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A Grade II Listed, ashlar stone facade; one of a pair of listed buildings of this period in Cheltenham's conservation area.

Failing Facade

RRA has been appointed to work on a Grade II Listed terraced building in Cheltenham’s central conservation area. Dating from the 1830s, the house is one of a pair of listed properties. Unfortunately, significant issues have compromised the integrity of the structure and specialist input is required to stabilise the house. Working with a regular client of ours, the intention is to make the building safe whilst retaining the heritage of the Grade II Listing. Following this, a general refurbishment

All fits and working well - and breathe.

Glazing Up

Introducing our second project in two months with high end glazing packages being installed.  It is an exciting time for any project to see all the windows and doors being fitted. Exciting, but also a ‘hold your breath’ critical moment as this is the point at which the envelope of the building is enclosed – and generally signifies the ‘home run’ to nearing completion. Once the building is secure and watertight the finishing touches can commence.   The lorry craning the glazing

Bristol Marble & Granite have a large selection of pieces to choose from.

Marvelous Marble

Choosing the finish for any project is important and can be more difficult when working with natural materials rather than manmade, due to the natural variation which can differ significantly even across a single piece. Often we are working from small samples showing only a fraction of the desired material. So, to visit Bristol Marble & Granite with one of our clients to choose a piece of marble for their home, was an ideal way to select exactly the

Killer, Karaoke and Kayaking at Center Parcs

The Covid pandemic meant RRA, just like almost all companies in the UK – and across the world – could not have a 2020 Christmas Party. So, when MD, Mark Powles, suggested a RRA company trip to Center Parcs in 2021 to make up for missing our much loved Christmas ‘do’, we jumped at the chance. The moon shining down on the first night of the RRA 2021 trip to Center Parcs, Longleat, Warminster. It was a challenge to find dates that

RRA helpers, Poppy and Itty Palmer-Powles hand out balloons at the art fair.

Fresh For 2021

Thank you to all our clients, friends and consultants who popped along to say “Hello” to us at the Fresh: Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse. We are delighted to report that the event was hugely successful, beating the previous record for sales – great news for all involved. Fresh: Art Fair show a huge range of art from 45 galleries representing over 500 artists. Artist Amy Magee with one of her originals from her Neptune collection. Amy is represented by the Clifton

Living With Art

Displaying a prized painting can be an art form in itself. So, if you are not sure where to hang your Hockney or display your Dalí we have some helpful tips. A Single Large Piece … of artwork can look stunning. Traditional positioning would be centred above the fireplace, a sofa or a bed. This usually allows enough distance to view the piece as a whole, even in a relatively small home. As a guide, it is considered that the

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Veale – Finally!

  After the disappointment of their original wedding being cancelled due to the first lockdown, we were so pleased to finally celebrate with RRA Project Designer, Sam Veale (née Wilson) and her husband, Nic Veale, at their gorgeous wedding.   We all witnessed their months of hard work and organisation to put the wedding together and it certainly paid off with a truly beautiful day; sunshine, music, fabulous food and all with spectacular views over the Cotswolds! Thank you to Sam and Nic

Pictured left to right are William Lindesay, Wendy Tarplee-Morris, the Lord-Lieutenant to Herefordshire, Edward Harley, and his wife Victoria, and Phil Brace.

Lord-Lieutenant to Herefordshire visits The Little Princess Trust

The Little Princess Trust welcomed some very special visitors this week who were keen to see the progress of the Hereford charity’s new headquarters. RRA has been working closely with the engineers and builders onsite of the children’s cancer charity for several months – and LPT’s new home is expected to be ready to welcome staff and visitors by September. The Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Edward Harley, and his wife Victoria were given a guided tour of the new premises which will be

Our "Monthly Munch' lunch ensures the whole team gets together at least once a month in one of the offices.

What is it like working at RRA Architects?

It’s been 18 months like no other and the working landscape has had to adapt rapidly and repeatedly. Some weeks ago we asked the RRA team what they would like the future working arrangements to be and the answer was almost unanimously to adopt a hybrid approach of some days in the office and either some days at home each week, or at least, the option of working from home on occasion. So, we have been putting our post-covid plans together

Beautiful Barns

Working with planning consultants, Tompkins Thomas Planning, the intention is to convert and rejuvenate these beautiful, but redundant, old barns into a mixture of commercial units and workshops. With plenty of existing features and weathered materials, this building is full of interesting inspiration and unique spaces for us to work with and enhance.  Planning is in for these new proposals and we are currently working with Blackmore Jones Partnership to cost the project and finalise the construction