Monthly Archives: June 2018

Call for Housing Land – Herefordshire SHLAA

  Herefordshire Council calls for landowners who may have sites for possible future housing development The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is one of a number of evidence based and supporting studies produced or commissioned by local councils to inform the preparation of the new planning policy relating to housing delivery. Local Plans set out the planning policies to guide development in local areas and define the use of the land in a district, usually over a 15 to 20 year

Student Halls restored for next generation

  Regents University London is delighted to announce substantial progress of ongoing repairs to heritage and listed fabric within their main campus estate in central London. Confirmed spending towards the repair of the timber casement windows of the Grade II Listed Halls of Residence and its adjoining buildings will help to ensure that the University buildings will be watertight for future generations to come. RRA has been working closely with RUL and the Crown Estate’s administrators to restore a significant number of

Community Church brought back to life

We are pleased to announce that RRA has been appointed by the Hereford Diocese following submission of a successful bid to carry out conservation repairs and the reordering of a closed church building in South Herefordshire. Originally founded in the 12th Century, the church of St Michael, at Brampton Abbots, boasts typical Norman architecture with surviving examples of Romanesque detailing. After a close inspection of historic records, we found that the church has a rich and vibrant history. The church, dedicated

Be Inspired by Sustainable Art Gallery Buildings

Over the last few years we have been working with Canwood Gallery a non-for-profit gallery set up with the goal of exhibiting thought provoking art within the beautiful and inspiring countryside of Herefordshire and whose profits will be donated to St Bart’s hospital. The gallery owner, a retired farmer, became critically ill with leukemia as a young man and was sent down to Bart’s hospital in London, to take part in a medical trial as a last ditch attempt to try

Sibling Gin ‘Warming Party’ at Dowdeswell Park

April saw the Sibling Gin Distillery’s ‘warming party’ in their new premises on the exciting Dowdeswell Park development. As mentioned in our last newsletter Siblings Gin has taken the Gin world by storm since it’s launch less than 4 years ago and the rapid success meant their original set up was struggling to cope with the manufacturing volumes required. The new facility on Dowdeswell Park houses their whole manufacturing process and even includes a tasting room for guests. On the night

Canwood Gallery exhibition

X Marks The Spot – apparently that spot is at Canwood Gallery

The RRA designed Canwood Gallery, a wonderful venue nestled deep within rural Herefordshire with the feel of a secret location, hosted a temporary exhibition at the end of April;  ‘X Marks the Spot’ of a secluded Herefordshire idyll where, during April this year, a diverse group of emerging artists have organised, marketed and installed an exhibition of their work. ‘X Marks the Spot’ where you can explore an array of multi-media Fine Art across three unique exhibition spaces. Although X marks is

RRA are proud to be sponsoring the Cherry and Whites

  https://www.rraarchitects.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Rugby_Banner_annimation3.mp4 Congratulations to Gloucester Rugby on their triumphant 46-26 scoreline against Cardiff on the 1st April. It was a phenomenal match with virtually non-stop action from both sides, particularly when the Cherry and Whites stormed away with try after try in the last 30 minutes of the game. Next match will be against Stade Rochelais in La Rochelle on 22nd April. It was a pretty special game for RRA too who have just signed a sponsorship deal running into 2018. Premiering at the

Proud Sponsors of Fresh: Art Fair

RRA are extremely proud to be the partners of the first major contemporary art fair in the Cotswolds, Fresh: Art Fair held at the fabulous Cheltenham Racecourse Centaur Centre.  RRA Managing Director, Mark Powles, was keen to partner the event, “art and architecture are both about highly personal and subjective creations, it simply felt appropriate for us to support the fair.” In particular, RRA has sponsored the installation of Sophie Ryder’s ‘Torsos’ for the fair, which was a rather bigger

Camels in the Cotswolds

Andoversford Point To Point promised a “great family day out” and didn’t they deliver. A record crowd of over 6000 people attended to enjoy the event, officially known as the ‘Robert Hitchins Andoversford Grand Annual Meeting’ after the main sponsors. RRA went along, also as sponsors and to experience the thrill of this classic piece of racing history.   A wonderful day was had by all with the sun beaming down over the rolling Cotswold hills and the camels thundering down the racecourse –

All Saints Church spire repairs.

All Saint’s Church, Hereford 20 Years On . . .

For the past six hundred years, All Saint’s Church has dominated the Herefordian skyline. Built in the 13th and 14th Centuries, the 125m spire was crowned with a gilded cock at the turn of the 20th Century and secured using cast iron rods through the stonework. This new focal point of the spire was one of the many causes which threatened to remove this building permanently from our skyline. As the cast iron rods expanded due to rusting, it blew the