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December 2020

We are very grateful to our clients who contributed toward helping several families in Sri Lanka with a much needed pack of essentials food, toys etc., for Christmas. Most of these families have been stuck in small flats since October when curfew was imposed in various areas owing to Covid outbreaks. This small gesture through the efforts of a friend have blessed them to know that people care.

COVID - 19 

November 2020


It's that time of year! Spread the JOY!

"It helped us teach our little ones to understand how blessed we are in this part of the world. We would choose a gender and age group to match our children's gender and age, and buy gifts that our children would love for themselves which taught them to give the way that they would like to recieve." 


Pack a box from the comfort of your computer! The Samaritan's Purse website states that this year’s Shoebox Online campaign will be delivered to children in Moldova, who currently live in particularly difficult family situations.

If you would like to help, please go to -

COVID-19 Update

August 2020

Utilising phones and video calling facilities for consultations, Gruhe Architects is conducting business as usual. We have found that our online meetings are as good as sitting around a table. Preparing for an online meeting is much easier as the computer offers the possibility of not just being able to virtually see our clients, but to sketch designs and share information on one another's screens. We have found that this makes much better use of time and is a far easier tool to use as it is better understood. 

May 2019

SRI LANKA - Help for Victims

Standing Together to Support the Hurting

April 21st 2019 changed Sri Lanka and reversed the resurgence the island was enjoying after the end of the civil war a decade earlier. Over 300 people lost their lives and several hundreds were injured. 


We have chosen to support World Vision and their efforts on the ground to work with, equip and support the affected communities for the long term; providing mobility support, counselling, psychological first aid training, livelihood training, education packages and programmes etc.

If you would like to help, please contact us for more details.

August  2018

Water Tower, Fernwood

Planning Consent Granted

Owing to concerns raised by Nottinghamshire Highways regarding the number of proposed parking spaces, the application was decided by Planning Committee with complimentary observations regarding the design and a favorable outcome for the Client and the future of the Water Tower.













Following a successful Pre-planning application submission, our Client instructed us to proceed with a Full Plans submission comprising the standard Plans, Elevations, Design & Access document along with Refuse and Parking strategies to enable a clear explanation of the thought process.

BBC East Midlands 7 BBC Radio Nottingham met with our Client and ourselves on April 20th for brief interviews, as the proposals have generated much local interest.

April  2018

Awaiting Planning Consent 

May 2016

EVENT - Grand Designs Live

Date   – Monday 2th May 2016

Time   – 10.00am to 6.00pm

Venue – Excel, London

Michael Cooray will represent the RIBA at ‘Ask an Expert’, Grand Designs Live. Specialised in Sustainability, Michael is passionate about Good Design that is also Practical & Fresh. If this is of interest to you, then please check Grand Design Live 'Ask an Expert' to pre-book your preferred time slot with a RIBA Chartered Architect.


April  2016

EVENT - Home Building & Renovating Show

Date   – Saturday 16th April 2016

Time   – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Venue – NEC, Birmingham

Michael Cooray will represent the RIBA at ‘Ask an Expert’, Home Building & Renovating Show. Specialised in Sustainability, Michael is passionate about Good Design that is also Practical & Fresh. If this is of interest to you, then please check Home Building & Renovating Show for further information.

November  2015


Take your box to a collection centre by 18th November the latest

Having recently had the opportunity to meet with a representative of ‘Samaritans Purse’, we have been moved to go beyond our personal annual Shoe Box preparations. We also decided to email all our clients and associates about this worthy cause.


For those who might not be entirely aware, 'Operation Christmas Child’ (OCC), is an arm of Samaritans Purse which is a U.K registered charity. OCC has been in function for the last 22 years giving children across the globe something extra special at Christmas time - all inside a Shoebox. Their efforts have also focused on areas affected by Natural disaster and War. This year, OCC intend to trek alongside some of the Syrian refugees with these special gifts of love.


There are many valuable causes these days, as we see so much need around us and we are certain that many support such, however, please do consider the big impact of the little Shoebox.


If you would like to, you could donate either by -




Taking time to pack a Shoebox online or shopping for a child somewhere out there to whom a couple of colour pencils, a toy, a toothbrush, notebook, scarf etc., might make a memory they will cherish for life!


Please remember that to get to their destinations on time, the boxes have to reach collection centres by the 18th of November 2015 the latest.


“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

- Hamilton Wright Mabie

October 2015

Grand Designs Live

Exciting day at 'Grand Designs Live' in Birmingham, discussing and advising about various matters relating to construction but in particular how to add value by thoughtful design and planning, rather than just considering the 'sum of the parts'. It is very gratifying to be able to discuss so many projects in such a limited time, especially when clients have been pleasantly surprised by the potential of their projects!

August 2015

Gruhe on Channel 5 TV 

Gruhe Architects participates in a Channel 5 Home makeover TV show  


A recent project completed by Gruhe Architects in Birmingham, was filmed as part of a Channel 5 Home makeover show. This will be aired in October / November 2015

'ASK an Architect'

Interesting afternoon discussing various scenario's including the potential purchase and conversion of a listed building as well as trying to rearrange an existing ground floor to create a new washroom, larger open-plan Kitchen / Dining and also the potential of extending a recently purchased house.

EVENT - 'ASK an Architect'

July / August 2015

Dates  – 25th July & 22th August 2015

Time   – 10.00am to 2.00pm

Venue – Costa Coffee, 77-83 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 2TT


Dates  – 15th July & 12th August 2015

Time   – 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Venue – Costa Coffee, High Street, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0NT

Whether you are considering a New Build, are unsure about a scheme, have a problem on site, need a second opinion, thinking of Extending your property (whatever its type or size), or if you are simply an aspiring Architect who would like to know what an Architects job is really like... then Gruhe Architects can share our knowledge and experience to assist you.


Having participated in several similar Design Surgery sessions through the RIBA, Gruhe Architects in conjunction with ‘Love Architecture 2015’, are organising 2 evenings of pre-booked appointments that are free and will last approximately 30 minutes each. If this is of interest to you, then please contact us by email or phone to pre-book your preferred time slot.


Please note – Any advice / sketches will be based on the information you give us, so it is in your best interests to ensure that the information provided is as accurate and as detailed as possible. Photographs, floor plans, inspirational images etc. will help us understand your requirements better. All clients are advised to arrive 5 minutes prior to their allocated appointment time.

For further details or to Book your Appointment, please contact Gruhe Architects.

June 2015

‘Sketch Master Plan for Eco Resort, Puttalam, Sri Lanka’

Gruhe Architects were commissioned by a private client for the sketch masterplan of an Eco Resort on an approximately 6 acre portion of headland with waterfronts on either sides.

The work began informally some months before with some strategic discussions regarding the concept and general sustainability ethos. Gruhe is currently working on the space requirements which will help the client refine the generic brief. We have also begun drafting a concept paper which will inform the direction of the masterplan.

May  2015

EVENT - Grand Designs Live

Date   – Saturday 9th May 2015

Time   – 10.00am to 6.00pm

Venue – Excel, London

Michael Cooray will represent the RIBA at ‘Ask an Expert’, Grand Designs Live. Specialised in Sustainability, Michael is passionate about Good Design that is also Practical & Fresh. If this is of interest to you, then please check Grand Design Live 'Ask an Expert' to pre-book your preferred time slot with a RIBA Chartered Architect.



Publication - "Why an Architect?"

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