Architects Shoreditch

Architects Shoreditch

Architects Shoreditch

Scenario Architecture has headed architectural projects around East London for more than a decade. From our offices on the Regent’s Canal, we’ve built an extensive portfolio of domestic architecture across Hackney and into Islington.

Our landmark projects range from double-height extensions and new-build infill houses to our own home, on a quiet residential terrace in Stoke Newington. The extension and refurbishment to that period house earned us recognition from juries across the country ¬–¬ including a place on the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA London Award.

Other high-profile projects – like The Nook, a modern townhouse with a series of intriguing nooks in a gated development near the Regent’s Canal – stimulated word-of-mouth and brought direct referrals to our boutique residential architecture practice.

Much more than a commercial opportunity, we saw each new challenge as an occasion to refine our singular approach to domestic architecture.

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Architects Shoreditch

Minimal extension of an east London house

Architects Shoreditch

East London roof extension with a vertical roof light, bringing the roof garden into view

Architects Shoreditch Your Shoreditch project

Starting your Shoreditch project

If you’re considering a residential architectural project in Shoreditch, 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 Shoreditch. Most architecture projects in Shoreditch require planning permission from Hackney or Tower Hamlets councils. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across East London.


Discover 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.

Architects Shoreditch


We have created guides for homeowners to provide additional advice and help with your project. The following eBooks are currently available for you to download:

1. Planning in London and the home counties - A guide for homeowners
2. Self build - A guide to building your own new build home
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Architects Shoreditch Your Shoreditch project >> Scenario Architecture

Working with Scenario Architecture on your Shoreditch project

Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in and around London. We tackle projects of every scale and complexity, from interior refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds, through our bespoke architecture service.

Our friendly, highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your new space. We’ll collaborate closely with you from the initial drawings, detail 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 strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management.

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 an accurate, coordinated 3D model. 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 project by Scenario Architecture demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.

Architects Shoreditch

Minimal kitchen extension, East London house

Architects Shoreditch

Glass detail in staircase, bringing light into the shower room below

Architects Shoreditch

Bespoke fire place design

Architects Shoreditch >> Your Shoreditch Project Further Reading

Shoreditch has come a long way. Londoners of a certain age will remember a post war community deserted by families, neglected by investment and left to flounder… if they remember it all. After artists discovered its abandoned industrial spaces and charming Georgian streetscapes in the 1980s and ’90s, it began a renaissance and hasn’t stopped improving. Artists brought in art-lovers, and bars and clubs to support them. As nightlife overflowed into daytime, the creative industries set up shop, and networks of world-class restaurants and boutiques linked everything together. With work and leisure becoming less distinct, Shoreditch has emerged as a place where anything goes. The arrival of the super-clean, super-punctual Overground system, running through Shoreditch High Street Station, cemented the area’s status as a major London hub. And local architects well versed in taking a heritage home sympathetically into the 21st century have made it a decidedly liveable one.

But a lot of people don’t know truly how far Shoreditch has come. Nearly 2,000 years ago the Romans dug a great highway north from the River Thames – the same route that now calls itself Shoreditch High Street. The territory sitting just outside the old city walls served first as a Roman burial ground and then as a suburb, where tradesmen set up workshops to supply the population with its furniture, equipment and horseshoes. As residents branched outward from the old city in the Middle Ages – families, immigrants, outcasts and aristocrats demanding more space – they built magnificent churches and priories like St Leonard’s to support the community. After King Henry VIII ordered the monasteries dismantled, an impresario called James Burbage built a theatre called, appropriately, The Theatre, using stone and wood from the demolition of Holywell Priory. The Theatre employed William Shakespeare first as an actor and after as a playwright.

The built landscape as we know it today began to form in the 18th century, when some 25,000 Huguenots fled France for refuge around Spitalfields, near the French Protestant churches on Brick Lane and Artillery Lane. With proceeds from silk-weaving and silversmithing, they built distinguished brick townhouses flanking cobblestone roads. And they used that same 2,000-year-old road to carry their wares north to sell.

Though a few of those houses have opened to the public as museums – Dennis Severs’ House on Folgate Street is a national treasure – those surviving Huguenots homes sell for millions today. Yet the architecture of intervening years is more varied and attainable. Victorian factories and warehouses have become loft complexes; almshouses have evolved into apartment buildings; early housing estates have aged well, becoming desirable pieds-à-terre. New architecture abounds in the spaces between, or in voids left by bombing raids during the Second World War – the benefit of living here is your view will be almost exclusively vintage.

Shoreditch is one of the oldest inhabitable areas in the city, even if the name conjures images of hipsters holding pints on street corners. But living here requires responsibility to the architectural fabric. A Shoreditch architect well fluent in historic London buildings and conservation regulations will ease your transition into this rich cultural centre – allowing you not only to benefit from it but contribute to it, too.

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FAQWhat is the cost of an internal refurbishment?
Currently we recommend allowing between £2,500 and £3,000 per square metre for areas which will undergo an extensive renovation. We designate an area of the project as extensive renovation if the planned works includes substantial changes to layouts, significant structural works, re-plumbing, re-wiring and full redecoration. For areas of lighter internal renovation which do not require significant changes to layout or substantial structural works but do require full redecoration, re-plumbing and rewiring, we recommend allowing between £2,000 and £2,500 as an estimated cost per square metre, we designate these areas as requiring medium renovation. If there areas in your project which only call for a light renovation such as re-plastering, and painting, installing new floor finishes and light modifications of electrics and plumbing fittings, we will designate these as areas of light renovation and recommend that you allow £1,500-£2,000 per square metre or even as low as between £1,000-£1,500 if you only have light touches in mind. The real cost for your project will depend on several different variables including the complexity of the design, extent of structural works and level of fixtures, fittings and material finishes. These estimated costs per square metre are for the build cost excluding VAT and professional fees.

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FAQWhat is the fee structure used by Scenario Architecture?
The fee structure that we will offer will depend on the type and scale of your project as well as the scope required from us. The vast majority of the projects we take on are what we call ‘full projects’, these are projects for which we will provide full Architectural services from inception to completion, covering the standard scope of services offered by most RIBA Chartered Architects and more. For these full projects our fees will be calculated on the basis of an agreed percentage of the final cost of the building works exclusive of VAT and professional fees. At any given time, we will calculate our fees based on the latest construction cost estimates available until the final cost of the building works has been ascertained. Our fees will be adjusted both forward and retrospectively to reflect any increase in budget and scope of the project, and forward only (due to work already completed) to reflect any decrease in budget/scope. During early stages, our fees will be calculated based on our in-house estimation tool and once available, on estimates by the appointed Quantity Surveyor, followed by actual prices of returned tenders and finally, the contract sum reflecting any changes during construction. Under unusual circumstances we may agree to take on projects only up to a certain stage, for example up to planning, and sometimes from a certain stage if we are taking over from another Architect. For these ‘partial scope projects’ we will normally put forward a simple fixed lump sum proposal.

Architects Shoreditch

FAQWhat is Scenario’s approach to sustainability?
In the past, it was common practice for local authorities to impose sustainability standards on residential developments. However, the 2015 Deregulation Act removed the obligation on local authorities to require any standard at all, which means the only requirements having fallen back to those of the Building Regulations.  With no clear and improved targets to work towards, in collaboration with Envision (, we have created optional Sustainability ‘Levels’ to offer our clients the chance to drastically improve the sustainability credentials of their home. These ‘Levels’ encompassing Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond, traverse a clear and applicable route from basic compliance with current Building Regulations all the way to the full and rigorous HQM (Home Quality Mark) certification within Level Diamond. As the packages become more elaborate in terms of sustainability, analysis and implemented measures, they provide increasing tangible benefits. Ranging from thermal and acoustic comfort and wellbeing, to reduced carbon foot print, savings on running costs and significant advantages through the planning process.  The more elaborate packages obviously entail higher cost in terms of professional fees as well as impact on the construction cost, although each sustainability ‘Level’ will endeavour to not overly burden the construction budget.

Architects Shoreditch

FAQWhat is Scenario’s approach to planning?
Planning in the U.K in general and in Greater London in particular is admittedly a tricky business. It is a complex maze of policies, standards and regulations that requires specialised and up to date knowledge and skills to navigate successfully.  Over the years we developed a strong approach and an effective methodology, allowing us to maintain an outstanding track record stretching over more than a decade. Successfully securing planning permission for our clients across Greater London and the Home Counties.  The key aspects of our approach to planning are listed below: 
  • Collaborative – We start the conversation with planners early and advise most of our clients to seek pre-planning advice prior to submission of a full planning application. Our experience shows that when properly consulted and liaised with, most planning case officers will be receptive to conduct a professional dialogue, increasing chances of successes. 
  • Strategic – We tailor a custom planning strategy for each project based on its circumstances such as planning history, local context and specific challenging elements. We sometimes split applications or introduce minor tweaks to the scheme during the consideration period in conversation with the officers to prevent one contentious element from jeopardising approval of the main scheme.
  • Professional – Our experience shows that the quality and clarity of the submission in terms of background research, planning history of the property and context, precedent and of course the arguments presented to support the case has a tremendous effect on success rate.