Scenario Architecture’s work in Hertfordshire began with an exciting brief from a young, St Albans-based family. They had purchased a detached house in poor condition and planned to replace it with a contemporary new-build. Our challenge was to design a sustainable, contemporary new-build home that respected and complemented the traditional residential architecture of the typical Hertfordshire streetscape.
We knew that securing planning permission in Hertfordshire for such an ambitious scheme would not be easy. However, our innovative design process helped us reinterpret the traditional house typology in a unique way. The contemporary new-build house strikes a fine balance within its traditional surroundings.
We submitted a robust planning application featuring advanced 3D visualisations of the proposed scheme and a strong planning statement. Our collaborative pre-planning strategy gained support from the St Albans City and District Council planning department – even before we’d submitted a full planning application.
More than just a commercial opportunity, we saw this contemporary new-build project as a chance to develop and refine our unique approach to residential architecture.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative form of architecture. We take a considered approach to our clients’ desires, placing their aspirations for a new, architect-designed home in high definition. The clients’ needs are the main drivers of our process.
Our experience with residential architecture in Hertfordshire shows that a beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each client’s unique lifestyle. Our tailor-made homes tell the story of the owners – not the architects.
Your Hertfordshire project
Starting your Hertfordshire project
If you’re considering a residential architectural project in Hertfordshire, 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 Hertfordshire.
Most architecture projects in Hertfordshire require planning permission from the relevant district council within Hertfordshire. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across Hertfordshire and neighbouring Buckinghamshire.
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 box.
AdviceTo help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in Hertfordshire, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
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Working with Scenario Architecture on your Hertfordshire project
Scenario is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in and around the greater London area. We tackle domestic projects of all scales and complexities, from interior alterations and refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds, through our bespoke architecture service.
Our 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 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 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 efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.
We use 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so all our project data comes from an accurate 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time and money.
A Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a project by Scenario demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
Your Hertfordshire project >> Further reading
The history of Hertfordshire architecture is really tantamount to the history of English architecture. Before there was even a London – or, rather, Londinium – the Romans had established Verulanium, near present-day St Albans. Verulanium was the third largest city in Britain. And settlers there branched out into a satellite village near today’s Welwyn, where the foundations of a Roman bathhouse still remain. Verulanium was so important to the Romans, Queen Boudicca’s army ambushed it in the year 60, after destroying Londinium.
Hertfordshire went quiet after that for a while. But in the second millennium, populations began to flourish there. And as London rebuilt itself and began to expand outward, the region benefitted. Hertfordshire architects, blessed with a constant stream of prosperous clients, boldly designed some amazingly prestigious infrastructure. Being close to the big city, accessed by the main roads out of town, was of great benefit. The illustrious St Albans Cathedral, originally built by the Normans, remains a destination in its own right. Some of Hertfordshire’s best-preserved Georgian homes wind their way out from the church tower. Imposing institutional buildings built hundreds of years back – Hertfordshire claimed some notorious asylums – survive as hotels, golf clubs or office blocks.
Yet some of the most stunning architectural treasures in Hertfordshire tend to be residential. And this being one of the so-called Home Counties, much domestic architecture has remained domestic. Hemel Hempstead, a desirable modern suburb nestled between Luton Airport and the Chiltern Hills, boasts a collection of half-timbered family houses around its old town centre; the high street in Old Stevenage has a choice few timber-framed homes.
Hatfield House, over the railway tracks from Hatfield’s 20th-century town centre, is one of a handful of Jacobean manors in the country, serving as the setting for the film The Favourite, with Olivia Coleman. An rambling wonder to behold, built in 1612 on the site of Elizabeth I’s childhood home, it forms the centrepiece of a historic village peppered with Georgian properties.
Head southwest into Moor Park, Rickmansworth and Chorleywood for homes going back to Queen Anne radiating from pretty town centres with perfect art deco pubs. Then there are the Garden Cities, Welwyn and Letchworth. Here revolutionary town planners organised rows and crescents of Edwardian houses and Arts and Crafts treasures circling vast landscaped parks and community halls.
Hertfordshire architects will be well versed in the planning restrictions for historic properties and steer you toward a compassionate renovation or extension. Barring the availability of such listed properties, Hertfordshire has its fair share of well-designed mid-century developments, which are finally receiving some of the critical praise they are due for their practical layouts and vast banks of glazing. Though many of these properties will have architectural restrictions, structural changes could be less complicated. In the hands of Hertfordshire architects, a typical post war house will transform into a unique contemporary haven.
Your Hertfordshire Project >> 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.