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RRA Architects Architectural Assistant Ryan Birch

Say Hello to Ryan

We are delighted to welcome Ryan Birch to our team. Ryan has joined RRA as an Architectural Assistant on placement from his studies at the University of Bath and is looking forward to building on the small amount of experience he has gained in practice so far. He joins our Gloucester office, where he will be working on a number of projects across all sectors. Ryan’s architectural interests mainly lie in sustainable community reuse and regeneration projects. Outside of work,

The musings of RRA Architects about the new trends influenced by Covid-19 in the architectural world

Hatching New Trends

Hatching New Trends; How Covid-19 has influenced architectural trends. In an attempt to look forward we are going to put our architectural ‘necks on the line’ and commit our predictions for 2021, and beyond, to paper (or more specifically to screen). Most of the predictions we are stating seem destined to have happened anyway, but Covid-19 has been a catalyst, forcing rapid advances in technology, society to adapt and speeding up changes in the built environment. The obvious change for a large

The showroom at Sightline Aluminum Glazing Systems demonstrates the 'wow' factor of state-of-the-art glazing.

Clearly Here To Stay

Go back a century, or so, and glass was reserved just for windows to let light into a home – along with draughts and, on very cold days, even a layer of ice on the inside. A revolution began with double glazing. Invented in the USA in the 1930s, this only become widely available in the UK in the 1970’s. But from that point the glazing industry advanced with increasing momentum and today technology has rendered the previously considered impossible,

Contemporary Cotswolds

Last month saw work begin on remodelling this large detached home in Gloucestershire with contractors am/pm247. Whilst already a lovely family home, RRA was appointed to reconfigure the layout for better circulation through the house, increase the energy efficiency and improve the aesthetics of the elevations. A feature staircase of steel, timber and glass will add wow factor to the interior. The progress has not been unduly affected by Covid-19 but the pandemic has altered the brief with

RRA Architect Natalie Stangoe

Say “Hello” to Natalie

We were very pleased to welcome Chartered Architect, Natalie Stangoe to our team at the beginning of March. Natalie graduated with her Masters from Oxford Brookes in 2015 and went on to complete her studies at the University of Bath, becoming a fully qualified architect in 2018. Natalie has a wealth of experience working on high end residential schemes, including new build houses, heritage properties and renovations of listed buildings. Out of work Natalie enjoys running or hiking around the

Updating the Waggon and Horses, adding the rooflights to the new roof.

Cirencester Charm

Our exciting conversion project in the heart of Cirencester is making great progress on site, in spite of the weather trying to hold us back! The site, formally a derelict pub known as the Waggon and Horses, is being converted into 5 characterful homes all surrounding a beautiful courtyard. As a traditional style Inn the interior was very dark by today’s standards. So to combat this, a series of roof lights have been installed along with the new roof to allow

Cheltenham Victorian Vicarage

Extending a Victorian Vicarage

Starting onsite in February was our Cheltenham project featuring the addition of two contemporary side extensions to a large Victorian vicarage. One side extension will house a family gym, whilst the other will contain the new kitchen and dining area. From the kitchen large glazed doors open for a corner-less detail and uninterrupted access to the newly landscaped garden with an al fresco dining area. The side extensions have been designed with simple lines and use high quality materials such

Ready For Take Off

In 2020 RRA was commissioned to upgrade two out-dated and unloved student halls into premium accommodation for trainee pilots. The two detached, adjacent properties are located in a conservation area in Montpellier, Cheltenham and were originally large, Georgian style villas for the very wealthy families of the Spa Town. The previous 90 dark, dull student rooms will be refurbished to 60 en-suite, updated rooms and a single storey, lightweight pavilion will link both buildings providing a communal area. Working with consultants,

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