Architects Woking

Architects Woking

Architects Woking

A half hour from London Waterloo, not much further from Heathrow and a gateway to the West Country, Woking sits within that happy place many homeowners seek out. It offers quiet family living with the potential for world-class culture and travel, along with homes that touch every era of the British architectural timeline. Residential plots deliver all the desirable extras: front and back gardens, space for storage and parking.

As for the house itself, you can find one with heaps of space at about half the price of a similar place in London. Increasingly, Woking’s real estate is being snapped up by exiles from the city who love the look of its period architecture but nonetheless want to adapt it to their personality or personal life. Our contemporary brand of residential architecture is best suited for these situations: to overhaul heritage homes with modern amenities, larger windows and details that make sense to the way we live today.

The way we work at Scenario Architecture puts the client at the heart of every project. That’s why every one of our domestic projects has a unique look and feel. We translate the home you’ve chosen into a have that works for you and with you.

Scenario was born in 2007 with an ambition to transform London’s beloved heritage architecture for a new generation. From our earliest days we invited clients into the design process, parsing their routines and crafting a distinctive home in response. Our clients are still instrumental to designing every house. A tailor-made Scenario home reflects their story, their lifestyle, their future.

Our landmark Scenario House, shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards in 2018, presents our commitment to this harmony between old and new. If you are seeking an architect in Woking, take a look at its fresh, customised approach to a typical city home.

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Starting your Woking project

Our illustrated synopsis will help homeowners in their quest for a residential architect, whether they are extending a house, renovating or building anew. Many of these projects in Woking require building approval from Woking Borough Council. With our solid track record securing planning permission for our clients, we can help you undertake and see through a planning application in Woking.

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Has your architect been successful in steering planning applications through the local council? Find out. Visit the Woking Borough Council’s website, click on “planning and building control” and enter your architect’s name in the planning archives.

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Advice

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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Working with Scenario Architecture on your Woking project

We specialise in domestic architecture across London and beyond. We are a RIBA Chartered Practice. Our boutique studio is made up of experienced, highly skilled architects who comply with the health and safety criteria of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Our clients are central to our process, collaborating on drawings, detail design and planning. If you are looking for an architect in Woking or the Southeast, visit our online portfolio to see how we could work for you.

We are constantly upgrading our knowledge of innovative 3D design technology. We use virtual reality and real-time visualisations for all our projects, the most efficient tools for choosing the right fixtures and fittings and simulating natural light. This Chartered Institute of Building case study demonstrates the benefits of 3D design technology for our residential projects.

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Wrap-around extension and full renovation

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Extensive renovation within a conservation area

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Full refurbishment of a terraced house

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When you find Woking on your radar, generally you fall into one of two categories: the Londoner for whom it is time to leave, or the person who doubted the speed and financial sacrifice of London were ever really necessary in the first place. Because the 30-minute train commute to Waterloo means you may be closer to work than many Londoners, while spending half the average London budget on your home.

Once upon a time, the only people living in this small acreage southwest of the M25 were dead. A special train from Waterloo commissioned in the 19th century transported bodies to the Victorian cemetery at Brookwood. Only after the cemetery sold off some of its excess land that the town was born – first with Victorian terraces and detached family homes, then with Edwardians and unassuming interwar developments, by the time HG Wells lived near the rail line.

Still, Woking spent a lot of the last century in the shadow of Guildford, with its older housing stock and prettier shopping streets. It is neither the quaint village nor the important county centre. But the Surrey settlement has come up in the world. The oldest homes, grandfathered into the town before it was a town, have been rewired, replumbed, renovated and much loved over the past few decades. Some lovely old 19th-century houses cluster around the Basingstoke Canal, which runs across the north of town and boasts its own uninterrupted footpath. New, modern apartment complexes are hints to Woking’s increasing popularity with young professional. Developers have discovered the watery riverbeds of Old Woking, south of the town centre, and have built homes with a view, a swift walk away from the pretty old St Peter’s church tower. That’s set off a building trend that’s migrated westward toward Sutton Green Golf Club. Apart from a handful of tall buildings fringing the area, you’ll rarely find a building topping five storeys.

Generally, this is a bedroom community putting residential first. And what’s more: as the crow flies – and the train tracks too – Woking is closer to London than Guildford.

The wide range of housing stock in Woking means you can choose your era and often find a house that doesn’t require a long and complicated process of seeking planning permission to adapt. The neighbourhoods running north from the town centre are the most desirable: close to the station, shops, canal path and a clutch of good schools. Follow the canal westward and the landscape becomes more bucolic, as parks lead into golf clubs which in turn lead into the old Brookwood cemetery. Life isn’t as quiet here as it may seem – you can have a raucous night out at one of your local cocktail bars or pubs, and London is just up the way. But its peacefulness is Woking’s asset.

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FAQWhat is unique about the Scenario design process?
The scenario design process was developed, tested and perfected through over a decade of extensive delivery of residential projects within and around London, some of its key features are listed below:   
  • Scenario based design – We start each and every project with a meticulous analysis of our client’s vision, requirements and aspirations. We do this by asking our clients to imagine their everyday scenarios living in the completed house and describe their desired interaction with it. 
We then translate the resulting high definition brief into an informative and revealing 3-dimensional simulation, illuminating aspirations, requirements and patterns of habitation. 
  • Uniquely interactive - Our client’s deep involvement in the process does not stop with completion of the brief. Our design meetings are highly interactive, informal and fun. 
Sitting together in front of a real time 3D model of the proposed design with realistic materials, lighting and textures we push and pull the proposed scheme together to explore its full potential and drag and drop different materials to explore various options. hen we invite our clients to take a virtual reality tour through advanced equipment that is always available in our practice for our clients to explore their projects at different stages of development. 
  • Designed to reflect you – Based purely on your lifestyle, aspirations and requirements and free from externally imposed concepts, metaphors and pre-conceptions, a completely fresh and unique design will gradually emerge and it will tell your story not ours. 
It will not look like an image cut out of a trendy architecture magazine and not designed to intentionally impress anyone. It will feel familiar, warm and inviting and you will recognise yourself in it because it will be a genuine expression of the unique way in which you and your family wish to interact with it and enjoy it for many years to come.

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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. 

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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 (www.envisioneco.com), 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.

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FAQWho will be assigned to work on my project?
Any architectural project comprises three main aspects, Creative design, Technical design and Project Management. A successful architectural project can only be achieved when all three aspects are properly performed and harmoniously integrated by an experienced professional. But can we really except a single person to specialise and shine in all three aspects and furthermore skilfully negotiate and balance the often contradictory challenges these aspects present? The basic assumption underlying the common structure of almost all other architectural practices today is that it is possible and this is precisely what is expected from the lone and often junior Architect that would typically be assigned to run your project start to finish. Scenario works in a completely different and new way, we believe in specialism and teamwork and therefore assign three experienced specialists for each and every project. A project team in Scenario is composed of a Project Director, a Designer and a Technical Designer, seamlessly collaborating to deliver results, which are noticeably superior to anything that a single person, skilful as they may be, could ever produce.

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FAQWhat is the cost of building a new house?
If you are thinking about building a new house from scratch for which the term Self Build is often used, we currently recommend allowing between £2,500 and £3,500 per square metre for projects in and around London. This may sound like a very wide range initially, perhaps too wide to be useful? As soon as we can establish even a few of the basics of your requirements and aspirations for the project we can safely narrow it down and customise it to match your intentions. The key parameters that will help us to refine initial estimates are whether or not a basement is required to achieve your target floor area, the likely construction method and corresponding structural approach and of course your desired level of fixtures, fittings and material finishes. Another key parameter that we must consider right from the outset is the level of sustainability that we are aiming at, are you satisfied with the base line requirements as defined by current building regulations, or should we aim higher? Working together with sustainability experts we have created our own bespoke set of sustainability packages which allows you to place your sustainability target anywhere you wish. This can range from basic compliance to an extremely sustainable and energy efficient standard which comes with great savings on running costs, future proofing and wellbeing benefits such as improved air quality, thermal comfort, and considerate and healthier surface finishes.

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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.