Yearly Archives: 2020

Up To Par

One of Herefordshire’s best known and oldest golf clubs, established in 1896, was recently sold to new owners. RRA architects was appointed to carry out a feasibility study of how the tired club house could be remodelled and refurbished to provide up to date facilities, improve the flow of the building and maximise the commercial viability of the venture. We hope some of our ideas will assist the new owners in realising their ambitions for all the future patrons to

Contemporary Cotswolds Charm

RRA was delighted to recently receive planning approval from Cotswold District Council for a two storey front and side extension to a contemporary, country residence. We were appointed by our client to improve the circulation of the existing property and enhance the external appearance.  RRA took great time and care to explore many options changing floor plans, considering the relocation of the staircase and reconfiguring rooms to reach a solution that met all requirements and which the clients were very

Old Meets New

Another of our projects recently finished in Gloucestershire is looking fabulous in the Autumn sunshine. Our client wanted to leave the original building relatively unchanged and remove an assortment of buildings previously extended to the rear to be replaced with a new structure.
The glazed link provides a new entrance whilst also allowing the original built form to be clearly visible. This leads into a spacious, open plan living area. 
The addition of the roof terrace allows our client to take full advantage

Ludow and Shropshire based RRA Architects Associate, Oliver Smith, went back to college to share his knowledge.

Inspiring A New Generation

RRA Associate, Oliver Smith, was invited to Hereford and Ludlow College to talk about his career journey and what is involved. Oliver studied Maths, Graphics, Physics and Photography at Ludlow College in 2006 – 2008, and so, as alumni himself, he was more than happy to pass his knowledge on to younger pupils and considered the day a very rewarding experience. During the presentation, Oliver talked to the students about the day to day running’s of the office alongside discussing the architectural process

Proposed Sketch Visual- Main Approach (Competition Entry)

Appointed for the NMITE Skylon Campus CAM Building

Following being shortlisted for the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) Skylon Campus competition earlier this year, RRA was invited to participate in a subsequent competition for the design of the Centre for Automated Manufacture (CAM). We are delighted to announce that as a result of this competition we have been appointed to design the CAM building as part of the wider campus. As a local company, RRA is very happy to be involved and work alongside NMITE to

A Great Days Golf

Despite the tricky situation with Covid-19, Ducketts Trusted Advisors and ABGI-UK still managed to pull off yet another very successful Charity Golf Day. Along with the support of many local businessmen and woman, the sun also turned up to make this a most enjoyable, and very warm, afternoon of golf at Burghill Valley Golf Club. Our RRA team of  Tom Froggatt, Oliver Smith and Mark Powles joined forces with Matt Tompkins of Tompkins Thomas Planning. RRA’s Associate, Tom,

Herefordshire Council is Looking For Land

Herefordshire Council is inviting landowners, agents or developers who wish to promote land for residential development to get in touch. The council has a Call For Sites out at the moment, with the consultation closing on 14th September. This is to assist in preparing a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) to identify and assess land that has the potential to deliver housing. If you own a reasonable parcel of land (at least 0.25 hectares or 2500 square metres) which is

Read RRAs top tips for evaluating your home if you feel you need more space

Need More Space?

Need more space? Do you remodel your layout, go into the loft, build out to the side or, if none of that works for you, we could do the same as we did for the Swiss Chalet owner and just lift the whole house up for you!   When RRA Architects were asked to lift the whole Swiss Chalet building, you could say we rose to the challenge. Check out the full film and timelapse at the end of the blog to

Conversion of typical Dutch Barn to residential dwelling

How To Convert A Dutch Barn

Over the last 10 years, architects and designers have demonstrated the value of the Dutch Barn and, as a result,  local authorities have begun to increasingly recognise the steel-framed Dutch Barns as part of the heritage and chronology of the British landscape. Originally constructed during the depression when materials and budgets were scarce, they were often built using iron railway track for columns, riveted, curved angle iron for roof trusses and curved corrugated iron for roof sheeting. Of little, or no, value

Part 1 placement and architectural assistant Lucy Pietroni

My Part 1 Placement at RRA Architects

 “Working at RRA Architects, on placement as a Part 1, was one of the most educational and enjoyable experiences I have had while studying architecture.”   My Part 1 Placement at RRA Architects By Lucy Pietroni Working at RRA Architects, on placement as a Part 1, was one of the most educational and enjoyable experiences I have had while studying architecture. During this time, I enjoyed watching myself progress as an individual and designer. Compared to university, the work I began to produce was at a