Contemporary

Up To Par

One of Herefordshire’s best known and oldest golf clubs, established in 1896, was recently sold to new owners. RRA architects was appointed to carry out a feasibility study of how the tired club house could be remodelled and refurbished to provide up to date facilities, improve the flow of the building and maximise the commercial viability of the venture. We hope some of our ideas will assist the new owners in realising their ambitions for all the future patrons to

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

Old Meets New

Another of our projects recently finished in Gloucestershire is looking fabulous in the Autumn sunshine. Our client wanted to leave the original building relatively unchanged and remove an assortment of buildings previously extended to the rear to be replaced with a new structure.
The glazed link provides a new entrance whilst also allowing the original built form to be clearly visible. This leads into a spacious, open plan living area. 
The addition of the roof terrace allows our client to take full advantage

Proposed Sketch Visual- Main Approach (Competition Entry)

Appointed for the NMITE Skylon Campus CAM Building

Following being shortlisted for the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) Skylon Campus competition earlier this year, RRA was invited to participate in a subsequent competition for the design of the Centre for Automated Manufacture (CAM). We are delighted to announce that as a result of this competition we have been appointed to design the CAM building as part of the wider campus. As a local company, RRA is very happy to be involved and work alongside NMITE to

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

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

Contemporary kitchen extension with curved walls to link to the rest of the house.

Heart of the Home

  Having been recommended to use RRA by friends of theirs, our clients approached us last year to work with their Victorian semi-detached property in Leckhampton, Cheltenham. As with many of these Victorian properties the kitchen was a narrow, dark room with limited space, which, when the properties were built was solely used for kitchen purposes, bathing in front of the range every Sunday and never, ever, for entertaining guests. These days, however, the kitchen is the beating heart of the home

Plans for Beechcroft Holiday Homes in Herefordshire

Holiday Homes Get Approval

RRA  Customers Receive Planning Permission For Holiday Homes “We commissioned RRA to work on our project and design for us a scheme which would be sympathetic to the local Heritage. Alex Whibley and Alex Jones were exceptionally professional in their approach, efficient and responsive to the complexities of the planning rules and we were delighted with the scheme they designed. After much negotiation with RRA support we were successfully awarded planning consent, Thank you Alex and Alex and RRA” Stephanie and Jarrod Clay After

Canwood Gallery exhibition

X Marks The Spot – apparently that spot is at Canwood Gallery

The RRA designed Canwood Gallery, a wonderful venue nestled deep within rural Herefordshire with the feel of a secret location, hosted a temporary exhibition at the end of April;  ‘X Marks the Spot’ of a secluded Herefordshire idyll where, during April this year, a diverse group of emerging artists have organised, marketed and installed an exhibition of their work. ‘X Marks the Spot’ where you can explore an array of multi-media Fine Art across three unique exhibition spaces. Although X marks is

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