Monthly Archives: April 2018

VAT U-Turn – Not quite yet

Following what the Chancellor has called ‘consultation’ on VAT on listed buildings the Zero-rating will now be allowed for eligible approved alterations on projects where listed building consent had been applied for before 21st March 2012 (not just where a signed written contract was in place before Budget Day) and these projects will continue to benefit from zero-rating on works completed to 30th September 2015. Our prediction is Gov’t. will rescind it’s Listed Building VAT policy altogether – as

At RRA architects this month…

Cotswolds, London style…help us to grew new business in London – get in touch with our sister company in Hampton, South West London T: 020 8941 8891 W: Also this month we focus on planning, VAT, olympic architecture, and a delightful toll bridge at Whitney on Wye. George Osbourne’s budget, or lack of, depending on your point of view, has once again taken a u-turn by delaying the application of VAT on works to listed buildings – for now at least.

Greyfriars Gate

MADE has given a strong endorsement for the Greyfriars Gate project currently submitted for planning and featured in ‘First Look’ Building Design 7th June. The residential project is raising important issues for the city of Hereford. Flooding, affordable housing, density and sustainable transport are all being considered. It remains to be seen if the local planning department has the confidence to give it the green light.

At RRA this month…

After five years of RRA e-newletters we felt the need for an update and a little celebration… We have introduced more exciting imagery, more construction industry news links and we announce the launch of RRA’s exciting new smartphone app. RRA Inspired is true to our core philosophy of innovative design. Created and developed by NearPixel, the new RRA Inspired app uses the latest smartphone publishing technology to take RRA to a whole new level. We join a number of


We thought we would catch up with our Grand Designs project to see how it is faring. Hillcott barn was completed and aired on TV in 2006. The current owners bought the site some years ago and have spent time and money upgrading facilities. We think they have made a superb job and think you will like the interior shots of what is a mouth wateringly contemporary barn conversion.


Although we have not had the best weather this summer RRA has completed a project for an outside dining area, which features a bbq, pizza oven, open fire and sedum roof and due to the fact the structure was below four metres it did not require planning permission. The end result adds substantial value to the clients property and makes for enjoyable inside outside living. If you feel your garden could benefit from some summery outdoor space, contact


RRA made a splash this month whilst presenting a scheme design for the restoration of an historic public open air swimming pool. The proposed design features bathing booths, improved changing facilities and upgraded heating and plumbing technology and a celebration of outdoor bathing which has existed on the site from 1869. RRA’s idea is about promoting events and how the end result will generate a whole new community of bathers for the 21st century.

At RRA this month…

Happy New Year to all our newsletter readers. What can we expect in 2013?… more of the same? We hope not as it is about time development picked up. We predict that things may be improving for the year ahead. Here are some things we think we should be looking out for in 2013: • Already starting – in the South East increased housing development • As the retail high street is transformed, more change of use development • An easing off of Euro relations

At RRA this month…

2012 – what a treasure trove for culture – a diamond, 64 golds, 60 silvers, 62 bronzes and a $120,000,000 painting.* Sadly, these riches didn’t quite translate across the British economy, and as we end the fourth year of recession, RRA finds the construction industry still struggling. But, it is the season of goodwill and Christmas cheer, so let’s look to 2013 and hope it will bring the treasures of health, happiness and prosperity. To start the goodwill we are giving away


RRA has redesigned Skylon for the Hereford Enterprise Park. This 48m high structure will capture the imagination to inspire all visitors to Hereford and encourage hi-tech business to flourish within the county. A sponsor is needed to make this bold statement. £300k will secure this dream for the people of Hereford. Do you know someone who wishes to leave a legacy for Hereford? Contact the office for more information.