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,

Alex Whibley joins the team

  RRA Architects are pleased to welcome Alex Whibley as an architectural technologist to our expanding team to assist in growing new business, supporting client liaison & building technology. Alex joins RRA as an associate and brings with him a wealth of experience of working within commercial and residential sectors all over Herefordshire, Shropshire, the Cotswolds and Wales. Alex has designed and detailed many complex projects in his career, and we are looking forward to him working on some of our up and

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 is intrigued by BBC2’s new series ‘The Planners’ will they be portrayed as villains, or become national heros, pitched in battle against evil developers? What is certain is ‘The Architects’ is bound to be a follow up series. You can watch ‘The Planners’ on BBC2 series here.