Residential

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

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

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

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

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

Permitted development rights illustrated

Permitted Development Goes Permanent

Permitted Development Goes Permanent Originally destined to be withdrawn on 30th May 2019 the Permitted Development legislation has, instead, been made permanent. What does this mean for homeowners? In brief the rules are designed to allow greater flexibilty for homeowners wishing to extend their home. So can I build whatever I like? No Whilst more relaxed than the original route of gaining planning permission, Permitted Development is not a free-for-all. Plans should still be submitted to the Local Authority to obtain a Lawful Development Certificate, but

Mixed Use Residential Development – Canning Town

This mixed use residential development in Canning Town, East London is being located on a former smokery site. RRA helped to unlock planning permission on this challenging site as overlooking and proximity to neighbouring potential development was a planning constraint. We have been producing detail drawings and material specification for the project, to discharge planning conditions, and to produce construction information, for the design and build contractor. The development promotes increased potential to improve the quality of the built environment, as well as

Bronze Award – Best Development

  Working with Freeman Homes, RRA has helped to secure a design award for an exciting contemporary housing development. The design award was presented by David Walliams to Luke Freeman of Freeman Homes, for ‘The Avenue’, a project consisting of new build housing, located along The Walford Road, Ross on Wye. The designs are minimal in character with a simple palette of materials, and large window openings, to absorb the surrounding context, which is predominantly residential and