26.05.2021 Common Ground Architecture picked for Archiboo pitch 'The Office Is Dead. Long Live the office!'
Archiboo image 2.JPG

We are one of seven architects shortlisted to pitch ideas to General Projects for the next generation of workplace design that reflects the shift to hybrid working post-covid. Join the event June 21st!

"We can’t wait to host the event in June and are looking forward to meeting some of the brightest architectural talent the UK has to offer" says Ben Cross of General Projects.

Click here to read the full article

Click here to read the brief

[PDF] Seven chosen for the Architect Pitch - Archiboo
25.04.2021 Common Ground Architecture featured in The Observer
PumpHouse-JimStephenson-1 WebRes.jpg

Pump House featured in The Observer! The article is a review of the Architecture Foundation's new book (out now!).

We spoke to Rowan Moore to discuss how we are taking practical and meaningful steps to influence the bit of the world we can, to address the challenges we all face; climate, Housing and a fairer world. Good architecture should be for the everyday, and be accessible to everyone.

'One serious attempt is being made by Common Ground Architecture... it is not trying to change the world, but to change the bit of it that it can influence.'

Click here to read the full article.

[PDF] Guardian _ 'Britain’s best young architects raise their sights'
23.04.2021 Common Ground Architecture featured in New Architects 4

We are delighted to be featured in the Architecture Foundation's new book, New Architects 4! It celebrates some of the best emerging architecture practices in the UK. Click here to get your copy.

11.12.2020 Common Ground Architecture named an AJ 40 Under 40 emerging practice for 2020
30.09.2020 Chloë Phelps is featured in Concrete Quarterly 'Mid-century Croydon - A town that just went with it'
24.09.2020 Pump House featured in Architecture Today
PumpHouse-JimStephenson-3 WebRes.jpg

To celebrate its completion, Pump House is featured in Architecture Today.

[PDF] Pump House in Architecture Today 24.09.20
24.09.2020 Common Ground Architecture named an AJ100 Disruptor
27.08.2020 Bramley Hill is granted planning permission
Bramley Hill_CGI2

Bramley Hill was been awarded planning permission in Croydon Council’s virtual planning committee on Thursday 27th August - the meeting was held digitally in response to coronavirus restrictions. 

The development proposes 58 new homes across seven infill sites in two existing South Croydon estates. The adopted ‘pattern book’ design approach ensures that the buildings both integrate well with their surroundings and reflect the ‘best bits’ of the local context. 

15.07.2020 Pump House reaches completion!
Station Road Facade

Pump House in South Norwood reached completion in July, soon to be home to new residents. The ground floor library will be handed over to Croydon Council in the coming months. 

30.04.2020 Fairfield Homes is granted planning permission
Fairfield Homes_CGI

Fairfield Homes has been awarded planning permission in the first 'virtual' Planning Committee undertaken by Croydon Council since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The development includes 421 new homes designed by MICA Architects and Common Ground Architecture (Block E), and is set to go on site by the end of the year.

03.07.2019 Common Ground Architecture featured in the Architects' Journal
13.06.2019 Common Ground Architecture goes to the London Real Estate Forum

Common Ground Architecture and Brick by Brick will be hosting a breakfast ‘London Borough’s breakfast’ where CEO Colm Lacey will be talking about our recent work in Croydon and how Brick by Brick is one of a new breed of council-led development companies seeking to implement a more equitable form of development.

24.04.2019 Station Road’s progress on site
Station Road_progress2

Station Road is making good progress on site with the steel frame recently completed and brickwork commencing soon. 

The building is set for completion in October 2019. 

08.04.2019 Walking Tour with Chloe Phelps featured on The Developer podcast

Our Head of Design Chloe Phelps has been featured in The Developer podcast, talking about our new approach to housing delivery with Christine Murray. 

Take a listen here

10.03.2019 Brick by Brick’s Office and Shop opens on George Street
George Street_finished shop front

Common Ground Architecture has successfully renovated 62 George Street; a Victorian terrace and shopfront, now home to Brick by Brick and CGA’s offices on the upper floors. The ground floor shop replicates the size and finish of a one bedroom flat for anyone interested in living in a Brick by Brick home.

04.12.2018 Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins the AJ Masterplan of the Year
Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins the AJ Masterplan of the Year Award 2018

Common Ground Architecture is delighted to announce that their work with Brick by Brick for the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme has won the Masterplan of the Year Award at The Architects Journal Awards 2018. Congratulations also to HTA, Mae, Stitch, Mikhail Riches, Pitman Tozer Architects, Coffey Architects & vPPR.

The jury said: ‘This is a ground-breaking approach. The programme has created a strategy for maximising leftover spaces in the borough and making sure these were developed using an innovative model, which was at the same time ambitious for quality and equitable for the citizens of Croydon. Rather than development being done to the borough, the borough is driving its own development.’

CGA’s Station Road featured as one of the sites in the masterplan.

22.08.2018 Planning Permission granted for George Street
George Street CGI

We have been granted planning consent for our new contemporary shopfront on George Street in Croydon.

The new shopfront and office will be the public face of Brick by Brick and Common Ground Architecture, adding depth and vibrancy to the street.

14.08.2018 Common Ground Architecture featured in ES Homes & Property
03.08.2018 Coombe Road featured in the Architects' Journal
05.07.2018 Planning Permission granted for Coombe Road
Coombe Road CGI

We have been granted planning consent for our housing scheme in Coombe Road, Fairfield. Located within the Croydon Opportunity Area, this scheme transforms a corner plot that has been left vacant since it was bomb damaged in World War II to provide nine new homes.

02.07.2018 Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins Housing Design Award

We are extremely pleased to be part of the ‘Project Winner’ team at the Housing Design Awards 2018, with the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme

A big congratulations for our client Brick by Brick, and our collaborating architectural practices; Mae, HTA, Stitch, Mikhail Riches, Pitman Tozer, vPPR and Coffey.

01.06.2018 ‘Suburban Identities’ at the London Festival of Architecture

The suburbs, and Croydon, in particular present a real opportunity to tackle the city's acute housing shortage by carefully managing the densification of these places in a way that is true to their character and affordability, whilst making them more diverse and vibrant places to live and work...”

Common Ground Architecture are very proud to launch Suburban Identities; an exhibition curated on behalf of Brick by Brick for the London Festival of Architecture 2018. This public exhibition explores Brick by Brick’s Smaller Sites Programme in the London Borough of Croydon, creating characterful and well-designed new homes that everyday people can enjoy.  

On display until 30th June 2018 at RISE Gallery, 7-9 St. George’s Walk, Croydon. Admission is free.

09.05.2018 ‘The Future Starts Here’ exhibition at the V&A Museum
V&A Model

A model of our Station Road project is on display at The Future Starts Here exhibition at the V&A Museum. Our model represents new homes under construction by the public sector. Led by Brick by Brick, a property development company established by Croydon Council, it shows how local governments are becoming more entrepreneurial in efforts to address the housing crisis. 

On display until 4th November 2018 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

23.03.2018 Planning Permission granted for Avenue Road
Avenue Road Colour

We have been granted planning consent for our second housing scheme. Located on Avenue Road in South Norwood, this scheme will transform an old garage site into a tranquil development of 12 new homes for sale and affordable rent.

31.01.2018 Common Ground Architecture Featured in Architecture Today
Architecture Today Intro

Chloe Phelps explains the Common Ground Architecture Model in Architecture Today

17.11.2017 Q&A with Chloe Phelps Featured in the Architects' Journal
14.11.2017 Common Ground Architecture Featured in the Architects' Journal
06.07.2017 Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins NLA Award

We are very pleased to be part of the winning team for the Housing category at this year’s NLA awards, with the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme.

Congratulations to our client Brick by Brick and our collaborating architectural teams: Coffey, HTA, Mae, Mikhail Riches, Pitman Tozer, Stitch and vPPR.

19.05.2017 Planning Permission Granted for Station Road

We have won planning consent for our first housing scheme on Station Road in South Norwood. The scheme brings a currently vacant site back into use providing 14 new homes and a commercial space.