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3rd Nov 2020

Niche garden room with a bundle of character... glass covered well included!

A certain weight of responsibility always comes with a commission to enhance a listed building in a conservation area. The exceptional nature of the Kings Row project was not in its scale but rather in the detailing and its intrinsic build challenges. An internal glass covered well and large glazed ...read more

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3rd Nov 2020

Empowering young people: Barr Group win OxLEP Work Experience Employer Award.

In October, at the (virtual) Oxfordshire Apprentice Awards Ceremony, the Barr Group were announced as the winner of the Work Experience Employer 2020, sponsored by OxLEP Skills. For two decades young people have joined the Barr Group as apprentices and gone on to become valued skilled tradesmen and ...read more

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2nd Nov 2020

Modern Rustic Outdoor Living ... whatever the weather.

An outside living ‘room’ can take many forms and perform multiple functions. In warmer climes most terraces are designed to offer some form of shade - often timber or metal frame covered in vine, straw or cane. Our damper British weather, however, requires a more robust and rainproof ...read more

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28th Oct 2020

Lower Beech Farm: A carefully considered extension and a timeless kitchen

Returning to Lower Beech Farm for a second build project was a happy event for the Barr Group - given that being invited back generally means a good job was done the first time round! Lower Beech Farm is a charming grade II listed Oxfordshire residence, in which, like many heritage properties the ...read more

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27th Oct 2020

The Moorings riverside renovation... designed for perfect balance and the ultimate waterfront view.

Winding along the Thames, from Windsor to Henley, riverside properties form a lace of architectural diversity. When our stateside clients were searching for their perfect UK residence they were drawn to The Moorings, for its undisputedly idyllic location and its unique character... with clear ...read more

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3rd Sep 2020

Direct to Client; design and build with a difference … to an exceptional standard.

Alongside a thriving Principal Contractor division, the Barr Group’s ‘Direct to Client’ works remain at the heart of the portfolio. These niche and varied projects range from residential remodels to single-storey extensions and renovations. Examples are wide and varied… a ...read more

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1st Jul 2020

Well versed in the art of home working? We find out how some Barr Group clients and collaborators have been using their annexe spaces during lockdown.

Over the years the Barr Group have been instrumental in the creation of many an outbuilding, home office and garden annexe. In recent weeks there has been a flurry of reconnections with their recipient clients, expressing how glad they are to have gone ahead with what was, in some cases, a luxury ...read more

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29th Jun 2020

The Barr Group Directors talk about their 'Barr Build' Ambitions

...and we take a closer look at the ‘under construction’ Hollow Brook Farm Barns - a heart and soul project for StuartBarr CDR Director Chris Noonan. Q: Can you tell us how 'Barr builds' came about? Chris: Over the past twenty-five years David, Stuart and I have been instrumental in the ...read more

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9th Jun 2020

Enhancing the View from the Bridge; through securing the Magdalen College picturesque Riverside Terrace

As visitors cross Magdalen Bridge into the historic city of Oxford, their first view is of the river and the glorious 15th-century chapel tower beyond. In the latter part of 2019 StuartBarr CDR had the privilege of playing a part in enhancing this view. Working with an extended team of experts who ...read more

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5th Jun 2020

C19-safe sites across Ox, Berks, Bucks and Herts allows the StuartBarr CDR teams to progress with a wide and varied set of design-led builds.

Across the construction industry, PPE is a fundamental part of every project. Much practiced in risk assessments and site adaptation, the StuartBarr CDR teams have risen to the challenges laid out by the government and subsequently by the Construction Leadership Council with regard to COVID -19 ...read more

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