About Us


Following a prize-winning career at University and ten years working in private practice in London, Paul Grout set up on his own account in the Lake District, a long term objective, in 1987. He moved his office from Heversham to Kendal in 2010.


Paul Grout Associates is, although small, a properly constituted and organised chartered architectural practice. The practice is design orientated – designing is the work that Paul enjoys most – and this has often involved proposals for difficult sites and situations.

The practice has received a number of design awards from respected organisations including the Civic Trust and the Lake District National Park Planning Authority and has several favorable references in Pevsner.

On the link below, you will find a brief statement that Paul has written about his approach to design generally.

A personal approach to design

In addition, Paul has extensive practical experience of the conservation and repair of many historic buildings, including many Churches in the Carlisle Diocese of the Church of England and several Methodist Chapels.  He is also currently the appointed architect to the Conference and Retreat House, Rydal Hall and a member of the Carlisle Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.

The vast majority of the work carried out by the practice to date has come from the personal recommendations of previous clients.


Paul has been a Corporate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and registered with the Architects Registration Board since 1978.

Liverpool University School of Architecture:

Professional Practice Examinations (RIBA Part III) –  passed in 1978  (awarded University Commendation)

Bachelor of Architecture with Honours (RIBA Part II) – graduated in 1976

Nottingham University School of Architecture:

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (RIBA Part I) – graduated in 1973  (awarded an Exhibition Prize for design work)


family-photoPaul is married to Elaine who is a local GP. The family home is in Milnthorpe, eight miles south of Kendal. The photo was taken at the opening of the restoration of the Rydal Hall Gardens and shows Paul with his daughter Emily and Elaine and her daughter Sarah.


The practice can be engaged in a number of ways and enquiries should be made direct to Paul Grout – see the ‘Contact’ page of the website.
For conventional appointments, please refer to the link below for the standard terms and conditions that apply.

Standard Terms and Conditions