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RRA Architects, Chanel Goodman, helps a student at the 'Get A Proper Job' workshop

Get A Proper Job

Get A Proper Job By Chanel Goodman Last week, as part of the Herefordshire’s A Great Place project, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to run architectural workshops at a local school. The Great Place project aims to showcase and revitalize Hereford’s creative and cultural sectors. Architecture is an industry with its roots strongly embedded in these areas, and so this is exactly why I decided to get involved in the Great Place project and, more particularly, join the Young

Stirling prize 2019 winner, Goldsmith Street, by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley.

A Modest Masterpiece

It seems entirely appropriate that the Stirling Prize goes to a Council House scheme on the one hundred year anniversary of the Addison Act of 1919, which paved the way for the mass construction of social housing. Appropriate also in the current social climate of environmental concerns. It was a double celebration for the architects, Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, as the scheme also won the Neave Brown Award for Housing 2019 on the same evening. Conceived for an Architectural Competition 11 years

RRA's Hedgehog House plans available for download

Making A Wildlife Friendly Garden

September sees the close of the season for many construction related ecology surveys. Of course, this means some planning applications cannot be submitted until next year if they have been delayed. At the same time lots of our local wildlife is preparing for the colder months and we can all help by making our gardens wildlife friendly. One thing the RRA folk will be doing is preparing our hedgehog house and positioning under a leaf pile. If we are very lucky a

The Weston Sculpture Park by Feilden Fowles Architects

A Stirling Shortlist

The RIBA 2019 Stirling Prize shortlist was announced on Thursday 18 July 2019. The prize is internationally recognised as one of the highest accolades a scheme can receive and epitomises the prestigious reputation with which the UK Architectural training and industry is still bestowed. The shortlist is: Cork House by architects Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton. A carbon-neutral and experimental private house made almost entirely from cork in Berkshire. Cork House by architects Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and

Permitted development rights illustrated

Permitted Development Goes Permanent

Permitted Development Goes Permanent Originally destined to be withdrawn on 30th May 2019 the Permitted Development legislation has, instead, been made permanent. What does this mean for homeowners? In brief the rules are designed to allow greater flexibilty for homeowners wishing to extend their home. So can I build whatever I like? No Whilst more relaxed than the original route of gaining planning permission, Permitted Development is not a free-for-all. Plans should still be submitted to the Local Authority to obtain a Lawful Development Certificate, but

Francesca Carlson of Wye Circus CIC performs at Hereford Cathedral Nave Dinner. Photograph credit: Richard Weaver Photography

Two Cathedrals in Two Evenings

In June we were very lucky to be invited to enjoy two, very different, events over two evenings in two magnificent venues – the Stroud College Fashion Show in Gloucester Cathedral and the Nave Dinner in Hereford Cathedral. Providing a stunning backdrop to display the exciting new designs from the students of Stroud and South Gloucester College, Gloucester Cathedral offers a fantastic venue for community events. Both were fabulous evenings where the prestige and grandeur of the space added enormously to the

Contemporary kitchen extension with curved walls to link to the rest of the house.

Heart of the Home

  Having been recommended to use RRA by friends of theirs, our clients approached us last year to work with their Victorian semi-detached property in Leckhampton, Cheltenham. As with many of these Victorian properties the kitchen was a narrow, dark room with limited space, which, when the properties were built was solely used for kitchen purposes, bathing in front of the range every Sunday and never, ever, for entertaining guests. These days, however, the kitchen is the beating heart of the home

And shake!

Shaken Not Stirred

When RRA booked a Cocktail Masterclass at Malmaison in support of the Pied Piper Appeal we had no idea exactly what would be involved nor how much fun it would be. We gathered around one of Malmaison’s expert mixologists and our teacher for the evening, Tessa, in one of Malmaison’s private tasting rooms. Each of us stood in front of an assortment of glasses and very professional looking ‘things’. The table set for the evening in one of Malmaison’s private tasting rooms. The

RRA Dragonboat Team

Racing The Dragons 2019

“Let’s enter a team in the Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn’s Dragonboat Regatta this year” said RRA’s, Jon White. “Pardon?” we asked. “It’ll be great fun!” he promised. We had absolutely no idea what we were agreeing to when we murmured a tentative “erm, ok.” Of course once we had agreed there was no going back, especially when we found out the chosen beneficiary was one of our favourite charities, the Pied Piper Appeal, which raises money for children in hospital and special schools

RRA team and friends at Fresh: Art Fair 2019

Fresh Art Fair 2019

  If your idea of an art show is standing in a gallery looking at a dusty, dull picture – then Fresh: Art Fair is not what you expect. Fresh brings vibrant, exciting art of all types together to create an enormous, all encompassing extravaganza of pieces to immerse yourself in. From the joyful sculptures of giant dogs to delicate glass work, tiny exquisite paintings of goldfish emerging from the deep to huge canvases of blue skies – the level of talent