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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.

Unity Place receives a RIBA London Award 2024

We are delighted that Unity Place has picked up a RIBA London Award 2024. On Friday we attended the awards ceremony alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Alison Brooks Architects, our collaborators on the 100% affordable housing scheme in Brent.

“This project shows how it is possible to provide high-quality, sustainable and affordable housing, embodying the local council’s commitment to elevating the standard of living for its social residents. Through community engagement, careful planning, selection of materials and, importantly, a willingness of the three architectural practices to share a common ambition, language, and goals, Unity Place has set a benchmark for future residential developments.” RIBA Regional Jury

Read the award announcement at RIBAJ.com.

Director Fiona Scott joining the judging panel for AJ Small Projects 2024

Director Fiona Scott has been invited to join the judging panel for AJ Small Projects 2024. Now in its 29th year, the awards aim to give much-deserved recognition to schemes realised at a more modest cost (contract value of £350,000 and under).

Architects all over the country are working on projects that may not make headlines but nevertheless provide a real indication of the depth of design talent across the UK today. All the projects entered for the award will be featured in the AJ Buildings Library with the 20 shortlisted projects published in the AJ in April 2024.

The panel of judges will select a winner after reviewing the shortlisted entries, due to be presented on Wednesday 1st May at Hawkins\Browns’s Clerkenwell office.

Gort Scott attending UKREiiF 2024

Gort Scott’s founding directors Fiona Scott and Jay Gort will be in Leeds next month for UKREiiF. If you would like to get in touch and meet while you’re there, please contact them directly.

UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) is held May 21st – 23rd 2024.

Gort Scott is now a Certified B Corporation

Gort Scott is now a Certified B Corporation. This is a major milestone for the practice and we are very proud of the whole team and what this signifies. It marks a significant point in our trajectory, with a focus on impact and accountability.

As a B Corp architecture practice, we’re part of a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.

The journey to accreditation has involved a great deal of work, and has given us the opportunity to examine all our processes, inputs and outputs - but most of all how our values translate into actions.

We are particularly proud to have scored well in the B Corp impact areas of ‘Environment’ and ‘Community’. Despite this, being a B Corp isn’t about scoring highest, it’s about continuous improvement and this is just the beginning of our B Corp journey. We are looking forward to sharing what we’ve learnt through the process of auditing and self-reflection, along with our aspirations and goals for the future.

This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our team, as well as the support of our clients, collaborators, and friends. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.

View our company profile and assessment on the B Corp website.

More soon!

Three projects shortlisted for The Pineapples Awards 2024

We are very pleased to be shortlisted for The Pineapples Awards 2024 for a total of three projects. Our work has been recognised in several categories, for a range of projects spanning retrofit, culture, heritage and workplace.

In the running for a ‘golden pineapple’ are:

  • 3 Mills Studios, a retrofit project creating workspace for film and TV production - Shortlisted for Creative Retrofit.
  • Oxford North, Oxford, a new science and technology district - Shortlisted for Future Place.
  • Unity Place, an affordable housing scheme for the London Borough of Brent - Shortlisted for Place of the Year.

The Pineapples Awards are unique in seeking to celebrate great places where people want to live, work, play, shop or learn. Live judging will take place as part of the Festival of Pineapples, 16-18 April.

Highlighting female-centred architecture during Women’s History Month

The recognition of women’s contributions to architecture as a craft, a profession, an industry has evolved fast in the last 50 years but there’s a long way to go.

For Women’s History Month the Gort Scott team have developed a mapping project, inspired by ‘Women’s Work: London’ the excellent feminist mapping initiative by Part W. The campaign - launched in 2022 - sought to address the huge gap in how projects by women are so often missed off digital and printed maps and in archives.

Part W’s beautifully drawn and annotated map is displayed in our Bermondsey office this month, and each member of the Gort Scott team has nominated 1 female-centered project to build on the existing map. ‘Women’s Work: London’ highlights built projects in Greater London where a woman or women have played a pivotal role in its design development, conservation, commissioning or construction.

The map seeks to proactively celebrate the intersectional work of those who self-identify as women from all backgrounds. These women could be architects, engineers, place-makers, designers, commissioners, conservationists, landscape architects, activists, community groups, citizens, etc.

The Gort Scott team presented their nominations during a PechaKucha-style event in the office.

Thank you to Part W – the map has served as a perfect catalyst for new research and conversations during Women’s History Month!

View Part W’s project ‘Women’s Work: London’ here.

Gort Scott attends the opening ceremony for Forest Road 100% affordable housing project

Today we celebrated the completion of Forest Road, with an opening ceremony hosted by Pocket Living and Legendre UK. The Deputy Mayor for London Housing, Tom Copley and Leader of Waltham Forest, Cllr Grace Williams also joined the speeches, which took place with panoramic views of Walthamstow, from the Forest Road roof terrace.

Located in the heart of Walthamstow E17, Forest Road will deliver 90 one-bedroom discounted homes for local first time buyers. The new Pocket Living homes are on a prominent site opposite Lloyd Park and the William Morris Gallery — the Grade II* listed former home of the Arts and Crafts activist.

We’re looking forward to sharing professional photography of the project very soon.

RIBA Future Architects Mentoring Site Visit

Last week Gort Scott organised a walking tour of several projects for the RIBA Future Mentoring students in Waltham Forest, London. The tour covered the projects Central Parade (Phase 1 and Phase 2), Fellowship Square, Waltham Forest Town Hall and two Pocket Living projects: Forest Road and Gainsford Road.

Gort Scott has built up an intimate understanding of Waltham Forest, having been involved in many aspects of the Borough’s development since 2009, beginning with the Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan and continuing with major regeneration of the Town Hall Campus. The Pocket Living scheme at Gainsford Road was shortlisted for an AJ Award (Housing) and Waltham Forest Design Award in 2021.

Sela-Jaymes Taylor shortlisted for The MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice

Congratulations to Sela-Jaymes Taylor, shortlisted for The MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice!

Sela is nominated for her work on Three Mills Studios. An experienced architect and conservation specialist, Sela joined Gort Scott as Associate in 2021. She also leads our Heritage and Retrofit Knowledge Group.

The W Awards, run in association with the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal celebrate exemplary work by women and non-binary people, as well as research in the fields of gender and architecture. Read about the four shortlisted architects and their projects via Architects’ Journal.

Sela is pictured here in the Gin Still at Three Mills Studios.

Unity Place shortlisted for a RIBA London Award 2024

The RIBA London Awards shortlist has been announced and we’re happy to see Unity Place selected as one of 76 exemplary schemes in the city.

Unity Place is a social housing scheme delivered in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Alison Brooks Architects. It is the latest phase of Brent Council’s twenty-year South Kilburn Regeneration Programme. Completed in 2022, the development provides 235 bright and spacious homes in a cluster of contemporary mansion blocks arranged around planted courtyards. Alongside 100% affordable homes for local residents, the scheme incorporates an estate-wide energy centre, a publicly accessible play space and a community hub.

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

We are delighted that St Catharine’s College Cambridge has been shortlisted for RIBA East Awards 2024. St Catharine’s is one of 17 projects selected from across the region. All projects shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards will be visited by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring.

This major redevelopment project for St Catharine’s College included a new Hall at the heart of a series of transformed social spaces, alongside improvements to accessibility and circulation across facilities at the centre of the College’s historical estate. Read more on the St Catharine’s College project page.

Gateway West achieves a BREEAM rating of Outstanding

‘Outstanding’ is the highest level of certification on the BREEAM scale, the world’s foremost environmental assessment method.

Gateway West is a new workspace building located in the heart of White City Place, West London’s new media, technology and creative industries hub. Read more about Gateway West here, including details of the fantastic team who contributed to this achievement!

The project team set out to make an environmentally pioneering building, driven by passive design concepts and long-life loose-fit design principles, aspiring to simultaneously enhance the immediate urban and natural environment, reduce whole life carbon and improve occupant wellbeing.

Listed Building and Planning consent granted for 131 Gloucester Terrace

131 Gloucester Terrace is situated within a long row of Victorian mid-19th Century terraced houses in Paddington, West London. Our proposals for this sensitive refurbishment will bring a currently unoccupied building into beneficial use, providing affordable housing for rent in addition to larger family-sized units, in-line with local planning policy.

Historically, the building has been used for both office and residential accommodation and split into separate flats in the 1990s. Refurbishment of the Grade II listed building involves strategic spatial re-ordering coupled with the protection and restoration of historic features.

Read more about 131 Gloucester Terrace on the project page.