Pocket Living project was ‘inspired’ by William Morris School and local Warner homes

A Gort Scott-designed housing development in north-east London has won plaudits from client Pocket Living for the way it has integrated into the local streetscape.

The practice’s Gainsford Road scheme in Walthamstow delivers 45 one-bedroom homes in a four-storey building on the site of a former school to the north of the area’s famous market.

Gort Scott's Gainsford Road development in Walthamstow, designed for Pocket Living

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Gort Scott’s Gainsford Road development in Walthamstow, designed for Pocket Living

Gort Scott said the building’s T-shaped footprint stepped down to better integrate with neighbouring two-storey Warner terrace homes.

The practice said the neighbouring houses and the design of the former William Morris School had “not only informed the character of the project’s design, but its materiality”. That materiality includes fletton brick, precast coloured concrete, graphite powder-coated metalwork and bespoke hand glazed tiling.

Pocket Living head of design Angharad Palmer said the project – which forms part of a £26.4m housing pipeline agreed with then mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2013 – had met the firm’s requirements on all levels.

“Gort Scott translated our brief into a very successful development which fitted well within its context,” she said.

“The specification of good-value materials coupled with superior detailing created an interesting but budget-friendly building. The project overall met and exceeded our expectations.”

The scheme, which was aimed at first-time buyers and offered homes at up to 80% of market rates, was built by PDR Construction.

Gort Scott's Gainsford Road development in Walthamstow, designed for Pocket Living

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The living room of one of Gort Scott’s new Gainsford Road flats

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