Cheltenham

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,

Cheltenham Excited by Church Reordering Proposals

The local community of Cheltenham, were invited by Rev Nick Davies to view exciting RRA plans and proposals, which set out a future-vision for the proposed re-ordering of St Philip and St James church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. You can see Nick’s vision for his parish at the following link. The assembled gathering were impressed with the RRA design ideas and the opportunities to enhance, not only the church interior, but to create a new public “piazza” in front of

Shining Light in Cheltenham

Pittville, a beautiful area of Cheltenham featuring stunning examples of Georgian architecture, has been transformed thanks to RRA’s input and the sterling efforts of The Friends of Pittville. In 2011 RRA were appointed to assist the community and Cheltenham Borough Council to restore the ironwork and stonework plinths of the old gateway, which marks the entrance to Pittville. The existing gates had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect and air pollution had eroded the stones and corroded the ironwork –

Building Site to Building Sight

This self build project has been transformed from a 1960’s style suburban dwelling into a handsome contemporary home right in the heart of Tivoli, Cheltenham. Working with the Client, RRA assisted with drawings and technical information to bring about the transformation of what was a tired outdated old property, the result, a new contemporary home with improved energy performance features and crisply detailed cladding with glimmering windows and doors. Whilst refurb-projects attract 20% vat there is still merit in transforming existing properties,