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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Permitted Development Goes Permanent Originally destined to be withdrawn on 30th May 2019 the Permitted Development legislation has, instead, been made permanent.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

Work experience studentsWork experience students at RRA Architects

Architects For A Week

At RRA, we believe it is important for businesses and industries to encourage the next generation to make informed career choices. As such we regularly have work experience students in our offices. They don’t have an easy ride at RRA, the students are expected to work alongside our team to really understand what the job role involves. Along with experiencing the demands of the career it also gives the students experience of life in an office environment and interactions with

Plans for Beechcroft Holiday Homes in Herefordshire

Holiday Homes Get Approval

RRA  Customers Receive Planning Permission For Holiday Homes “We commissioned RRA to work on our project and design for us a scheme which would be sympathetic to the local Heritage. Alex Whibley and Alex Jones were exceptionally professional in their approach, efficient and responsive to the complexities of the planning rules and we were delighted with the scheme they designed. After much negotiation with RRA support we were successfully awarded planning consent, Thank you Alex and Alex and RRA” Stephanie and Jarrod Clay After

When choosing a home people are looking for more than just a place to live.

What People Want

“Ten Characteristics of Places where People want to Live” – What People Want The RIBA have recently published a paper detailing the top ten characteristics people desire when choosing their home. Using ten case studies, all based in the England, the research analysed the specific successful elements of these with a view to making recommendations for design, building methods and planning when developing future housing to improve the community housing effect. This study will help us and other alike see what