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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

RRA Architects top tips for making the best of your space when working from home

Top Tips For Improving Your Work Space At Home

WFH has been a thing for several weeks now and we are already used to seeing journalists on television reporting from their perfectly set up home offices; concerts from A-listers home studios; we’ve even seen Brad Pitt playing Dr. Fauci in his home library (if you haven’t seen him, the link is here). But for many of us the home office has been a hurried,  makeshift affair struggling with trying to organise an area to work from with enough

Shortlisted for the NMITE Skylon Campus

Shortlisted for the NMITE Skylon Campus A team members insight by Chanel Goodman   It was to my delight that a design brief from NMITE was put on the table in front of me at RRA! After having spent the last year as part of the Design Cohort for this new organisation, I was thrilled to be able to propose design ideas for their fantastic new campus in Rotherwas. NMITE, which stands for New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering, is working towards becoming a

Impromptu games such as 'who can spin the ball the longest?' are brilliant at building bonds. (James won in our office).

RRA’s Recipe for a Fun Office

It’s no secret that happier workplaces have happier, healthier and more productive employees. As architects, we design offices as motivating, inspiring and comfortable buildings to help facilitate a welcoming fun work environment, but the building can only do so much – it is the team that breathes life into the habitat. So here are our top tips for improving happiness, increasing well-being and promoting fun at work: 1. Talk, communicate, laugh Whether it’s a joke that breaks the ice or making a cup

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