Gort Scott Architects and Allies and Morrison’s designs for Harrow Council’s new headquarters have been granted planning permission
The competition-winning collaborative scheme will create 9,362m² of new flexible open-plan offices and community space on the site of Peel House Car park in Wealdstone, north-west London.
The local authority has planned the new building, which will replace its ‘out-dated and costly’ civic centre on Station Road, as the ‘centrepiece’ of its £1.75 billion regeneration drive.
The studio, working with Allies and We Made That, was selected in 2016 from a shortlist which included Metropolitan Workshop, Henley Halebrown Rorrison and Karakusevic Carson Architects to design the Harrow Council-backed scheme.
The existing civic centre complex was designed by architect Eric Broughton and completed in 1972. It features several large council buildings alongside a library, car parks, and landscaping.
Harrow Council head of regeneration Tobias Goevert said: ‘We are excited to have emerging young practice Gort Scott in collaboration with Allies and Morrison lead our design team for this important project – and continue to appreciate their energy, enthusiasm and realistic optimism.’
Gort Scott director Jay Gort said: ‘From the competition onwards, we considered how the building can reinforce and add depth to Wealdstone High Street whilst also providing a befitting point of discontinuity in the streetscape.’
The project is expected to be completed by 2021.
Architects Gort Scott Architects and Allies and Morrison
Location Harrow & Wealdstone
Project Size 11,000m² GIA
Completion date Estimated 2021
Client London Borough of Harrow
Architect Gort Scott Architects & Allies and Morrison
Public realm We Made That
Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates
M&E engineer Peter Brett Associates
Planning consultant Graham Harrington
Quantity surveyor Faithful & Gould
Public engagement Daisy Froud