Scenario Architecture has enjoyed collaborative relationships with homeowners in Islington since long before we moved to our current offices on the Regent’s Canal. Our extensive portfolio of completed projects across Islington dates back more than a decade, and has grown and diversified since making the neighbourhood our home turf and becoming Islington architects of choice.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative brand of Islington architects. 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 design process.
Early on as a boutique residential architecture practice, we relied on direct referrals from happy clients more than any other form of marketing. Now as Islington architects, this positive word-of-mouth has come largely from our neighbours within Islington and Hackney.
A beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each homeowner’s unique lifestyle – and that shows in our work. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell the story of our clients – not ourselves.
Your Islington project
Starting your Islington project
If you’re considering hiring Islington architects for your residential project, 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 Islington. Most architecture projects in Islington require planning permission from Islington Council. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we’ve worked collaboratively with Islington Council to realise some ambitious and daring schemes.
TipDiscover if your chosen architect has had success pushing 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 Islington, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
Your Islington project >> Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your Islington project
Scenario Architecture is a practice of Islington architects focused on high-end residential projects around London. Through our bespoke architecture service we tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior alterations and refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds.
Our friendly, experienced, highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your new space. We’ll collaborate closely 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 on all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are extremely efficient tools for choosing finishes 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, 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.
It’s one of the smallest boroughs in London, but Islington cuts an exclusive swath up the city centre, from deep in the old city to the leafy parks of Highgate. For those who work in the City, the borough follows the contours of the Northern Line, and the important trains depositing people into Moorgate and London Bridge. If you’re creative, you’re a straight shot from Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and King’s Cross. Islington architects are some of the most prestigious in London.
The built fabric of Islington, dating back 500 years in some parts, makes up some of the oldest surviving stock in London. The gates of St John’s in Clerkenwell, first built by the Priory of the Knights of St John in the early 16th century, sit back from Clerkenwell Road and lead the way down cobbled streets to the eminent pubs and restaurants around Farringdon. The medieval Charterhouse, a former monastic enclave, still stands behind wrought iron gates near Smithfield Market. And Tudor Tower lords over the village-community of Canonbury and a cluster of Henry VIII-era houses (former residents include Thomas Cromwell, Francis Bacon and Oliver Goldsmith). Over the next few centuries in Islington, architects would build some of the most gracious residential streets and squares surrounding private parks. Today nearly 40 per cent of the borough’s built fabric dates from before 1900.
Islington was not always an elegant London community, however. Its proximity to the City and the Thames River put it in harm’s way during the Second World War. Pockets of destruction erased some signature architecture and sent well-heeled residents to the suburbs on the newly built train lines. Streets were razed, council housing built and schools deteriorated.
Yet its proximity to the City was exactly what saved Islington in recent decades. With social housing sold off, Georgian terraces gradually refurbished and the Regent’s Canal cleared and cleaned for leisure, the Islington post codes have bounced back. Upper Street, running from Angel to Highbury & Islington station, is as popular for its top restaurants, West End-calibre theatre and boutique shopping as Covent Garden. Highbury, centred on Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium, has the vast lawns of Highbury Fields. The New River running through Canonbury is lined with quiet, shady streets and distinguished grey-brick centre-hall homes. Angel claims some of the oldest and most contemporary housing in the borough, clinging to the Regent’s Canal. And the up-and-coming neighbourhoods of Holloway and Archway are destinations for food and drink.
You’ll find the best deals on Victorian terrace and semi-detached housing in the latter two, over in Tufnell Park and around Finsbury Park station. The best news is those neighbourhoods benefit from some of the handiest Tube stations in North London.
Scenario Architecture >> 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.