• Christine Goldsmith 1972-2021

    Christine Goldsmith 1972-2021

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Christine Goldsmith our co-director, colleague and dear friend passed away on Saturday 18th September 2021. Christine has been a vital and highly valued member of the GSA team for 25 years. Her passion for socially conscious placemaking was reflected in her collaborative approach to design.

    Christine was highly regarded by colleagues and clients as a considerate and compassionate leader. She was an inspiration and wise mentor to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. This has been an enormous shock to us all and we extend our sympathies to her family at this devastating time.

    September 2021

  • Progress on site at Addiscombe Road

    Progress on site at Addiscombe Road

    Click the link for an update of progress on site at 30-38 Addiscombe Road. It is an apartment complex sited in the dynamic and rapidly growing area immediately around East Croydon Station

    It comprises of 137 homes for L&Q, in an 8-storey mansion block addressing the street, with a setback 18-storey tower element to the south-west.

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    August 2021

  • Planning Approvals at Chilton Woods

    Planning Approvals at Chilton Woods

    We have just received approval for the Design Code and the RMA for the 1st phase of 200 homes at Chilton Woods for Taylor Wimpey. Chilton Woods is a new mixed-use development to the NE of the historic market town of Sudbury, delivering 1150 homes, a new school and Village Centre.

    Key aspects of the Design Code that will be incorporated into all future development here include a landscape led approach, distinctive characterful places, ecological benefits, social recreational spaces and an interconnected network of walking and cycling connections. These will secure an inviting, safe, sustainable and high-quality environment.

    August 2021

  • Beauchamp Park - Exploring Architectural Heritage

    Beauchamp Park - Exploring Architectural Heritage

    Our client L&Q, have commissioned a series of short films about the design and construction of 450 new homes at Beauchamp Park, Warwick.

    We were happy to help document the process. Director Christine Goldsmith took a look at the rich architectural heritage that inspired the designs.

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    August 2021

  • We Are Open For Business!

    We Are Open For Business!

    During the special measures to manage COVID-19, the practice is not closed. We are still open for business and we’d love to hear from you about your forthcoming projects – please do get in touch.

    Following government advice, most of our team are working remotely. You can still contact us, please call 0207 620 6255 or email

    July 2021

  • We Are Recruiting

    We Are Recruiting

    Maserplanners & Passivhaus Designers : Mixed-use + residential, urban, high-density projects. Residential led masterplanning, urban + housing projects. Experience in Passivhaus new + retro-fit projects. Ability to drive projects forward collaboratively.

    Experience across all stages welcomed. Should have excellent communication graphical skills. ARCHICAD / VECTORWORKS / Other BIM experience welcomed. Ideally London Based. PLEASE SEND CV + PORTFOLIO TO:

    July 2021

  • Beauchamp Park Story

    Beauchamp Park Story

    We enjoyed helping L&Q with the content for their film about Beauchamp Park, near Warwick and Leamington Spa. The filming is only one element of the process. The big editing process now begins. But we look forward to seeing the finished article!

    Beauchamp Park combines the modern high-performance, factory controlled-quality of L&Q’s timber panel homes with high quality townscape, extending the romantic setting of Warwick Castle’s parkland into the heart of the new neighbourhood. The new homes, part of the garden suburb plan for Warwick, are set in a high quality biodiverse landscape.

    April 2021

  • Our New Studio

    Our New Studio

    The arrival of Spring brings a new chapter for GSA. We are excited to move into our new offices at The Leather Market, near London Bridge. It’s only a short distance away from our former base at Waterloo. We are looking forward to exploring our new neighbourhood - a district that many of us already know – our previous office was here.

    It will be interesting to see those things that have changed, and those that haven’t. In the meantime we are still providing our full range of architectural services remotely. We’re really looking forward to a return to office working!

    March 2021

  • Progress at Royal Hill Park

    Progress at Royal Hill Park

    It’s great to see work progressing at Royal Hill Park, Redhill (image credit Countryside). This joint venture between RNIB and Countryside delivers high-quality bespoke contemporary homes on a beautiful south facing site in Surrey.

    The scheme delivers an attractive, inclusive environment that is accessible for all. Homes are designed to be bright and encourage indoor / outdoor living, which in turn promotes health.

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    March 2021

  • Addiscombe Road Starts To Take Shape

    Addiscombe Road Starts To Take Shape

    Works are progressing well at our scheme in Croydon on behalf of L&Q. Today P Colohan & Co. Ltd poured the next section of the first floor slab.

    (photo credits – P. Colohan)

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    February 2021

  • MHCLG’s National Model Design Code

    MHCLG’s National Model Design Code

    MHCLG’s National Model Design Code has been published to provide detailed guidance on the production of design codes, guides and policies to promote successful design. It expands on the 10 characteristics of good design set out in the National Design Guide.

    We were delighted to see our design for the housing at Beaulieu Chase, Chelmsford, used as an illustration on page 37. (image credit Countryside). We are currently working on Design Codes for a number of developments in Southern and Eastern England.

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    February 2021

  • Estate Regeneration: Learning from the Past, Housing Communities of the Future

    Estate Regeneration: Learning from the Past, Housing Communities of the Future

    Estate Regeneration: Learning from the Past, Housing Communities of the Future by Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel analyses estate regeneration from the 1990s to the present to inform the housing estate of the future whilst taking into consideration the impact of pandemics and changing family structure on future designs.

    We have contributed towards the chapter on Park Central, Birmingham – our award-winning design, which we enjoyed working on for more than a decade, to positively transform the neighbourhood.

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    February 2021

  • Planning Approval at Fobbing

    Planning Approval at Fobbing

    We have just received planning approval for our design for 168 new homes on the site of the former Vange Water Works in Fobbing near Basildon, Essex. The scheme for Bellway Homes will mark a new chapter for the site, currently used for commercial storage.

    The design will sensitively integrate new homes within a green and wooded setting. An existing pond and water channels are being retained and enhanced to encourage biodiversity – creating a distinctive scheme with a unique sense of place.

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    January 2021

  • Walkable Neighbourhoods in Chelmsford

    Walkable Neighbourhoods in Chelmsford

    Last weekend there was a Sunday Times article about an innovative idea to reduce car use. The article examines proposals for driverless cars in Chelmsford Garden Village, Essex. It is one of a number of measures that could help to reduce the impact and dominance of cars on the built environment in the future.

    The article was illustrated with Beaulieu Chase. This scheme has compatible aspirations, but uses more familiar measures. Here we created a ‘walkable neighbourhood’ with attractive pedestrian and cycle routes, through high quality open spaces. And a successful neighbourhood centre with a wide range of facilities delivered from the outset.

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    January 2021