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The success of the initial elements to the overall strategy were put under immense strain during the pandemic. RJA had identified a premise that the studio could expand into for a second time and that premises would be on Winchelsea Road, E7 under a railway arch owned by The Arch Co and Network Rail.


The strain came from an ever-changing economic environment through-out the early stages of the pandemic, plus on top of that the arch played host to squatters for the best part of 9 months and finally once we got the keys was when the construction industry was impacted by increased labour and material cost caused by Brexit and the pandemic. Out of the level of pressure experienced by RJA a new team started to emerge and with that a perfect opportunity to formalise the working structure that had been loosely in place for years. Alongside the investment in the physical infrastructure of the arch, construction of the extension which hosts a fully fitted kitchen and accessible toilets was also the rebranding and structuring of RJA’s processes, fee structure and passive income strategy.


Using the newly established studio premise and creating a face to architecture in Newham and Waltham Forest provides the opportunity to meet and support a diverse community with ever changing requirements and Forest Gate Works in association with RJA is looking forward to providing this over the years to come.

new chapter of the studio

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