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Author: James Gould

Articles posted by James Gould

As we turn the page to a new chapter in the journey of Boast Architects, we want to take a moment to celebrate a significant transition. After 28 glorious years of leadership, innovation, and dedication, Richard Boast and Valerie Boast are passing the torch as they step into a well-deserved retirement. Under their stewardship, Boast Architects has not only flourished but also left an indelible mark on the landscape of residential planning and design consultancy. Today, we are thrilled to welcome Richard Tavener CEO and Cheten Chauhan Managing Director into their new roles as the leaders of Boast Architects. Their passion, vision, and commitment to excellence are exactly what we need as we look forward to expanding and building upon our strong foundation. We are confident that under their guidance, Boast Architects will continue to innovate, inspire, and lead in creating meaningful residential spaces for our communities. Moreover, we are also thrilled to announce that Matt Moore, Chris Mitchell, and james Gould, key members of our incredible team, will continue to be integral parts of Boast Architects. Their expertise, dedication, and vision are indispensable as we take these next steps together as a team. Their decision to stay on and contribute to our journey forward speaks volumes of the familial spirit and commitment to excellence that defines our business. To our clients, partners, and friends, we are excited to embark on this new journey with you. With a focus on growth and a commitment to our core values of excellence in residential planning and design consultancy. Here's to the future of Boast Architects - a future filled with promise, innovation, and continued success.

This question gets asked fairly often, so here are some of the benefits of working with an Architect: Manage client's expectations of what is achievable with their budget, including where cost savings are to be made. Obtain planning & building regulations approvals. Ability to interpret client requirements, provide design solutions, and are able to think ‘outside the box’ to give ideas the client hadn’t considered. Help clients to visualise their project through hand sketch’s, CGI’s and technical drawings. Work with clients from the initial design stage right through to completion.

We are looking for an ambitious, Senior Architectural Technologist with proven experience in the residential sector, who is capable of taking responsibility for producing working drawings independently. Ideally we are looking for applicants who can use both Revit and AutoCAD software but we will offer training in Revit to the right candidate. It is important that any applicants live within reasonable distance of our offices in Stevenage, close to Junction 7 of the A1(M)

Outline Planning Permission has been granted for 137,500ft² of offices, 88 flats and decked car parking on a prominent town centre site in Stevenage. Boast Architects produced design drawings and 3D images to show how an architectural statement building could be created on a 2.9 acre site at one of the main gateways to Stevenage. The design challenge was to maximize office commercial and residential development whilst sympathising with the scale and historic character of a 17th Century Grade II Listed farmhouse in the middle of the site. Click here for more information.

The construction of the SIPS panels has now been completed by Glosford SIPS for the three new dwellings in Bovingdon. We are excited to see the project into 2020 as the zinc cladding, windows and doors are installed and internal finishes are being completed for a June completion date.   Builder– Aspects Special Projects Ltd http://aspectsspecialprojects.co.uk/ SIPS Panel Manufacturer and Installer – Glosford SIPS https://glosfordsips.co.uk/ Zinc Cladding – All Metal Roofing https://www.allmetalroofing.co.uk/

Boast Architects is pleased to announce that planning approval has recently been obtained for the restoration and conversion of a Grade II listed building at 1-3 St Peter’s Street in St. Albans. Following close collaboration with St. Albans District Council’s planning and conservation officers, the approved design will optimise the number and size of new apartments while limiting the impact of the alterations on the original historic fabric of the building. The first and second floors which were formally offices will be converted into four new apartments and there will be two further duplex apartments in a new extension at the rear of the property on Spencer Street. The existing shops at ground level on the St Peter’s Street frontage will be retained and remodelled to facilitate the conversion of the upper floors to residential use. Externally, the listed building will be carefully restored with the primary elevations of the listed building being largely unchanged. The extension is designed to complement the listed building and blend into the historic character of Spencer Street. We hope to remain involved in this prestigious project in 2020 by discharging pre-commencement planning conditions and going on to prepare information for tender and construction.

Boast Architects are pleased to announce that construction has commenced on the construction of three new dwellings in Bovingdon. Following a successful tender process, the client has appointed Aspects Special Projects Ltd to construct the new houses and Boast Architects has been retained as Contract Administrator. Builder– Aspects Special Projects Ltd http://aspectsspecialprojects.co.uk/

Following planning difficulties over a number of years with schemes by previous architects, Boast Architects and JB Planning Associates have combined with the client to finally gain planning approval in June 2019. Being in Green Belt and close to a local wildlife site, the appearance, larger size and increased height of the replacement dwelling were among the concerns which had to be resolved in the design. The existing house is a converted bungalow and the challenge in the design was to significantly improve the standard of the new first floor accommodation with only the marginal increase in ridge height and building volume. Despite these constraints, a much better layout of bigger bedrooms and bathrooms has now been achieved. We have now been appointed to submit a Building Regulations application as the next step in the exciting process of helping the client to realise their long-held ambitions on this secluded site outside Hertford.

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.