With an extensive portfolio of residential projects throughout West London over more than a decade, we see this part of London as our backyard. Our clients have made us the West London architects of choice, empowering us to change West London’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 in full focus. The clients’ needs are the main drivers of our design process.
A beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each homeowner’s unique lifestyle – and that shows in our work. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell the story of our clients – not ourselves.
Your West London project
Starting your West London project
If you’re considering a residential architectural project in West London, we’re here to help, whether it’s a renovation, extension or new-build.
We’ve 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 West 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 West London.
To help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in London, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
TipDiscover if your architect has had success steering planning applications through your local council. Visit the “planning applications” page of your council’s website and enter the architect’s name in the search criteria.
AdviceTo help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in London, we’ve created this helpful handbook. Download it below.
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Working with Scenario Architecture on your West London project
Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects across London. We tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds, through our bespoke architecture service.
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 design and planning through tender and construction to the successful completion of your project. On time and on budget.
Scenario Architecture is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management systems.
Early adopters of the latest 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 extremely efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.
We also use 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so all our project data comes from accurate 3D models. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time and money. This Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a Scenario project demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
The neighbourhoods beyond London’s West End began developing in earnest after the Georgians. We can see grand swaths of Regency homes in the West London districts of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Notting Hill, usually facing landscaped parks surrounded by wrought-iron fencing. You can recognise them by their classical proportions, white-stucco façades, Doric and Ionic pillars, angular fanlights and simple monochrome tilework – often on sweeping streets following gentle curves.
Making up of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in London, these Regency homes are also governed by strict conservation regulations that restrict owners from altering their defining features. The desirability of these homes make them some of the most expensive on the market around London.
Yet homeowners in West London are also trailblazers, establishing a standard of renovation, restoration and home-extension that has become the norm across West London. If you buy a home in West London, you will have many options available to you in terms of opening up your interior and designing a more efficient home. Many families are choosing to dig down rather than up, designing vast basement living spaces and utility areas. These basement extensions have proved controversial, disrupting the neighbourhood calm – although they also do the least to mar the original integrity of the architecture. Others choose to build light-filled double-height extensions in the rear, expanding kitchens and family rooms that tended to be smaller, historically.
Moving westward, the architecture segues from Regency to Victorian – a style of taller, thinner, more ornamental houses compartmentalised into smaller rooms. Houses from this period represent a democratisation of London living. They were built for the growing middle class, as well as the working classes and spanned an era of immense growth for London. Heading into the 20th century, West London architecture became squatter, roomier and more practical, eliminating steep stairwells and staff quarters.
Both Victorian and Edwardian homes have always made great use of colour and light, and owners may be inspired to highlight those features. Others use architects to complement the original features with wide banks of glazing and austere woodwork. Those homes further outside central London had deeper gardens. Opportunities to expand outward or design outbuildings for the end of the garden are greater for these properties.
West London architects and those, like Scenario, experienced working within a historical context will best help you conceive of improvements for your home that fit within the local allowances and provide you with a comfortable, efficient, beautiful living space.
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.