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Gort Scott unwraps Walthamstow parade revamp

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Gort Scott has completed the refurbishment of Walthamstow’s 1960s Central Parade building 


The project has converted the parade building into a mixed-use hub providing 650m2 of space for the creative industries. 

The 1960s former office building now contains shops and co-working spaces alongside meeting rooms, studio units, an events space and a bakery and cafe. 

Walthamstow Central Parade by Gort Scott

Walthamstow Central Parade by Gort Scott

Source: Dirk Lindner

Architect’s view 

Walthamstow Central Parade provides stylish workspaces with varied facilities, enabling a range of creative industries and emerging enterprises to thrive in the area. 

We stripped back the linings of the outdated council one stop shop; the lowered ceilings, carpets, partitioned desks etc, to create a generous, robust hall like space. 

We also developed a range of bespoke furniture for the project and everything was delivered on a tight budget. 

Simultaneously, we ensured that the facades of this landmark building were sensitively updated to re-establish the buildings positive contribution to the streetscape. We worked closely with graphic designers Polimekanos to develop a graphic identity for the project which was inspired by the original decorative façade tiles 

Externally, we worked to respectfully upgrade and enhance the character of the existing building. Notably, the underside of the wave canopy has been painted a vibrant yellow, two new street entrances have been introduced and new signage highlights the change in use. Bicycle parking is also available. 

Walthamstow Central Parade by Gort Scott

Walthamstow Central Parade by Gort Scott

Source: Dirk Lindner

Project data

Architect Gort Scott
Location Walthamstow Central Parade, Walthamstow
Type of project mixed-use
Client London Borough of Waltham Forest
Funding London Borough of Waltham Forest and Greater London Authority
Tender date March 2016
Start on site April 2016
Contract duration 8 weeks
M&E/Sustainability consultant NPS
Quantity surveyor NPS
CDM coordinator MLM
Structural engineer NPS
Main contractor Bolt & Heeks

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