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    1st Apr 2019

    ‘Crinan’, a Buckinghamshire barn with a Highlands inspired outlook. Featured now in enki magazine – volume 13

    Nestled into the Scottish Argyll coastline sits the tiny harbour village of Crinan. Stuart Barr, Founder and Director of the Barr Group, spent many of his childhood summers enjoying its wild and wonderful scenery. “The draw of Crinan has stayed with me,” says Stuart. “We feel ...read more

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    2nd Apr 2019

    Wallingford Farmhouse; where every last inch is made to measure

    From the first spade in the ground to the final brush stroke, every last inch of Wallingford Farmhouse was made to measure. Since its completion, it has been the recipient of much admiration from the world of design and architecture and has featured in several high-profile publications. ...read more

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    1st Apr 2019

    RAW Potential SOS Build Shapes up for April Grand Opening.

    As you may have read in our January edition, when the call went out for Barr Group staff and associates to help out on an SOS community build project, the team were keen to help. The SOS was in response to a need at RAW Workshop in Blackbird Leys to further support the young people who were coming ...read more

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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 ...read 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, ...read 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 ...read 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, ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

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