The relationship Scenario Architecture established with St Albans started when a local young family approached us with an exciting brief. They purchased a detached house in poor condition with the intention to demolish it and replace it with a new build contemporary house.
We were challenged to design a contemporary and sustainable new build home while respecting and blending in with the more traditional nature of residential architecture of a typical St Albans street scape.
From the outset we knew that securing planning permission in St Albans for such extensive and ambitious scheme would not be easy. However, our innovative design process and planning strategy involved a unique re-interpretation of the traditional house typology and enabled us to strike a fine balance between a contemporary new build house and its traditional local context.
The robust planning application submission we prepared, featured advanced realistic 3D visualisations of the proposed scheme, fully supported with a strong planning statement. Through a collaborative pre-planning process our scheme gained support from St Albans City And District Council planning department prior to the submission of a full planning application.
More than just a commercial opportunity and a design and planning challenge we saw this project as a chance to apply our unique approach to residential architecture on the clear canvas which only a new build home can provide.
The vision behind Scenario was to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture, where client’s requirements and aspirations for their newly designed home are considered in higher definition than ever before and given central stage as the main drivers of the design process.
The method we developed and refined over a decade of extensive residential architecture work in and around London is based on a deep understanding and methodical analysis of the unique way in which every one of us would like to interact with our home. Our method repeatedly produces unique, tailor-made and functional homes, which tell the story of the dwellers rather than that of the Architects.
Starting your St Albans project
If you are thinking about starting an architectural project in St Albans, be it a renovation, an extension to an existing property or even a new build house we are here to help.
We created a created a brief and illustrated overview of the process to help you understand what to expect through the various stages of a residential, extension, renovation or new build project in St Albans.
Most projects would need planning permission, which in St Albans will require obtaining planning permission from St Albans City And District Council. With an evolving track record working collaboratively with St Albans City And District planning department and successfully securing planning permissions for our clients we begin to consider St Albans our home court.
To help you understand in more detail what is required for obtaining planning permission in St Albans we created a helpful and clear guide which you can download below:
This guide is suitable for people who intend to make alterations to their homes that will require the consent of their local council.
It is based on our own extensive experience and explains in simple terms the UK planning process and how to successfully navigate through it.
Working with Scenario Architecture on your St Albans project
Established in 2007, Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on the high-end residential sector, working extensively throughout and around London. We specialise in every scale and type of domestic project, from interior alterations, through full renovations and refurbishments to new build homes. We offer a full bespoke architecture service tailored to fit your requirements and aspirations.
Our friendly and highly skilled team has the knowledge, experience and expertise necessary to take you step-by-step through the challenging and exciting journey of creating your new home. We will work together with you in close collaboration from initial design, through detail design and planning all the way to tender, construction and successful completion of your project on time and within budget.
Scenario Architecture is an RIBA Chartered Practice, which essentially means that we are compliant with the RIBA (Royal Institute of Chartered Architects) strict criteria, covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.
As early adopters of latest technology, we use as a standard for all projects a verity of innovative 3D design and visualisation tools to create and communicate design with our clients. Our experience shows that Real-Time visualisations and Virtual Reality tours are extremely powerful tools to streamline the process of choosing material finishes fixtures and fittings as well as simulating realistic natural light conditions.
When we produce accurate and reliable construction information we use the latest 3D BIM technology, (BIM stands for Building Information Modelling) which means that all project information is derived from a single accurate and coordinated 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with other consultants as well as contractors has proven to save time and cost for our clients.
A case study featuring one of our projects was published by the Chartered Institute of Building, demonstrating the great benefits of this advanced technology specifically with domestic projects.
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.