Cotswolds Architects

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

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

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

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