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Cotswolds Architects, RRA, latest team member Steve Graves outside our Gloucester office

Say “Hello” to Steve

RRA is delighted to welcome our newest member of the team Steve Graves. Steve is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant based in our Hereford office. He is currently working towards his Part 3 and is looking forward to qualifying as an Architect. Steve has a keen passion for Architecture and loves spending his time visiting new buildings, enthusiastically dragging his friends and family around with him. When he’s not working you’ll likely find him out walking the dogs. If you would

Contemporary Cotswolds Charm

RRA was delighted to recently receive planning approval from Cotswold District Council for a two storey front and side extension to a contemporary, country residence. We were appointed by our client to improve the circulation of the existing property and enhance the external appearance.  RRA took great time and care to explore many options changing floor plans, considering the relocation of the staircase and reconfiguring rooms to reach a solution that met all requirements and which the clients were very

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

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 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

Proud Sponsors of Fresh: Art Fair

RRA are extremely proud to be the partners of the first major contemporary art fair in the Cotswolds, Fresh: Art Fair held at the fabulous Cheltenham Racecourse Centaur Centre.  RRA Managing Director, Mark Powles, was keen to partner the event, “art and architecture are both about highly personal and subjective creations, it simply felt appropriate for us to support the fair.” In particular, RRA has sponsored the installation of Sophie Ryder’s ‘Torsos’ for the fair, which was a rather bigger

RRA wins award for Pittville Gates restoration project

Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has awarded a commendation in the Angel Awards to the Friends of Pittville for the project to restore Pittville Gates, carried out by RRA and the contractor AMPM. The gates have been successfully rescued due to the tremendous time, effort and determination of the Friends. Historic England annually organise an Award scheme known as the Angel Awards for successfully completed restoration projects of historic buildings or historic sites. Cheltenham Borough Council nominated the restoration

RRA appointed for large church re-ordering project

The parish of Leckhampton, in Cheltenham, have appointed RRA to help deliver their church re-ordering project within a Gothic Revival Victorian church, St. Philip & St. James’, designed by John Middleton, in the late 19th Century, which is located right in the heart of Cheltenham. The church, built between 1879 and 1882, was subsequently fitted with a tower, in 1903, designed by Prothero and Phillpott. The church structure is rusticated in coursed limestone with ashlar and red sandstone feature

First Look – Balcarras Music School Remodelled

RRA are delighted to reveal proposals for ‘The Music School’, an extension to the music department at Balcarras School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Our plans have been submitted for planning approval, and will represent an exciting addition to an institution already recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding school with ‘inspirational teaching’. The proposals are the result of a close working collaboration between RRA, Balcarras School and Cheltenham based construction firm, Dowdeswell Estates. The scheme seeks to expand upon the existing music department,