With an extensive portfolio of residential projects throughout London over more than a decade in architecture, we see Greater London as our backyard. Our clients have made us the London architects of choice: helping us transform the city’s architectural landscape house by house.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture. We take a considered approach to our clients’ desires, placing their aspirations for a new, architect-designed home at the forefront of our work. Our clients’ needs are the main drivers of our design process.
A highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each client’s unique lifestyle – and that understanding shows in our work. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell a story about each owner – not about the architects.
Our landmark project Scenario House, located in Stoke Newington, London, has been covered widely by the media. In 2018 it was shortlisted for several prestigious architecture awards – including the RIBA London Awards. The finished product demonstrates our successful customised approach to domestic architecture projects.
Architects London >> Your London project
Starting your London project
If you’re considering a residential project using architects, London-based, we’re here to help, whether it’s a renovation, extension or new-build home.
We created a brief illustrated overview to help you understand each stage of the process, whether you’re planning a home extension, renovation or new-build in or around London.
Most architecture projects in London require planning permission from the local council. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across the city at large.
To help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in and around London, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it just below.
This guide is suitable for anyone requiring consent from their local council to alter a home. It reviews the nuts and bolts of UK planning and strategies for successfully navigating it, based on our own extensive experience with the process.
Architects London >> Your London project & Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your London residential project
Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in and around London. Through our bespoke architecture service we tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior alterations to full renovations and new-builds.
Our friendly, experienced, highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your space. We’ll collaborate closely with you from the initial drawings, detail design and local planning through tender and construction to the successful completion of your project. And we’ll complete it on time and on budget.
Scenario is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects (RIBA), covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management systems.
Early adopters of the latest architectural technology, we use innovative 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard for all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.
We use 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so that all our project data derives from an accurate, coordinated 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time, stress and money.
This Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) case study, featuring a Scenario project, demonstrates the great benefits of advanced technology for domestic architecture.
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Architects London >> In our clients words
We wanted to renovate our house in a conservation area in central London. Given this involved a complete demolition and new build with an extra floor on top, getting planning approval was always going to be tricky. Scenario did an amazing job on the new house ‘envelope’ and throughout the planning phase. We couldn’t have wished for better from them and having succeeded in gaining planning approval owe them a very big ‘thank you’.
Scenario designed a kitchen extension for us, and we are delighted with the results. The process was well organised, planned and delivered, and the whole team were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for their design, planning and project management skills.
Worked with these guys on the internal development of our office. From start to finish they were great. They got what we wanted first time and really made working with them very easy. Their aftercare has been great too helping us deal with something that they were not involved with in the first place. Will highly recommend them to anyone.
Conservation in London
As a city with a rich historical heritage, it should hardly come as a surprise that the City of London is dotted with more than 27 conservation area. The city, founded more than 2000 years ago, has seen native, Roman, Norman, medieval, industrial and modern influence, creating a diverse architectural landscape which offers a window into the nation’s past.
Here we’re going to take a look at some of the most famous conservation areas in London and why they’ve been afforded that status.
The Guildhall area of London was once the centre of commerce for the city, not just in medieval times, but during the Roman era as well. The Guildhall area is a historical network of streets used from Saxon times, built on top of an old Roman amphitheatre, the remains of which now sit a few feet underground.
The Guildhall is famous for its high quality commercial buildings, including the Great Hall. But visitors can also view one of the largest medieval crypts in London on the site.
Chancery Lane is perhaps most famous for the fact that it contains two buildings which managed to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666: the Staple Inn and Barnard’s Inn. The area features traditional Renaissance-era buildings, as well as more recent Victorian additions, and sits on land which has been in constant use since the 12th century.
Chancery Lane remains a vital location from a government history perspective. It was here that much of the legal administration of the city was conducted during the centuries running up to the Great Fire and beyond.
Finsbury Circus became a conservation area in July 2015. It was granted conservation status on several grounds. First, the area is an example of “unplanned” City of London development. The city sprawled in the direction of Finsbury Circus in the middle of the nineteenth century and today plays host to some attractive buildings from the Victorian era. Second, the Circus centres on a secluded garden space which provides a natural stop off for tourists and busy workers going out for their lunch.
Smithfield became a conservation area back in 2012.
The area has a history more than 2,000 years long and a street layout which dates back more than 1,000.
Smithfield managed to avoid the worst of the German raids during the second world war and the ravages of the Great Fire in the seventeenth century. It is an example of genuinely organic London (what the city would have looked like it if it had not suffered major calamities).
Conservationists granted the area special status primarily because of the contrast between the small scale precincts of the medieval period and the later Georgian and post-industrial developments of the modern era.
Bishopsgate became a conservation area in September 2014. Although Bishopsgate is typically thought of as being in the heart of the city, it lay outside the city walls during the fire of London and was at one point just a suburb. Bishopsgate provides an example of Georgian town planning and Victorian railway building.