Weiss Architecture Studio

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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.

Boast Architects recently obtained planning permission for this single storey rear extension to an existing bungalow in Stevenage.  The existing garage will be converted to open up the space for a new kitchen and utility room, and the existing bathroom will be reconfigured.  The extension will be finished in vertical timber cladding and a feature eaves window gives views through to the garden from the new entrance hall.  We were also appointed by the client to produce the building regulations drawings, which have now been completed and submitted to building control to attain approval.

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)

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.