leroy Street, Bermondsey SE1 4SN


3 Mills Studios wins ‘Creative Retrofit 2024’ award

We are pleased to announce that our project 3 Mills Studios has won Creative Retrofit 2024 in The Pineapples Awards 2024.

The project involved the transformation of a series of buildings at 3 Mills Studios – For London Legacy Development Corporation.

Three Mills island is a unique remnant of historic London and is the city’s oldest still-surviving industrial centre. The new creative spaces will encourage the establishment of new businesses and employment opportunities by contributing to the economy of the Bromley-by-Bow area and providing a significant investment into the cultural sector, whilst supporting the growing TV and film industry in East London.

The project brings under-used heritage buildings back into life as new spaces, and greatly improves their environmental sustainability, climate resilience and economic viability. The judges commented on the real impact achieved for such a tight budget in this heritage setting and the ambition to consider the open space between the collection of buildings as a future public yard.

Read the full list of winners on The Developer website.

Many architects, through their work, create art and alter environments. A few, like Gort Scott, transform lives.

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