Announcing renovation project at 3 Mills Studios

We are very excited to have been appointed by the LLDC to lead a design team in renovating and refurbishing parts of 3 Mills Studios, iconic TV and Film production studios in the heart of London’s most vibrant creative community, by the River Lea in Bow.

The project aims to fit-out and undertake remedial works to several of the characterful, historic and listed buildings along Three Mill Lane. The project will support the long-term viability of 3 Mills Studios through the creation of new workspaces and contribute to supporting the creative industries in east London. Our team includes the architectural practice Freehaus, and engineers OR Consulting and Momentum.

On Site at Kerasia House

We are pleased to announce that Kerasia House is beginning to take shape, with construction underway.

The new home will be situated within a grove of olive trees on a steep hillside, with expansive views over the Ionian Sea. The built elements of the project are distributed amongst a collection of small buildings set into the landscape, referencing the vernacular of Corfu’s hilltop villages.

Working with local builders and craftspeople, the external walls are being made from a local stone and terracotta blockwork, with a contemporary interpretation of traditional construction techniques used on the island. The walls are 650mm thick, to build thermal mass and protect against Corfu’s warm climate. Roof tiles have been reclaimed and windows are constructed from timber.

The project is due to be completed in spring 2022.

To view the project page, click here.

Announcing Leyton Mills Development Framework

We are delighted to have won an important commission to create an urban design strategy and development framework for the New Spitalfields and Leyton Mills area of the Lea Valley in London - for Waltham Forest Council. Gort Scott will be leading a team including We Made That, Hatch, Sweco, Cushman Wakefield and Turley.

The project will connect high street and town centre with the river and regional park as well as significant new and existing transport infrastructure. We are excited to establish a new vision for a site that has such high potential to benefit residents and businesses.

A range of public sector organisations including the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, City of London Corporation and London Legacy Development Corporation are supporting this project.

Fiona on the judging panel for AJ Small Projects Award

Fiona will be on the judging panel for this year’s Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award, alongside Pedro Gil, Selina Mason and Martin Edwards. The AJ Small Projects Award celebrates completed projects with a contract value of £299,000 and under.

Since its launch in 1996, the intention of the award has remained the same: From home extensions to restaurants, offices to shops, architects all over the country are busy working on projects that may not make the headlines but nevertheless give a real indication of the design talent in Britain today.

Strategic and sustainable vision for the OPDC

We are delighted to work with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to deliver a strategic and sustainable vision for this key area of London’s future development. AJ have published an article about the local plan which you can read here.

Fiona speaking at Urban Depth & Autonomy workshop

Fiona Scott will be speaking at ‘Urban Depth & Autonomy Workshops: City Depth’ on Thursday 11th February.

Hosted by Art, Architecture and Design Research at the London Metropolitan University, this is the third in a series of four interdisciplinary workshops asking how the built environment shapes our capacity to exercise autonomy in cities.

The workshops explore the nature of spatial order, and the relationship between people and their environments from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. The aim is to establish common ground; understand the nature and breadth of existing research into spatial ordering; define shared concepts and to begin to explore conceptual and normative issues around architecture and urban design.

Fiona will speak alongside Birgit Hausleitner, Nicola Bacon and Francesca Froy.

Click here for details.

Pudding Mill Lane development in AJ

Great to see high-quality design by Gort Scott, 5th Studio, Mikhail Riches and RCKa architects promoted the current phases of Olympic fringe development, which focus on affordable housing and sustainable mixed-use urbanism between Stratford high street and Olympic park.

Link to the AJ article here.

Pudding Mill Lane Square

Forest Road given the green light

Waltham Forest Council have given our Forest Road project the green light. The scheme for Pocket Living will provide 90 one-bed flats, on a site formerly occupied by a care home.

High-quality considered public realm is key for this development, to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for all residents and successfully integrated. The residential block will provide 100% affordable housing, eight apartments of which are wheelchair adaptable, with communal external landscaping.

Precast curved concrete elements respond to the William Morris Gallery opposite and help to articulate the massing. A wall piece, on a section of the façade, has been designed by a local artist and responds to the area’s Arts and Crafts heritage.

A masterplan for Oxford’s Grade II-listed Covered Market

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed by Oxford City Council to develop a masterplan for the Grade II-listed Covered Market, an important historic structure in the city centre.

The masterplan will set out how the market, first opened in 1774, could be regenerated and improved. We are looking to promote participation and inclusivity, encouraging more people to spend time in the market in the daytime and evening. We will be making the market more visible and attractive from the street, while exploring approaches to incubate new uses, businesses and activities. The market will become a model for sustainability, streamlining and future-proofing public services and market servicing.

RE—SET—GO mentoring and CV surgery sessions

RE—SET—GO make space for excluded voices and pilot ways to build more progressive and representative architectural communities.

You can now book free 1-to-1 mentoring and ‘CV Surgery’ sessions with London Practice Forum architecture practices, including Gort Scott. You must live in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark or Wandsworth to take part.

Click on this link for all the details.

Immersive scenography for Epic Iran at the V&A

We have designed an immersive scenography for the Epic Iran exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Based on the idea of ‘The Exhibition as City’, the show covers 5000 years of history set within ten unique spaces.

Looking forward to seeing the museum reopening soon!

Click here to book tickets.

Our work featured in Design for London

With introductions from former London mayor Ken Livingstone and his then architectural advisor Richard Rogers, this book by Peter Bishop and Lesley Williams discusses the impact of the Design for London team Livingstone and Rogers pioneered in 2006. Many projects that have been so influential to our practice, including some of our own, are featured, providing insight on London’s ongoing transformation.

Find out more about the book here

The Rock on the cover of House & Garden

‘On a rocky outcrop in the mountains of British Colombia in Canada, the London-based architectural firm Gort Scott has crafted a house in concrete, timber and glass that responds to its spectacular surroundings’ writes David Nicholls, Deputy Editor of House & Garden.

We are thrilled to be the cover feature of House & Garden magazine’s Christmas edition.

Read more about The Rock

Link to House & Garden

Arnhem Drive submitted for planning

We’re pleased to report that our project at Arnhem Drive for Croydon housing provider Brick By Brick has been submitted for planning. The scheme adds 56 homes across two new buildings to enhance an existing estate in the New Addington area with public realm and landscaping improvements reinforcing connections between the estate and adjacent park.

By adopting a low-energy approach, the scheme also adheres to sustainability principles set out in the One Planet Living framework by South London charity Bioregional.

Read more at the Architects’ Journal.

View from Milne Park with our new buildings adding to the skyline.

Gort Scott is proud to sponsor Open City’s Accelerate

We are excited to be involved in this pioneering programme to increase diversity in built environment professions.

Accelerate was developed and established by Open City, in partnership with The Bartlett, UCL. Over the last decade, hundreds of students have taken part in the programme, with 70% of Accelerate participants securing conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at university.

Click here to find out more.

Planning permission secured for St Catharine’s College

The proposal centres on the remodelling of the Dining Hall, with new lantern skylight, to reinstate the Hall as the centrepiece of the site. A new atrium and Garden Room to Chapel Court will connect key spaces including the refurbished Sherlock Library and Rare Books Collection.

Design gestures reference the College’s rich history, including a new Gallery to the Hall that borrows from the site’s past architecture. New red stonework unites the Grade-I listed 17thC Court and 1960’s McGrath Centre, strengthening coherence and identity across the campus.

Team trip to visit St Hilda’s College

Today, we’re at St Hilda’s College! This is the first time some members of the practice have seen the project on site, and it’s looking fantastic in the August sunshine.

London’s high streets: life has never been normal

What does ‘normal’ look like anyway for London’s diverse and ever-evolving high streets? Fiona writes for the NLA, speculating on the future of high streets and the opportunities and challenges that may come in defending urban life.

Reflecting on our recent High Streets Adaptive Strategies research project in partnership with the GLA, Fiona observes how strategies explored in the research have incidentally been catalysed in the unprecedented circumstances of 2020. It is important to use this period to reflect on the consequences of the pandemic – to identify where we have and can continue to make changes in relation to home working, transport and healthier streets. It is vital not to forget the value that comes from community, physical proximity and inhabiting public spaces – it is more important than ever to defend models of urban life when looking towards a sustainable future.

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‘Cut red tape to save the high street’

‘More flexibility and moving more easily between use classes, as well as mixing use classes and incorporating multiple uses within the same property will be crucial.’ Read Fiona’s contribution to the Architect’s Journal feature on high streets adaptability.

An empty high street retail unit.

Congratulations to Olly Carter and Studio 7 at London Met

Our Architectural Assistant Olly Carter and Studio 7, London Met School of Architecture have won the Sustainable Project award, AJ Small Projects 2020, for the CASS Studio at Margent Farm, an industrial hemp farm outside Huntingdon practising regenerative farming methods.

Congratulations Studio 7 and to studio leaders David Grandorge and Paloma Gormley!

Photography credit to David Grandorge.

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End elevation of CASS Studio by Studio 7, London Met

How flexible thinking can sustain high streets

Following the launch of our High Streets and Town Centres - Adaptive Strategies publication, part of the GLA’s Good Growth By Design programme, Fiona writes in Building Design about how the most successful high streets are those that look beyond a narrow retail focus and move towards a diverse range of social, economic and cultural uses.

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‘High Streets & Town Centres’ at City Hall

Today we launched our latest research document for the Mayor of London: High Streets and Town Centres - Adaptive Strategies, part of the Good Growth by Design programme.

The document has been a collaboration between Gort Scott, Hatch Regeneris and We Made That, and a number of London’s boroughs and partners across the capital.

It gives guidance that emphasises the public value of high streets and town centres, showcases the innovative work taking place to adapt them, and provides the necessary support for boroughs, developers, landowners and civic society groups across the capital to engage in London’s high streets and respond to the many local and global challenges they face. It makes clear that the future lies in collaboration and mission-orientated innovation.

Our new studio featured in AJ

As champions of retrofitting in architecture we are proud to demonstrate what can be achieved through creative reuse. Today more than ever it is crucial we approach construction differently and reuse where we can. As a result, we have an inspiring studio space that is both forward-thinking and deeply embedded in the industrial history of the area.

Watch Jim Stephenson’s film or read the AJ In Practice feature about our project 55 Leroy Street.