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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

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