The Grey House


An existing large site in the centre of Berkhamsted with an existing Victorian house, set in a conservation area - a Heritage asset. The challenge was to glean a suitable planning permission to maximise the development potential of the site, whilst enhancing the character of the area. Our client then sold the site to a developer, who completed the building works.


  • The existing house was designed to be overhauled and a much needed face lift was executed by the development.
  • A range of Character homes were designed in a courtyard theme with a shared cobbled access.
  • The site was steep and the upper range were cut into the chalk so that the courtyard was all read on one level.
  • We produced a scale model for the planning application that aided the planners and councillors to visualise the propose development.