Charles Bettes shares his thoughts on alternative routes into the profession of architecture in Building Design.
ARB’s proposed education reforms offer the perfect opportunity to reimagine the profession, writes Charles Bettes Full article: www.bdonline.co.uk/opinion/we-must-seize-this-opportunity-to-reform-the-profession The traditional three-part route to qualifying as an architect in the UK is outdated and exclusive. It doesn’t cater for those who can’t afford it or who learn in different ways; it hasn’t done enough to encourage […]
GPAD gets the green light for nine contemporary family homes built of a brownfield site in Croydon
The site on Birchanger Road is located south of Norwood Junction station and is flanked by residential plots on the east, west and north sides, and is screened by many trees and shrubbery. The pedestrianised lane has been designed to be multifunctional allowing children across all age ranges to play and socialise with other residents […]
12th April 2023 | News
GPAD joins Notting Hill Genesis Development Framework
We’re delighted to announce that GPAD has been selected to be on the Notting Hill Genesis development framework. The framework will support NHG to deliver high-quality homes in vibrant, successful places, with a focus on creating thriving communities. GPAD is in small/specialist works which will deliver projects such as small new-build sites, refurbishments, and commercial fit […]
16th December 2022 | News
White Lion Street Shortlisted for an FX Award
White Lion Street has been shortlisted for an FX award in the UK Workplace Environment, any size category. The intention for this scheme was to create highly sustainable commercial building which improves the street scene and creates a desirable place to work. The design has a refined exposed aesthetic and introduces a contemporary identity through […]
12th October 2022 | Awards
Build The Way 2.0
Build The Way is an architectural internship for young people who are passionate about architecture and design. The programme is a collaboration with POoR Collective. Architecture should not be defined by wealth or social class. Currently, a career in architecture largely relies on being able to afford university. The cost of becoming a fully qualified […]
5th October 2022 | News
Harrow Road shortlisted for a British Homes Award 2022
We are pleased to announce that our housing scheme on Harrow Road, Settle, has been shortlisted for a British Homes Award in the Development of the Year (up to 20 Homes) category. This project is all about the quality of architecture and homes through a variety of methods including the use of protruding windows and […]
13th July 2022 | News
GPAD completes Vienna House in Birmingham
Vienna House underwent a refurbishment and extension to inject personality and create characterful offices. The scope of work included improvements to the reception area and the open-plan office floor plates which have been upgraded with a contemporary, warm interior fit-out and increased floor to ceiling heights. A new build cycle pavilion element has been added […]
14th April 2022 | News
Tailor’s Corner is a finalist for a BCO Award 2022
Tailors Corner is a finalist for the British Council for Offices Awards in the Recycled/Refurbished Workplace category. What a great start to the year, well done to the project team. The design for Tailor’s Corner includes a complete refurbishment of the façade, including the reinstatement of a traditional shop front more in keeping with the original age […]
27th January 2022 | Awards
16 Eastcheap shortlisted in the AJ Retrofit Awards 2022
We are pleased to announce that our recent refurbishment of 16 Eastcheap has been shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award in the workplace £5million – £10million category. Situated in the City of London, the original building is extremely robust and with having had several different iterations, the team felt it was imperative to keep the […]
10th January 2022 | Awards
Adding value to office design through roof terraces; featured in OnOffice
Due to recent circumstances the necessity for outdoor space has never been more important, not only due to the pandemic but also the general move towards improving mental and physical wellbeing within the workplace. With the average person spending 30% of their life working and the move back to office environments commencing, outdoor office space […]
24th September 2021 | Press, News
Tailor’s Corner video featured in Estates Gazette, The Future of Leeds
GPAD are pleased to share Estate Gazette’s latest video on The Future of Leeds. The half an hour video features projects across the city discusses Leeds can emerge from the pandemic and aim to be the best city in the UK. From 21 minutes onwards the video is shot from the new roof terrace at […]
21st July 2021 | News
130 Old Street, London receives planning
GPAD have secured planning permission for 130 Old Street, an existing office building in which they are currently one of the tenants. The refurbishment and extension of the existing building will deliver high quality office space as well as on site affordable workspace. The retrofit project will see the retention of the existing concrete structure, […]
1st June 2021 | News
Build The Way Internship with POor Collective
GPAD has partnered with POor Collective to offer an internship for those interested in architecture and design. Working in the GPAD office, the successful candidate will be supported by a GPAD architect and assigned a mentor from POoR. — Over 12 months internship, you will learn the fundamentals of architecture, how to communicate your thoughts, […]
18th May 2021 | News
Reflecting on 2020
For all of us, 2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory. Since the first lockdown hit in March, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of living and working; often, finding it hard to avoid blending the two too greatly. At the same time, changing ways of working have opened […]
1st February 2021 | News
Looking back at 2020
As this year like no other in recent memory draws to a close, we look back to twelve of the key moments that took place in the world of GPAD, and how the skill and determination of our fantastic team continued to deliver despite the upheaval borne on us all by Covid.
16th December 2020 | News
Victoria Street, Bristol receives planning
We are thrilled to announce that our plans for the refurbishment of 10 – 22 Victoria Street in Bristol have received planning permission.
27th November 2020 | News
Launch of Zero Carbon London Report
GPAD are excited to have our White Lion Street project featured in the NLA Zero Carbon London report, which launched on 11 November.
11th November 2020 | Press, News
Welcome to our new look
We are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new brand identity including a new logo and website. Underpinning the new brand is a refined ethos that puts our commitment to quality design, collaboration and understanding at the forefront.
2nd November 2020 | News
Thank you Chris!
We would like to announce that GPAD’s Chairman and founder, Chris Ploutarhou, is retiring. Chris started GPAD in 2002 and has been a pioneer in the practice’s ethos of a people focused approach, responsible for many of the friendships that GPAD has established with clients and partners.
14th October 2020 | News
Green Lanes progress
We’re making progress on our Green Lanes project, which will see the refurbishment and extension of a historic locally listed public house in Haringey. The original building will provide nine flats, with a new building at the rear providing an additional six homes.
30th June 2020 | News
GPAD has been selected for the Southwark Council Design framework
GPAD is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a place on Southwark Council’s Architectural Design Services Framework.
26th May 2020 | News
Kingsway Place transformed into elegant new home
Our refurbishment of Kingsway Place in Clerkenwell, London has completed. Originally the cookery and laundry teaching facility of a nearby Victorian school, the building had been converted into two flats, which we have connected to form one spacious house.
20th April 2020 | News
Clerkenwell Green receives planning approval
GPAD’s proposal for the redevelopment of 2-7 Clerkenwell Green, Islington has received planning permission. Our design is for a contemporary warehouse with a brick frontage and copper-clad mansard roof, sensitive to the conservation area.
5th March 2020 | News
The Architect’s Journal RetroFirst campaign
GPAD have joined the ranks as one of the backers of the AJ RetroFirst campaign.
2nd January 2020 | News
Eastcheap gains planning permission
GPAD and client Tellon Capital have secured planning permission to progress with the rooftop extension and refurbishment of 16-18 Eastcheap, a late Victorian building in the heart of the City of London’s insurance district.
19th December 2019 | News
GPAD appointed for feasibility brief from City of London
We have been appointed by the City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile, to prepare a feasibility study for a business campus in the Shoreditch/City Fringe area on a site comprising 11 buildings.
8th October 2019 | News
David Walker joins GPAD as Associate Director
We are delighted to welcome to our team newly appointed Associate Director David Walker.
4th September 2019 | News
Tabernacle Street shortlisted in the AJ Retrofit Awards
Tabernacle Street has been shortlisted in the Offices under 2,000 sqm category of the AJ Retrofit Awards.
Wittering House shortlisted in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards
We are excited to announce that Wittering House has been shortlisted in the Small House of the Year category of The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.
4th July 2019 | Press, Awards, News
Wittering House shortlisted in New London Awards
Wittering House has been shortlisted in the Homes category of New London Awards.
Wittering House and Northchurch Road feature in FX’s article on compact living. Key to both projects was minimising circulation space and maximising light, complemented with materials reflecting the small scale.
Thought for Tomorrow
Our Managing Director Charles wrote an article for Building on how technology will make the construction processes less error-prone
23rd November 2018 | Press
Charles Bettes promoted to Managing Director
We are delighted to announce that GPAD’s Charles Bettes has been promoted to Managing Director.
6th July 2018 | News
Crinan Street shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards
We delighted that Crinan Street be shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards in the Office under 2,000m2 category.
The Sunday Times paid a visit to Wittering House
The Sunday Times paid a visit to the home our MD Charles created on the 6x7m site
Wittering House secures top prize at Evening Standard New Home Awards
GPAD are pleased to announce that Wittering House has won the Best London Home at the prestigious Evening Standard New Homes 2018 Awards as well as the Grand Prix trophy.
Black Bull Yard and Wittering House shortlisted for the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards
Black Bull Yard and Wittering House have both been shortlisted for the 2018 London Evening Standard New Homes Award.
28th March 2018 | Awards, News
Old Street Roundabout competition
Our entry to a competition, run by Islington Council, for the regeneration of Old Street Roundabout was among the four winning proposals. Dezeen was one of many to report on the winning entries.
21st March 2018 | Press
GPAD beats tough competition to reach Old Street Roundabout final
GPAD is one of four to have its design chosen as a winning concept for the iconic Old Street roundabout redevelopment.
21st March 2018 | News
Planning consent secured for new commercial building in Islington
GPAD have secured planning approval for the development of a new high quality commercial building at 10-14 White Lion Street in Islington. When the 6,440sqm of office space development is completed it will provide a third of Islington’s annual new office space target.
1st February 2018 | News
Concordia Works takes home the National BCO Award
We are excited to announce that Concordia Works has won the 2017 BCO National Award in the Projects Up to 1,500m2 category, after its success in the same category for the regional awards.
5th October 2017 | Awards, News
Black Bull Yard shortlisted for FX International Interior Design Awards
We are delighted to announce that Black Bull Yard has been shortlisted for the 2017 FX International Interior Design Awards in the Mixed-Use Development category. The winners will be announced on 29 November.
20th September 2017 | Awards, News
Concordia Works wins a BCO Regional Award
Concordia Works has won the BCO North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland Regional Award for Projects Up to 1,500m2.