Herefordshire

RRA helpers, Poppy and Itty Palmer-Powles hand out balloons at the art fair.

Fresh For 2021

Thank you to all our clients, friends and consultants who popped along to say “Hello” to us at the Fresh: Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse. We are delighted to report that the event was hugely successful, beating the previous record for sales – great news for all involved. Fresh: Art Fair show a huge range of art from 45 galleries representing over 500 artists. Artist Amy Magee with one of her originals from her Neptune collection. Amy is represented by the Clifton

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

A Great Days Golf

Despite the tricky situation with Covid-19, Ducketts Trusted Advisors and ABGI-UK still managed to pull off yet another very successful Charity Golf Day. Along with the support of many local businessmen and woman, the sun also turned up to make this a most enjoyable, and very warm, afternoon of golf at Burghill Valley Golf Club. Our RRA team of  Tom Froggatt, Oliver Smith and Mark Powles joined forces with Matt Tompkins of Tompkins Thomas Planning. RRA’s Associate, Tom,

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