Herefordshire

Conversion of typical Dutch Barn to residential dwelling

How To Convert A Dutch Barn

Over the last 10 years, architects and designers have demonstrated the value of the Dutch Barn and, as a result,  local authorities have begun to increasingly recognise the steel-framed Dutch Barns as part of the heritage and chronology of the British landscape. Originally constructed during the depression when materials and budgets were scarce, they were often built using iron railway track for columns, riveted, curved angle iron for roof trusses and curved corrugated iron for roof sheeting. Of little, or no, value

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

Shortlisted for the NMITE Skylon Campus

Shortlisted for the NMITE Skylon Campus A team members insight by Chanel Goodman   It was to my delight that a design brief from NMITE was put on the table in front of me at RRA! After having spent the last year as part of the Design Cohort for this new organisation, I was thrilled to be able to propose design ideas for their fantastic new campus in Rotherwas. NMITE, which stands for New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering, is working towards becoming a

RRA Architects, Chanel Goodman, helps a student at the 'Get A Proper Job' workshop

Get A Proper Job

Get A Proper Job By Chanel Goodman Last week, as part of the Herefordshire’s A Great Place project, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to run architectural workshops at a local school. The Great Place project aims to showcase and revitalize Hereford’s creative and cultural sectors. Architecture is an industry with its roots strongly embedded in these areas, and so this is exactly why I decided to get involved in the Great Place project and, more particularly, join the Young

Francesca Carlson of Wye Circus CIC performs at Hereford Cathedral Nave Dinner. Photograph credit: Richard Weaver Photography

Two Cathedrals in Two Evenings

In June we were very lucky to be invited to enjoy two, very different, events over two evenings in two magnificent venues – the Stroud College Fashion Show in Gloucester Cathedral and the Nave Dinner in Hereford Cathedral. Providing a stunning backdrop to display the exciting new designs from the students of Stroud and South Gloucester College, Gloucester Cathedral offers a fantastic venue for community events. Both were fabulous evenings where the prestige and grandeur of the space added enormously to the

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

Call for Housing Land – Herefordshire SHLAA

  Herefordshire Council calls for landowners who may have sites for possible future housing development The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is one of a number of evidence based and supporting studies produced or commissioned by local councils to inform the preparation of the new planning policy relating to housing delivery. Local Plans set out the planning policies to guide development in local areas and define the use of the land in a district, usually over a 15 to 20 year

All Saints Church spire repairs.

All Saint’s Church, Hereford 20 Years On . . .

For the past six hundred years, All Saint’s Church has dominated the Herefordian skyline. Built in the 13th and 14th Centuries, the 125m spire was crowned with a gilded cock at the turn of the 20th Century and secured using cast iron rods through the stonework. This new focal point of the spire was one of the many causes which threatened to remove this building permanently from our skyline. As the cast iron rods expanded due to rusting, it blew the

First Look – The White House, an earth sheltered house

This rural Herefordshire open countryside site is a gently sloping topography surrounded by mature trees and fields with a substantial earth mound forming the backdrop to the proposal. The project is conceived as a part earth sheltered V-shaped plan that thrusts up through the sloping landscape. The proposed roof is a turf roof, and the exterior walls would be formed in handmade bricks, finely detailed to form proportioned window reveals, the rhythm of which dissolves into the earth