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If you’re looking for the best architects in West London and interested in massively effective projects delivered on time and needing minimal revisions, you’re going to love working with us.

We work on residential projects in Fulham, Hammersmith, Earl’s Court, Olympia, Shepherd’s Bush, Brook Green, Baron’s Court, Ravenscourt Park and Chiswick.

Since 2013, we’ve been working with the planning and building control departments of Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow councils on projects from extensions to new build houses, so we know their local planning policies, building regulations and requirements inside out.

Recognised as one of the best residential architecture firms in the South-East of England, we work across the entire residential architecture spectrum with construction budgets of 100k - 10m. With a proven track record delivering home extensions, flat conversions, HMOs, new build houses and flats, we deliver incredibly successful projects for national house builders and seasoned property developers right through to first-time investors and homeowners.

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Throughout the planning, design, and construction journey's highs and lows, you'll find our team open, communicative, and down-to-earth. Unlike numerous architecture practices, we consistently endeavour to underpromise and overdeliver.

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We serve homeowners and developers throughout West London

This includes: SW10, SW12, W4,W6, W12, W14

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What makes West London so special?

This part of London is defined by the dramatic twists of the Thames – the A4 runs broadly east-west through Hammersmith, yet it goes from being less than 100m from the river to over 2.5km away. If you stand outside of Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage, you can see over to Chiswick on the same bank of the Thames, but Barnes (on the other side of the river) lies in between. No wonder not just visitors but born-and-bred Londoners get confused.

The character of the riverside swings from industrial to lushly verdant, with a number of sporting institutions – including the very-grand-indeed Hurlingham Club – based along here. And, as previously mentioned, Craven Cottage – arguably the Premier League football stadium with the loveliest location. As outsiders are sometimes surprised to discover, it’s not the only top-flight ground in Fulham, though – a brisk half-hour walk takes you to Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, which (scandalously for some) is not actually in Chelsea.

Head inland and things get proudly urban up in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush. There’s an abundance of cultural venues in the area, from Riverside Studios and the Lyric Hammersmith to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, where Charlie Chaplin once performed, and the Bush Theatre. For the theatre of real life, pop along to Shepherd’s Bush Market.

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The architecture of West London

We’ve already mentioned a couple of our favourite buildings in this part of the world – Craven Cottage and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which is Grade II listed. But for some deeper history, there’s Fulham Palace, emphatically Grade I. For many centuries the home of the Bishop of London, parts of the Palace date back to the 12th Century.

Further west, the neo-Palladian Chiswick House (also Grade I-listed) is one of the highlights of 18th-century architecture in the capital.

Less grand, but (we’d argue) no less important in the history of London architecture are St Paul’s Studios on Talgarth Road in Baron’s Court. These extraordinary homes – completed in 1891 – were designed for “bachelor artists”. Their floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor were not something often seen in the 19th century! And we love the rest of the detailing, too.

If your tastes run to early modernism, then there’s Charles Holden’s lovely Chiswick Park tube station. Our lowlight – although some fans of postmodernism may disagree – is the vast early 1990s building in the middle of Hammersmith that contains the District and Piccadilly Line stations, plus the Broadway Shopping Centre, and a lot more.

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Planning applications in West London

In the year ending December 2022, Hammersmith & Fulham council received 1,663 planning applications and approved 92% of those applications submitted.

Our expertise in planning applications means we have a 97% success rate of getting planning permission for our clients (across all councils). West London is a place where we have a deep knowledge of the workings of the local authorities. As our client, you will increase your chances of getting planning consent for your project by working with us.

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Most popular projects for homeowners

Our projects for homeowners in West London have mostly been roof conversions and extensions. Mansards are particularly popular in this part of the world, but the councils won’t say yes on every street, so getting an expert view of what your chances are before you begin can save a lot of money.

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Most popular projects for developers

Our portfolio of projects for developers in West London spans from property conversions to high-end renovations. We boast a solid track record of delivering imaginative projects for seasoned property developers and investors

“ Ufuk Bahar explained everything from the beginning of the listed building consent application process. I felt very comfortable with his expertise. I would use their services again. ”

John J. — London

“ Thank you very much Urbanist Architecture for helping me with my change of use planning application that got approved. Special thank you to Nicole, who worked with her heart to deal with my case (a very difficult case and with a very difficult case officer), highly recommended. Thank you very much!!! ”

Hung V. — London

“ Thank you all. You worked on our project with clarity and determination. I will work with you again. ”

Kristin J. — London
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This is a part of the world with ever-changing moods - nobody is ever going to mistake Strand-on-the-Green for Shepherd’s Bush Green - but we’re in tune with them all, and we reckon that’s what you are after when you choose someone to help you improve your home.
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Creative Director & Senior Architect
Robin Callister

BA(Hons) Dip.Arch MA ARB RIBA
Creative Director & Senior Architect

Portrait of Robin Callister, BA(Hons) Dip.Arch MA ARB RIBA
Creative Director & Senior Architect

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We specialise in crafting creative design and planning strategies to unlock the hidden potential of developments, secure planning permission and deliver imaginative projects on tricky sites

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