Hereford Architects

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

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

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

RRA Architects new company car. As a sustainable company we have chosen to swap our gas guzzlers for a cleaner electric vehicle.

Orange is the New Green – meet our new EV

At RRA, we appreciate that we are very fortunate to be able to work from home with relative ease, but we do understand that the changes present significant challenges for many other businesses. However, lockdown also brought some positive benefits including the increased community spirit in many areas, real appreciation of key workers and the dramatic reduction in pollution. As a direct result of the visible effects of less pollution the electric car market has boomed and, at RRA we decided

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

Ludow and Shropshire based RRA Architects Associate, Oliver Smith, went back to college to share his knowledge.

Inspiring A New Generation

RRA Associate, Oliver Smith, was invited to Hereford and Ludlow College to talk about his career journey and what is involved. Oliver studied Maths, Graphics, Physics and Photography at Ludlow College in 2006 – 2008, and so, as alumni himself, he was more than happy to pass his knowledge on to younger pupils and considered the day a very rewarding experience. During the presentation, Oliver talked to the students about the day to day running’s of the office alongside discussing the architectural process

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