RRA Architects

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

Living With Art

Displaying a prized painting can be an art form in itself. So, if you are not sure where to hang your Hockney or display your Dalí we have some helpful tips. A Single Large Piece … of artwork can look stunning. Traditional positioning would be centred above the fireplace, a sofa or a bed. This usually allows enough distance to view the piece as a whole, even in a relatively small home. As a guide, it is considered that the

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Veale – Finally!

  After the disappointment of their original wedding being cancelled due to the first lockdown, we were so pleased to finally celebrate with RRA Project Designer, Sam Veale (née Wilson) and her husband, Nic Veale, at their gorgeous wedding.   We all witnessed their months of hard work and organisation to put the wedding together and it certainly paid off with a truly beautiful day; sunshine, music, fabulous food and all with spectacular views over the Cotswolds! Thank you to Sam and Nic

Beautiful Barns

Working with planning consultants, Tompkins Thomas Planning, the intention is to convert and rejuvenate these beautiful, but redundant, old barns into a mixture of commercial units and workshops. With plenty of existing features and weathered materials, this building is full of interesting inspiration and unique spaces for us to work with and enhance.  Planning is in for these new proposals and we are currently working with Blackmore Jones Partnership to cost the project and finalise the construction

Meet the driving force behind RRA, the Managing Director, Mark Powles

Meet The Team Mondays – Meet Mark Powles

Look out for our new feature, ‘Meet The Team Monday,’ going out on our social media channels every Monday. Each week will spotlight a member of the RRA team; a little bit about them, what makes them tick and why they joined RRA. We have launched today with an interview with our Managing Director, Mark Powles, to get to know a bit more about the driving force behind the business. Click here to Meet Mark Powles. And make sure to

Regency Villa

In the heart of Cheltenham, what was once a beautiful Regency Villa, had been unsympathetically altered for use as a care home over many decades. The unloved property was purchased by our client last year and RRA was given the brief to restore the building to its former glory whilst also bringing it into the 21st century with a contemporary two storey extension. The scheme will provide a stunning entertainment space on the ground floor which connects to the formally

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

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