Monthly Archives: May 2018

Shining Light in Cheltenham

Pittville, a beautiful area of Cheltenham featuring stunning examples of Georgian architecture, has been transformed thanks to RRA’s input and the sterling efforts of The Friends of Pittville. In 2011 RRA were appointed to assist the community and Cheltenham Borough Council to restore the ironwork and stonework plinths of the old gateway, which marks the entrance to Pittville. The existing gates had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect and air pollution had eroded the stones and corroded the ironwork –

Building Site to Building Sight

This self build project has been transformed from a 1960’s style suburban dwelling into a handsome contemporary home right in the heart of Tivoli, Cheltenham. Working with the Client, RRA assisted with drawings and technical information to bring about the transformation of what was a tired outdated old property, the result, a new contemporary home with improved energy performance features and crisply detailed cladding with glimmering windows and doors. Whilst refurb-projects attract 20% vat there is still merit in transforming existing properties,

38 Houses Approved – Sustainable Design

“It is important to prepare good accurate visual information in order to support development and to bring members of the public on board” Said the RRA Hereford project team working on this project. “Currently there is a presumption in favour of sustainable housing development in Herefordshire and now is the time to consider sites for housing development, particularly as there is a delay to conclusion of the core-strategy and many neighbourhood plans are not yet formally adopted.” Approved by

Hay Festival Pavilion – Revisited

Working with the Hay Festival team in 2010 and 2011 RRA produced a striking Oak-framed-Eco-pavilion which we had built by Oakwrights of Herefordshire. The structure was used in High Town Hereford as the Eco-ticket-pavilion to provide the people of Hereford with an opportunity to buy tickets for the Hay Festival. The pavilion was then taken down and re-erected at the festival event, creating a great shelter for reading a book and sipping on a glass of Wye Valley beer. You can watch

East London Mixed Use Scheme – Submitted for Planning

We have recently submitted a full planning application for this compact mixed-use scheme in Canning Town, East London. On the vacant site of a former smokery, RRA were appointed to improve upon the existing planning permission for the plot, with a view to maximising both the potential for increased development and improved the quality of built environment. The tight confines of the urban site

RRA Inspired – RRA’s new iPhone & iPad App

Working closely with the app developer NearPixel, to create a smart phone platform that is both graphically exciting and user friendly, the RRA Inspired app is specifically designed to give context to RRA’s projects and design inspiration, beyond flat-page reading, presenting something that is multi-layered, expansive and revolutionary for architecture. Once the app is downloaded it will be possible to experience floating text over high-definition photographs, smoothly animated navigation, project galleries, videos, full-screen views, social media and architectural design inspiration

Olympic Games – Legacy

As the UK gets excited about the Olympic games, we thought you might like to preview some of the innovative architecture that has been constructed and is ready for action at the Olympic site. These buildings are about legacy – will the UK as a result of this architecture be spirited into more sports activity? Perhaps in London! What is certain however, is architecture plays a big part in the Olympic story and these buildings highlight why. Watch the

Whitney on Wye Toll – Zero Tax

RRA is currently looking at this ancient toll bridge in Herefordshire to consider the potential to improve the accommodation whilst also providing tourism facilities, which help secure the future ongoing maintenance of the bridge. The site has the benefit of an Act of Parliament that exempts it from all tax’s – good in principle, however the annual ongoing maintenance of this historic bridge is a huge liability, hence the need to secure added tourism income to help keep toll

Contemporary Twist – Battledown

RRA has recently secured planning permission for a replacement dwelling in Battledown, Cheltenham. This split level 3 storey building is a substantial dwelling in the Californian international style. The proposed building sits well within a difficult site and accounts for; existing trees, overlooking and the scale and character of the surrounding area. The project will go to tender over the next few months.


A unique event space facility located along the Wye in Hereford in the heart of the city. RRA developed watershed as a contemporary conservation project. It was successful in being short listed for the RIBA regional awards 2007. The building is currently let to the Environment Agency whom are building the controversial flood defence scheme and are using the building as their headquarters during the works. VISIT