The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is holding local members forums to discuss what the RIBA ‘is,’ its future and how to promote its values on an international, national and regional level. As part of the RIBA West Midlands, RRA is an active contributor to this forum to help ensure the future and integrity of architecture.
RRA had the great pleasure of being a guest of Simpson Associates structural engineers at the 18th Annual Charity Sporting Dinner in aid of cancer charities. It was a great night with guest speakers, Mike Tindell and Tessa Sanderson and the good company of many of Gloucestershire’s construction companies including Barnwood Construction, Robert Hitchins, Roberts Limbrick, Hunter Page Planning, Abbey Business Group and Cotswold Transport Planning.
According to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, the latest updates to the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework), introduced on 24th July 2018, should encourage “better-designed homes in areas where they are needed.” Aimed at giving communities more control over local developments the rules represent the most substantial revision to policy for six years. Mark Campbell of Evans Jones has summarised the changes, read his article ‘Biggest change in national planning policy for six years’ here.
As promised, here’s an update on our project for Cheltenham developer, Said Properties. The construction uses SIPS panels, by Glosfords, for speed, efficiency and energy performance. Restricted access was quite a challenge for the Sparrows crane driver who demonstrated his considerable skill working in the small space to position each of the panels. Thanks to the site drone for these aerial photos showing progress looking good onsite. We will keep you updated.
July saw Cheltenham’s second biggest sporting event, the Cricket Festival at the stunning Cheltenham College cricket ground. Always a favourite few weeks in the business calendar offering a great opportunity for meeting new contacts and catching up with old ones. This year RRA enjoyed the impressive innings, hearty hospitality and stunning sunshine on a number of days with clients, consultants and many of the Circle2Success business community.
We are excited to reveal our proposals for an amazing new home in Berkshire have been approved. The design concept works with the natural enclosures and clearings that surround the building. The dwelling reflects the form of the adjacent lake, with its two principle façades offering breath-taking views and interaction with the surrounding landscape. A sensitive material palette of limestone, bronze & copper has been chosen for their earthy quality, ideal for the stunning location.