Monthly Archives: July 2018

RIBA Members Forum

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.

Construction Companies Contribute

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.

National Planning Policy Update

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.

Charlton Kings Construction Update

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.

Catching the Cricket

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.

Lakeside Luxury

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.

Some like it hot

The British may be known for their obsession with the changeable weather, and for good reason, last Thursday saw yellow heatwave warnings followed by flash flood warnings on Friday. Architects have always had to design buildings to adapt to all weather conditions in the UK, but with experts predicting that the rising temperatures are set to continue, buildings that can keep cool whilst being energy efficient will be increasingly important in the future. At RRA we strive to ensure all

As Hot as MARS

RRA was very happy to sponsor and support the annual Golf Day, on one of the hottest days of the year, to raise funds for MARS (Mercia Accident Rescue Service) which provides immediate, and often lifesaving, medical care for the critically ill and injured across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The specialist doctors and nurses donate their time and resources free of charge for this extremely worthwhile cause. RRA’s Tom Froggatt, Oliver Smith and guests, Phil Brace and Mark Vickress would like

Welcome To Sarah-Jane

  We are delighted to welcome Sarah-Jane, an inspiring young architect who graduated from Ravensbourne University, she will be working on a range of residential projects based in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. Her main interests are in regeneration and renovation projects based in her local cities and she is passionate about the use of new technologies that make an impact on sustainable architecture. We know Sarah-Jane will be a great asset to the team and look forward to seeing her grow and

We Won!

Two of RRA’s projects were recently nominated for four awards in different categories in the LABC West of England Awards. We were very excited to win the award for the ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building’ for our conversion of a threshing barn in Herefordshire. The project was a great team effort between the client, GRW Property Ltd., and ourselves. The design is sympathetic to the history and surroundings retaining the original character of the ventilation slots