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Gort Scott wins planning for Harrow Council’s ‘centrepiece’ civic centre


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.

Harrow modeldevelopment

Harrow modeldevelopment

Project data

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 


Readers' comments (3)

  • What so special about it? Another plan box from Allies and Morrison.

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  • It would be interesting to know more about the '£1.75 billion regeneration drive', if this new development is to 'reinforce and add depth' to Wealdstone High Street, which is further over to the west and separated from the new offices by the mass of the Wealdstone Centre.
    There'll surely be far more visual impact from the higher east elevation, facing across the pedestrian-hostile road taking through traffic away from the High Street - to the low-rise suburbia beyond.

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  • David Harris

    Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing…

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