At RRA this month…
We look at the the work of our London office, bringing you a special perspective on the diversity of projects that are ongoing in the capital.
To download the RRA special in depth London profile, click here. Please feel free to forward the special profile to colleagues.
Currently we are working on offices, hotels, sports facilities, listed buildings and house boats. So, below, we have picked out some interesting edited highlights of the non residential projects we are working on in London, and the South East.
We are always looking to new projects and commissions and welcome your approach. If any of the following projects capture your imagination or you are looking for architectural services in any of the sectors we work within do please contact the office.
Retro Fit – London’s Conservation Areas
As part of a major overhaul of an important early 19th Century townhouse RRA secured planning approval for the conversion of a central London office building to create a mixed-use residential building with a retained commercial shopfront at ground floor level on Shaftesbury Avenue. This significant central London building, at the top of Neal Street, brings with it sensitive H&S requirements, narrow pavement site access and a full M&E service upgrade whilst keeping tenants in occupation. RRA is working with Cube Consulting, NMP Engineers and DPDesigns contractors. The project starts onsite later this month.
Institutions – Central London
Whilst we carry out top-end residential and basement conversion work we are also working with many non-residential institutions, particularly in the education sector. A key focus of this type of work is retro-fit and upgrade, often within listed buildings, heritage and conservation areas; RRA is well versed at this type of project. We are currently working with academic institutions occupying Crown Estates and Harold de Walden Estates.
Absolutely Chiswick – A Profile
This month Absolutely Magazine features the work of the practice, reporting on London Director, Duncan Gunn, and his approach on how to add value to your property. ‘We are proud that Absolutely have recognised our practice work in and around Chiswick and I am pleased to offer people some tips on how to add value to their home”… says Duncan. If you are planning a residential project in London contact Duncan at the office. You can also view the online magazine here.
Old Father Thames – Marine Projects
Over the years the London office has carried out many residential projects along the Thames corridor and in recent months we have been engaged in designing house boats with Hampton Riviera Boatyard (www.hamptonriviera.co.uk). Currently we are looking at a Grade II Listed, nineteenth century Swiss Chalet on the River Thames and the need to elevate the whole structure to move it well beyond the 100yr flood level with climate change factors added in. This has necessitated a Listed Building Consent application to modify the decorative balconies to enable access to and from the Chalet deck areas.
Sporting Facilities – West London
As part of a major regeneration for two separate community clients, RRA is looking at the regeneration of two major sports facility in West London, near the M4 corridor. The current sites, used primarily for rugby and cricket, and golf respectively, are being transformed into major centres for cricket-training, rugby, swimming, squash, football, hockey and tennis. As well as supporting sporting activity, with gyms and changing facilities, there are substantial hospitality opportunities with function rooms, bars and restaurants. Currently both projects are at pre-app stage.