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29th Mar 2019

Specialist collaborators further indulge our creative palette

At the Barr Group, we are fortunate to find ourselves in the midst of a continuous stream of design ideas and specialist skill sets which weave their way through our projects. In a bid not to keep these fabulous talents to ourselves – we would like to take this opportunity to share the more

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18th Mar 2019

RIBA Henley Design Day; Saturday 23rd March; a date in the diary for Creativity & Design

The Barr Group are delighted to be joining local architects and specifiers this weekend at the 7th annual RIBA Henley Design Day. Covering the wider area of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Henley Design Day is a great opportunity to meet local experts in architecture, design and build, more

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11th Mar 2019

Size really doesn’t matter...

Whilst StuartBarr CDR prides itself on the delivery of large principal contractor builds, the smaller projects remain at the heart of its portfolio. It is these ‘niche’ projects which provide the most rewarding experience for the whole team, including the clients themselves. Ranging more

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28th Feb 2019

The Barr Group Thailand Community Project

Back in 2010 Stuart, and an extended team of Barr Group adventurers, headed to the Thai / Myanmar (Burmese) border to help build infrastructure for The Baan Unrak Children’s Home there. Reeling from many years of civil war and an unprecedented refugee crisis, the Sangkhlaburi area was then, more

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4th Feb 2019

RAW Potential Cabin - Doing Good with Wood

Based in Blackbird Leys, RAW workshop does not see itself as a charity or even a social enterprise - rather a commercial organisation with a meaningful mission - ‘to help people become exceptional rather than being the exception’ and to build a social business that thrives on merit, not more

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30th Jan 2019

Underground Eco-Haven; The long term efficacy of the ground source heat pump

In true Grand Designs style, we take the opportunity to re-visit the fabulous Long Crendon Underground House. Since its completion in 2016, Stephen and Neil Bentley-Gockman’s self-designed home has been featured in the Saturday Telegraph’s Property section, with a focus on achieving more

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29th Jan 2019

The Mayfield Barn Eco-Vision; in tune with its surroundings without costing the Earth.

Mayfield was the first in a pair of Dutch barn conversions. The barns are situated in fields just outside the village of Long Crendon, with endless views across the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The overall objective was to create two individual but complimentary family homes, each more

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29th Jan 2019

Harnessing the Sun’s Rays; Tesla Powerwall makes for sustainable family living.

In 2018, as part of the extension and renovation to their stunning listed farmhouse, StuartBarr CDR clients over in Dorchester went the extra sustainable mile. They were keen to ensure that their family home was achieving the lowest possible carbon footprint and as such turned to the latest in more

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19th Nov 2018

Principal Contractor Case Study; Expanding the Misbourne Horizon

Each principal contractor project at StuartBarr CDR is very much a test of team-work, from the planning stages and right through the build. The 12 months of extension, re-modelling and renovation works at Chestnut Ridge was no exception. With up to ten contracting companies on site at any one time, more

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13th Nov 2018

The Open Book Approach; an ever more popular build choice.

For every construction project there are many potential ways to build. The Barr Group ethos is to put the client at the forefront of everything we do and when that principle applied to the build process there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’. At Woodland Road our client was keen to more

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