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1st Apr 2020

Isolation…or blissful seclusion?

Interior Designer Lara Clarke has ensured that anyone lucky enough to be holed up at Asher House, a recent top to toe Barr Group renovation, would unequivocally claim the latter. Most of us are taking a little more notice of the finer details of our homes right now – for good and for bad. more

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1st Apr 2020

Hertford's renovated Porters Lodge awaits the return of vibrant college life.

Just before lockdown BarrJoinery were proud to deliver a full joinery and cabinetry set for the Hertford’s 19th Century porters lodge. The client-led cabinetry concept was the brainchild of Andrew Beaumont, Hertford’s Estates Project Manager. Centred around two striking curved reception more

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25th Mar 2020

The Barr Group // Covid 19 Response

Dear Clients, Collaborators, Suppliers and Friends, The health and safety of our community is paramount. Although we have been doing all that we can to assist in the containment of Covid-19, we believe that now is the time to take more definitive steps. With an absence of specific government more

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7th Feb 2020

Talking Build Quality and Apprenticeships with the FMB & ITV Meridian

As part of an investigative report on build quality, apprenticeships and training standards, Barr Group Director, Stuart Barr, and FMB South Director, Phil Hodge, talk to ITV News Meridian (Feb broadcast date and time TBC - watch this space!) Industry trends have shown a decline in the number of more

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4th Feb 2020

London Calling; Embracing the challenges of working in town.

Having worked on numerous London projects over the years, we have been asked by countless clients, architects and design collaborators for a dedicated London build service. Now with established teams, 2020 looks set to bring many more high-specification Capital renovations into the Barr Group mix. more

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3rd Feb 2020

Fern Cottage Annex, A temporary roost whilst the family ‘coop’ reforms.

The are definite advantages to on-site living throughout a build. Potentially hefty rental costs are negated and close proximity enables real involvement and fast informed decision making. In addition, there is the ‘squash and a squeeze’ principle ...spend a few months in a compact more

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24th Jan 2020

Future proofing of historic barns… as well as some fabulous vintage vehicles!

When no longer required as stabling, our client was unsure of how to repurpose these old thatched Berkshire barns. Commercial use would, over time, pay for the renovation works required to secure their structural integrity in years to come… but what was it to be? In their guidelines for more

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17th Dec 2019

The Mulberry Cottage Fairy Tale

A client with a clear vision combined with a construction company with a desire to make it happen (as well as made to measure joinery and kitchens capacity)… the perfect blend for a design and build project. Nearly two decades ago, our clients bought a delightful stone and timber clad more

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14th Oct 2019

Interview… David Noonan, one of the three directors at StuartBarr CDR, gives us an insight into the ethos and workings of the organisation.

What makes StuartBarr CDR different from other construction companies? As co-directors, we are driven by the pursuit of build excellence. We are, first and foremost, friends (and family) and from there we became business partners. Each of us has been working in the industry for longer than we would more

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10th Oct 2019

Transformation from Indulgent Lux to Considered Design -Decorex 2019

Decorex 2019, as always offered its unique mix of everything that is new in interior furnishing and finishes; the ultimate sweetshop for interior designers! This year however there was a step-change from the indulgent lux of years gone by to the unspoken theme of ‘considered design’. more

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