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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

Meet the driving force behind RRA, the Managing Director, Mark Powles

Meet The Team Mondays – Meet Mark Powles

Look out for our new feature, ‘Meet The Team Monday,’ going out on our social media channels every Monday. Each week will spotlight a member of the RRA team; a little bit about them, what makes them tick and why they joined RRA. We have launched today with an interview with our Managing Director, Mark Powles, to get to know a bit more about the driving force behind the business. Click here to Meet Mark Powles. And make sure to

RRAs Kabloom seedbom full of bee friendly wildflower seeds

Throw & Grow

Our #ThrowAndGrow competition details 🐝 This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Lucy Rathbone Thank you to everyone who posted or emailed images for our Throw & Grow competition, we loved seeing all the great shots of bees and butterflies. Even after some considerable deliberation we still had a not very short, shortlist. But in the end we agreed on one image. The competition wasn’t just about great shots of flowers, but to help raise awareness of the importance of

Regency Villa

In the heart of Cheltenham, what was once a beautiful Regency Villa, had been unsympathetically altered for use as a care home over many decades. The unloved property was purchased by our client last year and RRA was given the brief to restore the building to its former glory whilst also bringing it into the 21st century with a contemporary two storey extension. The scheme will provide a stunning entertainment space on the ground floor which connects to the formally

RRA Architects Architectural Assistant Ryan Birch

Say Hello to Ryan

We are delighted to welcome Ryan Birch to our team. Ryan has joined RRA as an Architectural Assistant on placement from his studies at the University of Bath and is looking forward to building on the small amount of experience he has gained in practice so far. He joins our Gloucester office, where he will be working on a number of projects across all sectors. Ryan’s architectural interests mainly lie in sustainable community reuse and regeneration projects. Outside of work,

The musings of RRA Architects about the new trends influenced by Covid-19 in the architectural world

Hatching New Trends

Hatching New Trends; How Covid-19 has influenced architectural trends. In an attempt to look forward we are going to put our architectural ‘necks on the line’ and commit our predictions for 2021, and beyond, to paper (or more specifically to screen). Most of the predictions we are stating seem destined to have happened anyway, but Covid-19 has been a catalyst, forcing rapid advances in technology, society to adapt and speeding up changes in the built environment. The obvious change for a large