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This month we bring you a summary of our year…

Over the last 12 months RRA has secured planning permissions for some really interesting and innovative work. We thought, as a Christmas treat; we would present to you some of the most unusual and creative projects, which demonstrate our skills and interest spanning 2014.

As a creative practice, we touch on all sectors of construction… conservation; energy and community projects are just some of the design sectors highlighted below.

This year has been a good year for the construction industry and we look forward to a prosperous 2015.RRA would like to thank all our Clients, Contractors and consultants and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

To find out more about our schemes see below.

Merry Christmas from all at RRA

Thirteen and a half guests for dinner – Berkhamsted
We are working with the Earl of Bradford on a new restaurant project in Berkhamsted, located in the town’s high street. What is peculiar to this project is that it is located on an ancient burial site, which lies beneath the existing building. The burial ground was used in the C11th to bury victims of leprosy. The RRA design requires removal of parts of the floor to support a mezzanine deck and associated restaurant equipment and this requires careful negotiation of the archeology. We are hopeful that thirteen and a half guests won’t be turning up for dinner..
For whom the bridge doth toll – Masterplan
RRA secured masterplan permission for the Whitney on Wye Toll Bridge, an ancient site with its own act of parliament to govern tolls and bridge repairs in perpetuity. The proposal converts the old toll cottage into a holiday lodge, provides new overnight lodges for tourists, a new two storey cantilevered toll master’s house and improved facilities to support the bridge workings. The local authority struggled with this application, so much so the planning fee was actually refunded to the client in full, under regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2013.

Working for community – Pittville Gates
Thanks to RRA, Cheltenham’s Georgian town of Pittville has seen restoration and completion of the old cast iron gates, stone columns and overthrow lantern. Working with AMPM 247 Construction, Cheltenham Borough Council and Friends of Pittville, the end result is a great coming together and restoration of an old part of town. The casting of the gates is truly inspiring, watching an old skill brought back to life and thankfully one which has not been lost in the mists of time. New gates are the result, which are a replica of the originals.

Upwardly mobile – Conservation
This project was unusual in many respects, not only because it is an actual Swiss chalet on the banks of the Thames in Richmond, but because it was listed ii and needed to be lifted above the functional flood plain. The project required amendments to the access decks and detailing of balustrades, which needed civil engineering consideration of how the project could be carried out, safely, and in accordance with stringent planning conditions. The lift was a success and it is thanks to Richmond planning department that the project could be carried out. Watch the video of the lift.

Energy – Generating Outstanding Natural Beauty
In rural Herefordshire and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty RRA were successful in securing for our client planning permission for up to 1000 photovoltaic panels, to develop a medium sized energy generation facility. We assisted the client during the application to demonstrate that there was actually minimal impact on the landscape character and local heritage assets and that whilst the site was accessible by part of the Wye Valley walk the site could be screened and would present minimal if any visual impact. As a result of this application RRA is now looking to work with other clients who are interested in progressing energy projects.

Home is where the architect is - Beards
RRA made it to the pages of Beards magazine, a bespoke jewellery and Beards branded publication, with a focus on 'home is where the architect is'. With high profile design, featured as standard, this magazine promotes excellence in bespoke design. The likes of Kevin McCloud, Bentley, Gucci and others to name a few form the Beards branded experience and the team at RRA are proud to form part of Beards magazine. You can view the publication here.