Image courtesy of Brick by Brick

grounded

About Us

The planet grows more complicated every day. With our unique expertise, we can help you find an elegant solution to make your piece of the world work better for everyone for generations to come.  The climate crisis is the biggest issue we face, and ensuring we tread lightly informs every decision we make. 

We are grounded.

Be it a new interior, building, landscape or piece of city, we will listen and collaborate with you to develop a design or strategy that is deliverable, joyful and value for money. We’re more than just designers. We bring lived experience of zero carbon design, development, cost management, planning and a blend of public and private sector knowledge few other architecture practice can offer.

Grounded is a member of Place Capital Group.  

About Us

Chloë Phelps
CEO

Chloë has two decades of industry experience working in both the private and public sector, as architect, developer, and planner. More than just a housing expert, she is experienced in realising high quality healthcare, hospitality and workplaces. She has held leading roles in Croydon Council’s Placemaking Team, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and most recently at Common Ground Architecture and Brick By Brick. Chloë contributes widely to the profession and is an industry leader in delivering housing on publicly owned smaller sites. She sits on the Camden Design Review Panel, is advising the GLA on their quality management guidance, is a Mentor for Public Practice Associates, an external advisor for the MA Cities Course at Central St Martin and contributes regularly to expert panels.

About Us

Accolades we’ve been part of:

2021: Featured in the RA Summer Exhibition

2021: Featured in New Architects 4 Publication

2021: Brick Awards Finalist - Croydon Smaller Sites

2021: Brick Awards Finalist - Pump House

2020: Architects’ Journal 40 under 40.

2020: Architects’ Journal AJ100 Disrupter

2018: Architects’ Journal Masterplan of the Year

2018: Housing Design Award Project Winner

2017: NLA Awards Housing Winner

2015: AJ Emerging Women in Architecture - Finalist

2015: Property Week 40 Under 40.

About Us

The planet grows more complicated every day. With our unique expertise, we can help you find an elegant solution to make your piece of the world work better for everyone for generations to come.  The climate crisis is the biggest issue we face, and ensuring we tread lightly informs every decision we make. 

We are grounded.

Be it a new interior, building, landscape or piece of city, we will listen and collaborate with you to develop a design or strategy that is deliverable, joyful and value for money. We’re more than just designers. We bring lived experience of zero carbon design, development, cost management, planning and a blend of public and private sector knowledge few other architecture practice can offer.

Grounded is a member of Place Capital Group. 

George Street Shop Frontage Courtesy of Brick By Brick

Pump House, Croydon Courtesy of Jim Stephenson

George Street Shop Frontage Courtesy of Brick By Brick / Pump House, Croydon Courtesy of Jim Stephenson

Chloë Phelps
CEO

Chloë has two decades of industry experience working in both the private and public sector, as architect, developer, and planner. More than just a housing expert, she is experienced in realising high quality healthcare, hospitality and workplaces. She has held leading roles in Croydon Council’s Placemaking Team, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and most recently at Common Ground Architecture and Brick By Brick. Chloë contributes widely to the profession and is an industry leader in delivering housing on publicly owned smaller sites. She sits on the Camden Design Review Panel, is advising the GLA on their quality management guidance, is a Mentor for Public Practice Associates, an external advisor for the MA Cities Course at Central St Martin and contributes regularly to expert panels.

Accolades we’ve been part of:

2021: Featured in the RA Summer Exhibition

2021: Featured in New Architects 4 Publication

2021: Brick Awards Finalist - Croydon Smaller Sites

2021: Brick Awards Finalist - Pump House

2020: Architects’ Journal 40 under 40.

2020: Architects’ Journal AJ100 Disrupter

2018: Architects’ Journal Masterplan of the Year

2018: Housing Design Award Project Winner

2017: NLA Awards Housing Winner

2015: AJ Emerging Women in Architecture - Finalist

2015: Property Week 40 Under 40.

Services

We can offer a range of services that extend beyond standard architectural service:

Design Services

We’re more than just housing experts we have experience through all RIBA Stages in:

  • Masterplanning & Placemaking 
  • Area Strategies
  • Regeneration plans
  • Housing (Public & Private Sectors)
  • Refurbishment
  • Workplace
  • Hospitality 
  • Healthcare
  • Interiors

Quality Management & Delivery Advice

Building on our experience of working within a client-side, public sector organisation we can provide a tailored service to ensure you get the best from your project, this may include:

  • Full brief writing, or review and critique of yours.
  • Development specification.
  • Critical friend or design guardian role.
  • Advice on commissioning design teams.
  • Delivery & quality management plan.
  • Review of Employers Requirements and design standards.
  • Review of procurement process.
  • Value Engineering and/or design review.

Construction Monitoring

If you are novating a design team, it is wise to maintain a client side design advisor to review any technical submissions from the contractor. This is particularly important to ensure you are getting the product that is set out in the Employers Requirements and Contractors Proposals. We have experience of working with a range of contractors and architects. We can be employed during the construction stages:

  • Review contractor design documents to ensure they represent the design in the Employers Requirements.
  • Review any proposed contractor changes to the design.
  • Quality monitoring of construction through site visits.
  • Review of benchmarks.

Selected Projects

Bramley Hill Estate
Common Ground Architecture for Brick By Brick. 
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Pump House, South Norwood
Common Ground Architecture for Brick By Brick. 
Courtesy of Jim Stephenson & Brick By Brick
Trellis Mews, Croydon
12 new homes on a former garage site.
Courtesy of Pillar Visuals
George Street Workspace
Georgian townhouse converted to contemporary work space.
Trellis Mews, Croydon
12 new homes on a former garage site.
Courtesy of Pillar Visuals
Croydon Shop Front
Retail frontage in a conservation area. 
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Croydon Smaller Sites Programme
Delivery masterplan to create new homes on small sites.
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Fairfield Homes
83 new homes and commercial space.
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Bramley Hill Estate
Common Ground Architecture for Brick By Brick. 
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Pump House, South Norwood
Common Ground Architecture for Brick By Brick. 
Courtesy of Jim Stephenson & Brick By Brick
George Street Workspace
Georgian townhouse converted to contemporary work space.
Trellis Mews, Croydon
12 new homes on a former garage site.
Courtesy of Pillar Visuals
Croydon Shop Front
Retail frontage in a conservation area. 
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Croydon Smaller Sites Programme
Delivery masterplan to create new homes on small sites.
Courtesy of Brick By Brick
Fairfield Homes
83 new homes and commercial space.
Courtesy of Brick By Brick

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to us about your project, or you would like us to let you know when our full website is live, please call us or send us an email.

Phone: 0203 488 9422
E-mail: hello@grounded-practice.com

Address
Ground Floor (Right)
5 Maidstone Building Mews
72-76 Borough High Street
London, SE1 1GN