Monthly Archives: May 2018

Designing Dutch Barn Conversions

Over the years RRA has been a regular contributor to the world of barn conversions especially given our Grand Design success with Hillcott Barn, and now Dutch barns are the new hot-property residential building solution, which is one of Britain’s current successful property development opportunities. In December last year we explored the secret to unlocking a successful Dutch barn conversion and obtained planning permission for a Dutch Barn which was located in open countryside within a remote village of Herefordshire. The

First Look – Balcarras Music School Remodelled

RRA are delighted to reveal proposals for ‘The Music School’, an extension to the music department at Balcarras School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Our plans have been submitted for planning approval, and will represent an exciting addition to an institution already recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding school with ‘inspirational teaching’. The proposals are the result of a close working collaboration between RRA, Balcarras School and Cheltenham based construction firm, Dowdeswell Estates. The scheme seeks to expand upon the existing music department,

Converted House of Townscape Merit, Barnes

  This substantial Grade II Listed townhouse in Castelnau has been transformed, thanks to RRA’s expertise in working with minimal glass detailing, to achieve a classic London whole house remodelling and back-extension, with a difference. Located in Barnes, south west London, this project is a good example of how planning permission can be obtained, for a house of ‘Townscape Merit’, especially when the right professional team is selected, to deliver a complex planning application, for substantial London townhouse heritage. The project encountered bats,

Cheltenham Excited by Church Reordering Proposals

The local community of Cheltenham, were invited by Rev Nick Davies to view exciting RRA plans and proposals, which set out a future-vision for the proposed re-ordering of St Philip and St James church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. You can see Nick’s vision for his parish at the following link. The assembled gathering were impressed with the RRA design ideas and the opportunities to enhance, not only the church interior, but to create a new public “piazza” in front of

RRA digging deep near the London Wetland Centre

Excavation and demolition is moving on apace at RRA’s extensive basement extension and house refurbishment project in Barnes, southwest London. The programme for the first phase of the works is six months and will be followed by the above-ground works and the house refurbishment and decoration. Detailed discussions have been had with the neighbours who are also excavating at the same time with no abatement in our progress. The project’s basement phase is being

Why use an architect?

A Client-Centred Service RRA architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. We are adept at identifying the aspirations and needs of our clients, as architects we bring our special skills, knowledge and experience to every project. Value for Money Not only can RRA provide value for money, but our professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of materials and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and

New Facade for Fulham

This refurbishment and new build church project may get to see the light-of-day if funding can be found to support the SDA church in their ambition to create an impressive minimalist facade right on Lille Road, in Fulham, London. Works are currently underway to improve facilities to the side of the building.


Cheltenham’s Pittville Gates, constructed in 1836, are now being restored thanks to RRA’s efforts assisting The Friends of Pittville and Cheltenham Borough Council. Following The Queen’s grant of royal approval (see letter here) to allow the re dedication of the gates in Her Majesty’s name. Over the next three months the new stone piers are being reinstated, the gates being restored and the whole area re-landscaped over two phases.


Back in June RRA showed you the structural framing system of this subterranean property in the village of Toddington, Gloucestershire. This month the steel frame is now erected and clad in Cotswold stone and the glazing system is being installed. As the project nears completion the sedum roof will be placed on the roof construction. If you are thinking of using Sedum on your roof construction as a green alternative solution, please contact:


RRA Architects is pleased to announce the strengthening of our commitment to heritage and conservation work within the built environment given the appointment of Peter Taylor, formally of Stainburn Taylor. Peter has experience of working with over 300 churches in 7 separate diocese around the country and produces excellent conservation work recognized at a national level. RRA Architects is delighted to welcome Peter into the practice particularly as we look to increasing our involvement with church communities across the UK.