Gort Scott Architects has won planning permission for a 21-home mixed-use regeneration of a problem spot in north-east London
Waltham Forest councillors last week approved the practice’s proposals for a service yard next to its award-winning renovation of the 1960s Central Parade in Walthamstow.
The latest scheme involves knocking down garages at the back of the refurbished Grade II-listed building and replacing them with a five-storey housing block.
This will include commercial units at ground level that Gort Scott said would provide passive surveillance over an area currently encouraging anti-social behaviour.
A mews-style courtyard will be created as part of efforts to bring the public space into positive use. Meanwhile, empty office space within Central Parade will be converted into two further homes.
Ten of the residential units will be affordable, representing 55 per cent by habitable room.
Planning officers praised a ‘high-quality and sustainable’ development that showed ‘proper regard to scale, height and massing’.
Gort Scott’s renovation of Central Parade, which created co-working, creative and retail spaces, won the Mayor’s Prize in the 2017 New London Architecture Awards.
The practice said the cranked façade of the new housing block would ‘create a feeling of openness within the mews’ and its landscaping and urban design approach would ‘allow for enjoyable resident interactions’.
Gort Scott said it had embraced the Festival of Britain style used throughout the original Central Parade building. The material palette of red-brown brick and pigmented concrete would further establish a visual connection, it added.
‘Similarly, the architectural heritage of the site will be enhanced by the approach to form and detailing. For example, the inset balconies and use of repeated arched forms at upper levels will resemble the graphic architectural style of Central Parade.’
Project Central Parade service yard
Architect Gort Scott
Client London Borough of Waltham Forest
Site area 2,730m² (Including existing Central Parade)
Gross internal area 1,757m²
Structural and civil engineer Stantec
Environmental and services Stantec
Planning consultant AZ Urban Studio
Quantity surveyor Oxbury
Building control London Borough of Waltham Forest
Landscape architect JCLA
Daylight/sunlight assessment Delva Patman Redler
Fire consultant Lawrence Webster
Form of contract Design & Build
Gort Scott Central Parade service yard scheme - site sketch