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Biodiversity Net Gain: A Game-Changer for Conservation

Biodiversity Net Gain: A Game-Changer for Conservation and Nature By Rachel Palmer and Rachael Emous-Austin   Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is poised to become a game-changer for environmental conservation. Originally planned to become mandatory in November 2023, implementation was postponed until January 2024.* What? In a nutshell, BNG aims to ensure that any developments or […]

Reflecting on the 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize – London-Centric?

Reflecting on the 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize – London-Centric? With the annual RIBA’s Stirling Prize being touted as representing the “UK’s best new building,” it is little wonder that the unveiling of the shortlist has the architectural world abuzz. Understandably so, winning this prestigious award can propel a practice into the pages of every architectural, […]

Making A Wildlife Friendly Garden

September sees the close of the season for many construction related ecology surveys. Of course, this means some planning applications cannot be submitted until next year if they have been delayed. At the same time lots of our local wildlife is preparing for the colder months and we can all help by making our gardens […]

Anouk: Ludlow’s Enchanting Escape

In 2022 RRA secured a successful planning approval for the conversion of a dilapidated garage nestled away in a quiet area of Ludlow. Recently we were delighted to be invited back to see the final result – and what a result!  What was a run down, out dated, overgrown garage has been totally transformed into a […]

Decline in River Wye’s Condition

Decline in River Wye’s Condition Influences Planning and Construction Industry After the ban on new developments in the River Lugg catchment area because of the high phosphate levels in the water, recent reports regarding the condition of the River Wye have raised concerns within the planning department and the construction industry. The official status of […]

Raising The Subject Of Roof Terraces

In a bid to explore innovative design solutions for urban landscapes, RAAFT, a leading firm in sustainable and green design, recently delivered a captivating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation on roof terraces to the RRA Architects team. The presentation highlighted the potential of incorporating green spaces atop buildings.  There are numerous benefits and design possibilities […]

Party At The Parc

RRA Architects, recently invited their entire team along with their partners and children on a well-deserved break to Center Parcs as a thank you for all their hard work. This biannual trip provides the perfect opportunity for the team to unwind, strengthen bonds, and have a fantastic time. Although, we missed Claire Ashdown, who, understandably, […]

Fresher Than Ever

With something for everyone from over-sized ants to life-sized hounds it really is “no ordinary art fair.” 2023 saw the most successful Fresh: Art Fair with more visitors than ever attending the fair to appreciate the breath-taking array of art work on display. For those who could not get to the fair we have a […]

Constructing Excellence – A Focus on the Cathedral Quarter, Gloucester

We had the pleasure of attending Constructing Excellence’s ‘Walkabout’, which provided a fascinating insight into some of Gloucestershire’s historical buildings on Westgate Street. Cathedral Quarter Programme Manager, Claire Dovey-Evans, led the tour and talked about the regeneration and protection works for the improvement of 15 historic properties. Thanks to a Government funding programme called High […]

Proud to be Principal Partners of Fresh: Art 2023

RRA Architects are proud to be Principal Partners of the Fresh: Art Fair in Cheltenham again this year. Brainchild of Anthony Wardle and his daughter, Ellie, who runs the Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham, Fresh: Art Fair shows a wider range of art than any other British art fair. From exciting new talent to famous names […]

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