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Gort Scott's post-riot hub completes

Gort Scott Architects has completed a new community hub in a disused yard next to council offices in Tottenham, which were burned out during the 2011 riots

The scheme is the first in Haringey to have been delivered with backing from the London mayor Boris Johnson’s targeted post-riot regeneration fund and is part of a wider programme overseen by the borough with the GLA’s Design for London team.

Built for less than £160,000 in just five weeks, the scheme features a 60m2 modular building by prefabrication experts Qube that sits at the rear of the 200m2 timber-lined ‘outdoor room’.

A teal-coloured ‘folly’ structure wraps around an existing tree at the front of the site.

Practice co-founder Jay Gort said: ‘[This folly] protrudes into the space of the high street, acting as both a signpost and generously scaled portico to the space beyond.’

The project marks the first stage in the long-term transformation of the 639 Tottenham High Road site into an enterprise and employment centre. The badly damaged Edwardian office building next door is being renovated and overhauled by Sergison Bates.

The site before Gort Scott's community hub - with the Sergison Bates overhaul on the left

The site before Gort Scott’s community hub - with the Sergison Bates overhaul on the left

Emerging outfit Gort Scott is among a clutch of British practices who will be exhibiting at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Patrick Lynch, Farshid Moussavi and Caruso St John are also among the names who will support David Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme – looking at the collaborative work of architects in shaping cities.

Readers' comments (1)

  • It's nice to know what this is called. Although I haven't a clue what a Community Hub will do or how it's supposed to work.

    Maybe somebody at Gort Scott will tell me and other local residents what the architects' brief was.

    As one of the local councillors for the ward on the opposite side of the High Road to 639, local residents have asked me what's going on. I've had to explain that in Tottenham people do things *to* us and not with us.

    Having said which, this hub - whatever it is - looks attractive and interesting. So I'm looking forward to having the puzzle solved.

    Alan Stanton
    Tottenham Hale ward councillor
    London Borough of Haringey

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