Planning permission has been granted for 15 new dwellings, including 5 affordable units, and a replacement for the existing village shop and post office on the site of a former garden centre in Chipperfield conservation area. Marchfield Homes and their design team worked closely with local residents and the parish council to ensure a sympathetic relationship between the new development and surrounding homes. The layout and design evolved from our own character study of the conservation area, Dacorum Borough Council’s Character Assessment and Chipperfield’s Village Design Statement. This informed building scale and use of traditional architectural features and materials. Dwellings range from 2 bedroom cottages to 4 and 5 bedroom detached houses and there are 2 apartments above the village store. As residents were sensitive about the new building on the Chapel Croft frontage, in order to allay their concerns, we produced before and after photo-montage images to demonstrate the appropriateness of its scale relative to existing properties.
An application for 26 affordable houses at Northaw Park was submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council in June 2019. There are 50 homes in the area already and the proposed development will add 15 three-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom houses in response to the need for affordable housing in surrounding rural areas. The dwellings are two-storey in scale and relatively low in density to reflect the site’s semi-rural location. They will be traditional in design and use of materials to sympathise with the local architectural character of Hook Lane and elsewhere in Northaw. The applicant is Watford Community Housing, a Hertfordshire-based housing association whose priority is to provide better homes and friendlier communities.
We are pleased to welcome Adam Parsons who recently joined Boast Architects as a Senior Architectural Technologist. Adam brings considerable experience in producing construction information for large residential developments by national house builders. We hope he enjoys his new role at Boast Architects.
Boast Architects have obtained planning permission from Welwyn Hatfield Council for a contemporary extension a private house in Essendon. This comes after seeking Pre-application advice about the proposal from the planning authority because of the sensitive location in the Metropolitan Green Belt. The close proximity of a significant Cedar of Lebanon in the grounds of the original house was a concern but an arboriculturalist proved that the new building would not adversely affect its long term future, to the satisfaction of the local authority. The largely glazed new structure is simple and minimalist in appearance to ensure that the architectural integrity of the original house will continue to prevail whilst taking full advantage of magnificent views over rolling Hertfordshire countryside. It will provide additional living space for hospitality and a sunken Swim Spa for the clients who are both very keen on water sports. We are currently coordinating the design team to produce working drawings and construction information for tender. Completion is expected this Summer.
Boast Architects are pleased to announce that planning approval has been obtained for converting an agricultural barn in Bovingdon into three 3 bedroom dwellings. The change from agricultural to residential use had been established by the client under Class Q of Permitted Development Rights before we were appointed. This exciting project incorporates structural insulated panel (SIP) construction with zinc wrapping around the entire structure to reflect the agricultural context of the existing farm buildings. The design uses vertical standing seam zinc cladding throughout with contrasting horizontal detailing in the same material on the gable ends. Feature strip windows and eaves windows punctuate the zinc cladding to reinforce the contemporary design theme. We are currently producing construction drawings for tender and construction is due to commence in July 2019.
Following the completion of the working drawing programme for 188 units at Buckton Fields East for a large housing developer client, Boast Architects have now been commissioned to produce the working drawings on the next phase of the development called Buckton Fields West consisting of 190 units. Our technical team are delighted to continue working with this valued client on a large development such as this.
We are very pleased to welcome a new member to our technical team this week – Darren Lansdall. Darren studied at the University of Northampton where he qualified with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Architectural Technology. We hope he enjoys his new home at Boast Architects as we work together to develop his career.
Boast associates is now trading as Boast architects with re-branding and a new website. Since establishing in 1996 we have always strived to produce high standards of architectural work in all our projects. As a result, we have worked with a number of loyal clients for many years. The practice is progressive and continues to evolve through investment in people and the latest CAD technology.
Boast Architects have completed working drawings for 95 new dwellings for Martin Grant Homes. Being close to their headquarters in Surrey they considered this to be one of their flagship developments. Having used Revit software throughout the office since 2012, our 3D models were used to produce photo-realistic images of all house types for marketing purposes.