Surrey is unique among Home Counties for its vast residential properties and ample opportunities to build and rebuild. Its proximity to London and its remarkably varied residential architecture makes the county one of the most coveted and accessible outside the capital. Substantial homes of beautifully aged brick or smooth, contemporary lines sit on quiet, tidy lanes. Wherever you live in Surrey, a vast park, historic church or outstanding school is never far.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture. Our considered approach to our clients’ desires place their aspirations for a new or renewed architect-designed home in high definition.
Among UK architects, Surrey- and London-based, we rank highly for putting our clients’ needs at the forefront of our design process. A beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each client’s unique lifestyle – and that shows in our work. Our landmark project Scenario House, located in East London, was covered widely and shortlisted for several prestigious architecture awards – including the 2018 RIBA London Awards. It demonstrates our successful approach to sympathetic domestic architecture.
Scenario Architecture is a RIBA-chartered practice on top of the latest methods and technology. Founders Ran Ankory and Maya Carni, graduates of London’s Architectural Association, take a fresh, inventive approach to expanding and revamping period properties. Building an extensive portfolio of completed residential projects throughout London, they see the city’s most diverse residential neighbourhoods as their backyard. Their work has featured in Elle Decoration, Dezeen, Houzz and Ideal Home.
Your Surrey project
Starting your Surrey project
If you’re considering a residential architectural project in Surrey, 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 Surrey.
Most architecture projects in Surrey require planning permission from one of the Surrey County Councils. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across Greater London.
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 Surrey, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
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Working with Scenario Architecture on your Surrey project
Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in the Greater London area. We tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior alterations and 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, 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 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) 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 Scenario project demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
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Surrey offers a tale of two destinations: a bucolic green idyll and a comfortably convenient suburban lifestyle. The county abutting London’s southeastern border has the loftiest GDP per capita of any other, with some of the highest property values – and highest cost of living – outside the capital, and yet there are extraordinarily rural moments between the towns and villages. While the schools, shops and amenities in the communities dotted around the county offer all you could want from the commuter belt, you also get the greatest reserves of mature woodland of all the English counties – its 22.4% of wooded coverage is nearly twice the national average. The Metropolitan Green Belt sweeps across from west to east, encompassing the North Downs, Greensand Ridge, Frensham Ponds and the Surrey Hills area of natural beauty, inspiring the interlocking oak leaves on Surrey’s official logo. Box Hill, one of England’s loveliest areas for walking, with amazing swooping roads for country driving, has the oldest untouched area of natural woodland in the UK. The county also skirts Bushy Park and Windsor Great Park in the north.
As you’d expect from this relatively wealthy part of the country, golf and horse-racing courses abound, with the century-old Wentworth in the borders and Ascot just beyond. Around the same time the area was being established for rollicking weekend sporting, architects were establishing new styles for its residents. Edwin Lutyens began his eminent architecture practice here, with a country house in Farnham and an Arts and Crafts pile at Munstead Wood for the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. His finest houses are sprinkled around the county, and gave way for a great Arts and Crafts movement throughout the southeast. That, in turn, provided ground for further architectural experimentation. For decades, Surrey was a place where architects and designers could exercise their creative chops. Forested plots around the so-called Golden Triangle, in southwestern Surrey, conceal all manner of brutalism, modernism and postmodernism.
But the area was settled long before the gracious architecture of the 20th century and 21st centuries appeared. After the departure of the Romans, Anglo-Saxon communities began a pattern of building on the land around Guildford, Godalming and beyond. Remains of churches from Anglo Saxon and Medieval times survive all over the region. Farnham Castle is one of the best-preserved old buildings in the region, and Guildford Castle still retains much of its Medieval structure. There is at least one great stately home representing the architectural styles that dominated henceforth, from the sprawling Tudor mansion at Loseley Park, built in the 1560s, to the twin villages East Clandon and West Clandon, near Guildford, with their Robert Adam-designed Hatchlands Park and the 18th-century Palladian mansion respectively. You could imagine few finer backdrops for a new or improved home in the southeast.
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.