Weiss Architecture Studio

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A hybrid outline and detailed planning application for up to 67 dwellings in Royston was approved by North Herts District Council in May 2020. The site is within an existing industrial and residential area of the town and has a railway line along its southern boundary. Phase 1, consisting of 28 apartments in two similar blocks, received detailed approval on currently vacant brownfield land.  The remaining 39 dwellings in Phases 2 and 3 received outline approval. The contemporary design of the apartments reflects the local context with buff and blue/grey brick and white render, accented by black metal balcony railings and dark grey fenestration. A LAP playspace is incorporated with 46 car spaces and storage for 34 cycle and 4 mobility scooters whilst maximising soft landscape. We await the client’s decision about implementing Phase 1 and hope to move on to produce working drawings for construction. JB Planning Associates was the planning consultant

Following difficulties due to the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, construction work has now been completed at our Bovingdon site. The proposal involved the conversion of an existing barn into three dwellings as Class Q permitted development.  Our planning application to enhance the design of the building, parking, hardstanding and gardens was approved by Dacorum Borough Council. The project incorporates Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) for speed of construction. Vertical standing seam zinc cladding is used with contrasting horizontal detailing on the gable ends to reflect the agricultural context of the existing farm buildings. Boast Architects have been involved in all stages of the project including concept design, planning and Building Regulations applications, tender process and contract administration.

Boast Architects has submitted a detailed planning application in Radlett for the demolition of a 5 bedroom dwelling and garage and the construction of a new 6 bedroom house with double garage, guest suite and garden room. This large and prestigious site has significant level changes and is screened with large mature trees and hedges on all boundaries.  The proposed house is orientated the same way as the existing dwelling but is of a grander scale which is more appropriate to the size of the plot. The elevations of the proposed house are symmetrical and articulated with clean lines and simple detailing.  Materials will be of high quality - the principle one being natural stone - reflect the stature of the proposed house and the surrounding area. The application is progressing and we look forward to continuing our involvement through the working drawings and construction phases.

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.

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.