Business Description

Fox-Groves Architecture is a RIBA Chartered Practice led by Architect Michael Groves. Based in Kent, we predominantly work in the South East, but we also have projects nationwide.

We specialise in high-quality residential design, working on everything from residential refurbishments, extensions and loft conversions through to new, low-energy homes and multi-unit residential schemes.  Michael also has substantial previous experience working on award-winning cultural, hospitality, commercial and education projects.

Our aim is to guide our clients through an enjoyable design journey to create spaces that bring joy and fulfilment. We strive to deliver high-quality, sustainable design.

We can offer a full suite of services from project inception through to completion, and guide clients throughout the entire design and construction process.

Business sector
Highfield (Low-energy home)

A-rated, low-energy home which replaced a dilapidated 1960s bungalow. The house is situated in the Green Belt on the edge of the Peak District and required us to demonstrate ‘very special circumstances’ to achieve planning approval.

The house adopts a  ‘fabric first’ approach, and includes low carbon technologies such as Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), air source heat pumps and solar panels. 

Old Post Office Cottages

The house is situated within the Green Belt and beautiful Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has already been extended in the past, which made the route to gaining planning permission more complex, due to local policy requirements. 

The client approached Fox-Groves Architecture to improve the internal layout across ground and first floors, along with the replacement of an existing detached garage to provide a new kitchen extension. The replacement extension takes cues from agricultural buildings in the area – which have simple forms, timber cladding and metal roofs – and is intended to appear separate
and subservient to the main house. A low-level link connects the extension with the main house.

​We are currently working through the technical design, specifying natural building materials and materials with low-embodied carbon wherever possible, including wood-fibre insulation, timber frame and timber-cladding.