Southall Park Avenue

Housing-led masterplan with commercial space and permeable public courtyards

Gort Scott were appointed to carry out this project in 2020, after delivering a capacity study for the site in 2019. We are the lead consultant in an award-winning team with collaborating architects Maccreanor Lavington.

The development aims to deliver at least 50% affordable housing provision to address local demands with exemplary sustainability credentials. Southall is an area that reflects the multicultural makeup of London, undergoing dramatic change with a new Crossrail station, making its location strategically important with proximity to Heathrow and rapid access to Central London.

This residential-led masterplan will provide 600 units with ground floor commercial space and a series of permeable public courtyards between the staggered towers. The masterplan combines two land parcels as a joint venture — one site is owned by LB Ealing and another by Paragon Asra (PA Housing).

Upon appointment we worked with the clients to define the brief and address issues at ITT stage including undefined unit mix, dual landownership and phasing strategy. Careful design and open consultation negotiates issues such as existing church retained on-site.

A four-storey shoulder to Park Avenue is maintained to respect a low-rise existing context, with larger family homes concentrated on the lower levels of all buildings close to external amenities. 3-bed apartment layouts have been designed flexibly so that it is possible to reconfigure doors from the entrance hall to form a 2-bed apartment with a separate self-contained studio.

Although not a requirement, we are using BIM modelling for rapid generation of data sets, including quantum and tenure mix, throughout the design process for clear communication with the client groups. Designing for phased decant and construction ensures minimal disruption and relocation for existing residents on site.

Further information

Data

Location
Ealing
Project type
Homes and mixed-use
Status
In progress

Credits

Clients
Paragon Asra, Gleeds, London Borough of Ealing
Gort Scott Team
Jay Gort, Fiona Scott, Susie Hyden, Pamela Snow, Andrew Tam
Collaborators
Maccreanor Lavington (collaborating architects)

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