Wembley WCs London

Wembley WCs London

A competition winning design for new public conveniences on Empire Way in Wembley.

Client: London Borough of Brent
Project Status: Completed
Budget: £200,000

Gort Scott won the commission to design some new public conveniences on Empire Way in Wembley after an invited competition by Brent Council.  This is an unusual commission given the decline in provision of such services by local authorities.

The building is a small, freestanding pavilion that sits in a pedestrianised area outside Wembley Stadium. Standing over five metres tall, the building commands a presence at the high point of the surrounding topography. Each of the building’s sides is subtly differentiated in response to the specific contexts, whether a busy road or public space. The aim for the building is to form an elegant addition to the public realm and a sculptural object in the wider landscape. 

The base of the building is constructed from concrete that will stand up to the anticipated knocks and scrapes of heavy use. Above head-height the structure becomes a filigree metal screen, allowing light and ventilation without letting views in. The perforated water-cut screen further creates the effect of a glowing lantern during the evening.

Structural Engineer

Price and Myers

Services and sustainability consultants

Skelly and Couch


David Grandorge


Around the world in the top 10 toilets: The best places on earth to spend a penny, Mail Online, 24th April 2014
The World's 10 Best Public Toilets, Design Curial , 22nd April 2014
Golden public toilet by Gort Scott aims to "inspire confidence", Dezeen, 17th November 2013
Empire Way WCs by Gort Scott, Building Design, 4th May 2012


Dezeen article 17/11/2013

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