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Awards

Ridge has been associated with the successful delivery of many projects that have merited some prestigious construction industry awards. We have also won a number of specific awards for our services including "Consultant of the Year".

We have won over 100 awards in the last ten years, many of which have been presented as an annual celebration of the built environment, given out to our projects demonstrating excellence in various categories including regeneration, building conservation, community benefit, sustainability and value for money.

Multi-Award Winning Bodies 2017
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Success for Ridge Project

Heathcott Road, one of Europe’s largest passivhaus affordable home schemes, has won multiple awards including the following:

  1. RICS – East Midlands Residential Award 2017
  2. Midlands Residential Property Awards – Residential Development of the Year 2017
  3. Celebrating Construction Awards – Project of the Year 2017
  4. Housing Excellence – Affordable Housing Scheme 2017
  5. Finalist RICS – East Midlands Community Benefit Award 2017
  6. Finalist National Housing Awards – Best Regeneration Project of the Year 2017
Design in Mental Health Network 2017

Success for Ridge project

Ancora House, The Countess of Chester Hospital won two prestigious awards, winning Service User Management and Project of the Year.

The Countess of Chester is a 600-bed single-site hospital supporting 425,000 patients every year.
To offer increased support to young service users in need of local dedicated mental health facilities, Villicare (a joint venture between CWP and Ryhurst) was established, and the substantial Hospital grounds were identified as an ideal location for a new Tier 4 CAMHS unit.

The Hospital’s estate presented numerous challenges including the logistical undertaking of the construction phase within an operational health campus, along with a range of site issues.  The project was further challenging due to the level of client changes incorporated during the construction phase, including the addition of a further psychiatric intensive care units ward/ unit.

We were delighted to provide Project Management and Employer Agent services on this fantastic project.

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RICS South Awards 2017
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Success for Ridge project

RICS London 2017
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Success for Ridge project

The Portland Collection, Welbeck was shortlisted for the RICS London 2017 awards.

The Portland Collection gallery is a new purpose-built exhibition space which has been constructed between retained walls of former Gallops, within the curtilage of the Grade I listed Welbeck Abbey.

Ridge was employed as Cost Manager and M&E Quantity Surveyor on this project.

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RICS London 2017

Success for Ridge projects

Stonegrove Community Centre, Edgeware was shortlisted for the RICS London 2017 awards.

This project was shortlisted under the following categories:

  • Design by Innovation
  • Community Benefit
  • Regeneration

A unique project, Ridge was employed as Project Manager, Employer’s Agent and Cost Manager.

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Insider West Midlands Property Awards 2016

Success for Ridge project 

The Midland Metro Birmingham City Tram Extension won project of the year at the Insider West Midlands Property Awards. 

This project forms as part of Birmingham City Council’s City Plan, including an extension to the tram system. Ridge staff worked as an integral part of the Metro Programme as Client and NEC Project Manager.

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WhatHouse, Winner 2016

Success for Ridge Project

The client, Audley Retirement is a market leader in the provision of a new concepts in retirement living within the UK. This project won best retirement development and best interior design.

Ridge are pleased to work with Audley on the regeneration of a number of sites.

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Structural Timber Awards 2016

Success for Ridge Project 

We’re pleased to announce that our client, GlaxoSmithKline has been highly commended in the Structural Timber Awards 2016 for their low carbon compliance building where we provided Principal Designer and Cost Management services. 

This project is a bespoke design and build scheme, constructed using low carbon element. The building features an airtight and thermally efficient building envelope, while the main structure comprises a cross-laminated timber frame with wall panels made from hemp-based panels.

Construction began in 2014 and was completed in the spring of 2016.

Building Awards 2016

Success for Ridge Projects 

We are a finalist in the Building Awards 2016 for Construction Consutlant/Surveyor of the year (over 1oo staff). 

The Building Awards has long been recognised as the most prestigious networking event in the built environment calendar. The next edition of the awards take place on Tuesday 8th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

RIBA South Award 2016
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Success for Ridge Project

Ridge wins the RIBA South Award 2016 for The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

The University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art required a new expanded and modern-day building from which to operate its new ‘Masters Degree in Fine Arts’ course.

Working with the Client and project team, Ridge reviewed both the project brief and University requirements and identified a significant number of potential cost saving measures that were then assessed against the project brief, planning implications and wider University stakeholder requirements. Ridge managed this process to confirm that all changes complied with the University design standards and statutory consents/ requirements checking that the overall programme was maintained such that the required completion date could be met.

Ridge provided Project Management skills on this scheme.

 

 

Housing Design Awards 2016

Success for Ridge Project 

Ridge has been shortlisted for a Housing Design Award for our project, Beaufort Gate (Portsmouth Gateway).

We are delighted to see Beaufort Gate shortlisted for a 2016 Housing Design Award. We are pleased to be the design team on the project.

RICS South East Regional Awards 2015

Success for Ridge Project

Ridge wins RICS South East Regional Regeneration Award for Faroe and Maldives Regeneration Project in Basingstoke.

This project involved the regeneration of an existing residential estate with the construction of 280 new build houses and apartments with all units built to code for Sustainable Homes level 3.

Ridge provided the following services on this regeneration scheme:

  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • CDM Co-ordinator
  • HQI and Code Assessor
  • Party Wall Surveyor

 

LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015

Success for Ridge Project 

Ridge wins LABC Building Excellent Award, Best Public Service Building for the Madeira Road Development in Bournemouth.

This project involved a re-development scheme to provide a 400 space multi-storey car park and 378-bed Halls of Residence for the Arts University Bournemouth.

The scheme, where we provided Building Service Engineering and Structural Engineering services, consists of a 6-storey car park. In addition, there are three separate blocks of student accommodation of between 4 and 7 storeys, accessed via a central facilities block.

The rooms are arranged in cluster flats of 6 or 8 en-suite rooms, with a shared kitchen/lounge. Self contained studios have their own kitchen facilities.

 

RICS East Midlands 2015

Success for Ridge Project

We were delighted to be awarded the RICS East Midlands 2015 Residential Award for EMH Affordable Housing development where we provided Emoployer’s Agent, Cost Management and CDM Co-ordinator services.

EMH Housing bought an existing derelict shoe factory on a restricted site in South Wigston, for the development possibilities to assist with the much needed demand for Affordable Housing in the district.

12 apartments comprise 1-bed and 2-bed units, some with open gallery bedrooms designed to emphasise the existing architectural features of the original structure.

RICS National Awards 2015

Success for Ridge Project

Ridge are pleased to be finalists in the RICS National Awards for Small Project of the year 2015 for Bishop Edward King Chapel where we provided Cost Management and BREEAM Advisor services.

This project involved a new chapel being constructed in the grounds of Ripon Theological College in west Oxfordshire.

The new Chapel was the subject of a RIBA design competition and its construction forms part of a wider £6.5M development programme. The new oval-shaped construction, with a distinctive stonework exterior, stands alone adjacent to the existing listed buildings.

 

Stafford Building Excellence Awards 2015

Success for Ridge Project

Ridge wins Stafford Building Excellence Award for Quinton Primary School.

Ridge has provided quantity surveying services to Warwickshire County Council (WCC) for over 80 individual commissions since 2005, with Quinton Primary School being one of those commissions.

 

 

 

Civic Trust Awards 2014
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Success for Ridge projects

The 55th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 7th March at Blackpool Winter Gardens, supported by Blackpool Council and hosted by architect, writer and TV presenter George Clarke and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director Malcolm Hankey.

From 238 applications, 79 national and international projects were rewarded with a Civic Trust Award, Commendation or Community Recognition at the ceremony.

In addition, 8 Special Awards were presented to projects that have demonstrated outstanding credentials in specific areas. The 2014 Special Award Winners are:

National Panel Special Award: selected by National Panel members as their favourite scheme from this year’s Award winning projects was presented to Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, supported by Ridge Quantity Surveyors.

And also the winner of the Civic Trust Award for the South East was another Ridge quantity surveying project: Radley College’s Clocktower Square, by Design Engine Architects.

Civic Tust Awards

“The Awards recognise the best in the built environment, from architecture to planning, townscape to infrastructure and recognise the public realm in its wider context, and the Civic Trust’s continuing belief that development should be for the benefit of people – those who use it, and those who just pass by.”

Civic Trust Awards 2013
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Success for Ridge projects

On 10th March, the Civic Trust Awards winners and commendations were announced at an event held at the City Hall, in Cardiff. Ridge provided construction consultancy services for:

  • Crisis Skylight Centre (the Old Fire Station, Oxford), which received a “Community Recognition” award
  • The Hub, for the Hereford College of Art was “Commended”
  • base2stay hotel, Liverpool was also “Commended”

Civic Tust Awards

“The Awards recognise the best in the built environment, from architecture to planning, townscape to infrastructure and recognise the public realm in its wider context, and the Civic Trust’s continuing belief that development should be for the benefit of people – those who use it, and those who just pass by.”

What House Awards 2013
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Success for Ridge projects

The Awards Gala Luncheon, was held at at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 15 November 2013.

Ridge projects were recognised with awards including:

  • The top prize of a Gold award in the Best Retirement Development category for Audley Retirement’s Inglewood, Kintbury, Berkshire.
  • Also a Bronze award in the Best Interior Design category for Audley Retirement’s Inglewood, Hungerford, Berkshire.
  • A Bronze award in the Best Mixed-Use Development category for J3, Easton, Bristol, for Knightstone Housing.

Audley Inglewood Retirement Village (pictured) is a bespoke residential development within a parkland setting near Hungerford.  It offers an exceptionally high-standard of retirement properties, where residents own and live in their own homes; furthermore, Inglewood boasts the ‘Audley Club’ with the facilities you would wish to find in a country-house hotel.

The original Inglewood House was in an advanced state of dilapidation and consequently demolished.  It has been rebuilt, brick-by-brick, conscientiously replicating the integrity of the building, including its original façade.

Green Apple Awards 2012
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Silver success for Morden Hall Park

The retrofit Livinggreen visitor centre at Morden Hall Park, has been recognised with a Silver award by the Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

Livinggreen is a project partnership between nine organisations in five European countries, which promotes the renovation of historic buildings in a sustainable manner.
This project comprised the conversion of a disused stable yard, combining the highest standards of restoration work with the latest energy-efficient technology to meet the carbon neutral target.

Ridge is proud to have successfully produced innovative design solutions using computer modelling to deliver the newly converted stable yard. The scheme is expected to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating and in turn, become the most energy-efficient historic building in the country.

Our project page has more information on the scheme.

July 2012

The installation of the “Archimedes screw” hydroelectric turbine has featured in an article by The Guardian.

Follow this link to The Guardian website for more information

RICS East Midlands Sustainability Award 2011
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The Woodland Trust, Grantham

The Woodland Trust Headquarters in Grantham won the East Midlands regional award on 5th May 2011. The project came top out of 7 entries in the sustainability category. It will go forward to the national RICS awards later in the year.

Ridge provided quantity surveying services from feasibility through to completion of construction. Our recent experience with BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’ projects was a key factor in our appointment.

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated solely to the protection of our native woodland heritage. Having outgrown its Grantham-based headquarters, this new bespoke building was proposed, ¼mile from the existing site. As it is dedicated to protecting native woodland a highly innovative and sustainable building was required, along with substantial landscaping. The design is a single-storey graduating to 3-stories in a curve design, which lends itself to an enclosed landscaped courtyard (to be used for social space). The construction is cross laminated timber with timber cladding; the “green” roof is single span.

Interesting features include concrete radiators, which absorb heat build-up during the day; a system using voids which provides natural ventilation; and use of external Brise Soleil and internal light shelves deflect and maximise direct sunlight.

Ridge has been able to assist with the development of sustainable features in terms of cost and value for money due to recent experience with a wide range of sustainable construction features.
2,720m² of pure modern office accommodation with sustainable, flexible, practical space, designed to be energy efficient and green as function and budget allow. It is intended that the building will contribute positively to the local area in terms of design and open space, demonstrating quality, sustainability and frugal use of funds

LABC 2011 National Building Excellence Awards, Best Technical Innovation
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Hereford College of Technology, Straw Bale Cafe

Herefordshire College of Technology needed to replace its existing refectory with a larger and more aesthetically-pleasing facility within a restricted budget.

An innovative solution has been constructed: the design uses straw bale construction (providing a high level of insulation) within a timber frame. Some of the external walls were clad in timber supplied and cut by the College themselves, and the external wall facing the main road is a living green wall. This wall contains a substrate which allows either for direct pocket planting or for plants to be trailed up the wall.

A wind turbine and photovoltaic panels were included within the project to reduce the level of electricity used by the College.

The scheme successfully provides a sustainable Café which gives a good visual impression when approaching the College campus.

www.labcbuildingexcellenceawards.uk.com/national

7th Housing Excellence Awards 2010
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Consultant of the Year – Winner

Ridge was the outright winner of ‘Consultant of the Year’ at the 7th national ‘Housing Excellence Awards’ ceremony whichrewards projects, services, products and people who are integral to the UK housing market.

This year’s event in Manchester saw over 600 key movers and shakers from the industry celebrate the very pinnacle of endeavor in the housing sector.

The Judges said: “Ridge and Partners LLP is a multi-discipline property and construction consultancy specialising in high quality services and solutions for the social housing sector. It delivers expert consultancy support in respect of asset management, stock condition surveys, modern procurement, innovative strategies and holistic delivery planning, dispute resolution, Decent Homes, sustainability consultancy and BREEAM assessment.”

Building Magazine Awards 2010
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Consultant of the Year – Highly Commended

Ridge was awarded the only ‘Highly Commended’ as ‘Consultant of the Year’ ahead of many big industry names at the prestigious Building Awards in London where, it was particularly uplifting to hear the cheers for their entry.

The Judges awarded Ridge a ‘Highly Commended’ on the basis of an “impressive submission with a fresh approach that addressed the real needs of the market. This ability is reflected by Ridge and Partners’ relative position in the sector: it has risen from 67th to 48th in Building’s list of the top 250 consultants.”

For more information: www.building-awards.com

CTBUH 9th Annual Awards 2010
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Broadcasting Place, Leeds

Winner

The 9th Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards Dinner and Ceremony was held on 21 October 2010, in conjunction with an afternoon’s Symposium. During the Awards Symposium, the 2010 Best Tall Building award winning projects from the four global regions were introduced by representatives from both the building owners and architects.

Broadcasting Place won the Best Tall Building Europe award and was accepted by George Downing of building owners Downing, and Alex Whitbread of architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. It also won the best building over all from the 4 global regions. Ridge was project manager for the scheme.

For more information on the project see our projects page.

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Wood Awards 2010
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Stoke Newington Town Hall

Gold Award Winner

This project in Stoke Newington was the winner in the Conservation/Restoration Category. This category includes any project in the private or public sector in which conservation and/or restoration is the primary objective. The project may be structural or non-structural. Extensions and new buildings are excluded from this category. The scale of the work is not a significant criterion.

Ridge were appointed as quantity surveyor and CDMC for this restoration project. The Grade II listed Art Deco building, built in the 1930s, has been carefully refurbished to preserve its original features whilst providing flexible spaces with state-of-the-art audio visual and technical facilities. The two principal spaces that have undergone major restoration works are the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall.

The Council Chamber features Australian walnut timber panelling, a dramatic plaster domed ceiling, vaulted galleries and ornamental gold cornicing. Refurbishment of the Assembly Hall included an upgrade for the sprung Canadian maple dance floor and reinstating a suspended 1.5-metre diameter mirror ball at the centre of the hall.

Other works have provided a new contemporary entrance and reception foyer, a reinstated bar, and new kitchen space. Also the existing dressing rooms have been extensively refurbished with modern facilities.

For more information see our projects page

The Gold Award

The Gold Award is chosen by the judges from the winners of all five categories (Commercial & Public Access, Private/Best Small Project, Structural, Conservation/Restoration, and Furniture). The Gold Award is the winner of winners, and in 2010 was given to Stoke Newington Town Hall.

www.woodawards.com/winners/

BCSC Gold Awards 2009
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Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen
Commended, In-town Retail Scheme (300,000 sq ft or less)

The BCSC promotes a series of awards to recognise achievements within the retail property industry.

The BCSC Gold Awards have been running since 1985 and seek to recognise the ever-increasing standards of excellence in our industry and at the same time pay tribute to the developers’ response to the complex challenges presented by today’s urban agenda.

The Cornbow Shopping Centre is the main landmark building that people see as they approach Halesowen town centre. The centre was originally opened in 1967 and for almost 40 years it has provided local people with much of their day-to-day shopping. Both the multi-store car park and the exterior of the centre needed updating. The project was organised to allow the construction of an Asda store with an underground extension, a multi-storey car park and the bus station alongside each other.

For more information see our project page

Civic Trust Awards 2009 West Midlands
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St Nicolas Place, Kings Norton, Commended

Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe. From cafes and churches to housing and hospitals, the Civic Trust Awards have recognised buildings which have made a difference to local people and their communities by providing the design and facilities which have made better places for people.

This project is famous as the winner of the BBC’s Restoration series in 2004 and is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and the Restoration Fund.

The project involves two Grade II listed buildings the Tudor House (Saracen’s Head) and the Old Grammar School. The buildings are on either side of the 12th Century Church (Grade I) and churchyard, with which they form a major conservation and community feature. With St Nicolas Church, they make the largest complex of medieval buildings in Birmingham.

For more information please see our project page

RIBA East Midlands Awards 2009
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John Lewis Store Leicester, Winner

RIBA Awards are given for buildings that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment. The awards are annual, and have been running continuously since 1966.

The buildings are judged in the first instance by shortlisting panels in each region, who visit schemes individually and meet to produce a list of buildings to be visited by the region’s jury. Each regional jury is made up of a regional representative, a lay assessor from various disciplines and the jury chair, who is a nationally renowned architect and chairs the shortlisting panel. They visit the shortlisted projects, talking to clients and users and assessing design excellence irrespective of style, size or complexity of the project. The jury changes every year.

On the Leicester John Lewis store Ridge provided advice and project management support services during the agreement to lease negotiations, shell design development and construction as well as carrying out the role of on-site Project Manager and Contract Administrator during the fit-out and shop-fit stage of the project.

RICS South West Awards 2009
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Knowle West Media Centre,
Community Benefit Award Winner

This award looks for outstanding achievements in providing community facilities for a single or group of buildings.

In this category judges have sought to identify evidence of positive local community feedback, improvements to local landscape/ streetscape and high levels of public access to the scheme.

Knowle West Media Centre were winners of the RICS South West section and thus were shortlisted for the Grand Final of the national awards in the summer of 2009.

The new 2-storey fully sustainable building comprises numerous media rooms, a presentation theatre, a dark room with editing suites, office space, an ‘atrium’ cafeteria and presentation space. The Glulam timber frame construction has straw bale walls with external rendering.

The roof design has a central valley profile, and is covered with single-ply membrane, which will harvest rainwater to be recycled through a filtration system to the toilets. The ventilation is natural with Velux roof lights providing natural daylight and ventilation; Brise Soleil are used to reduce solar gain, and the building has photovoltaic cells, and a solar hot water installation.

For more information see our project page.

The Concrete Society Awards 2009
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Calthorpe House Edgbaston
New Building Award – Commended

The Concrete Society has commended Calthorpe House in its New Building Category at its awards dinner at The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on 13th November 2009.

The judges commented “Calthorpe House has been successfully designed and built as a contemporary office building that is at ease with the built heritage of the area and has excellent sustainability credentials. The design is an impressive use of concrete cladding and glass. While the decision to use precast concrete cladding is obvious, it is the size of the panels at 4.4m x 8,0m, with complex reinforcement design and pre-installed windows, and the high degree of prefabrication, that together make this building stand out”

Ridge was appointed as quantity surveyors on this prestigous project, which was completed earlier this year. The development is situated at a prime location with easy access, excellent car parking and an extensive range of local amenities; it was built to the highest specification and has been designed with the environment and energy efficiency in mind.

The Concrete Society Awards initiative has been running since 1968 and the Awards recognize excellence in the use of concrete for New Structures (both civil engineering and building), Mature structures, and the more recent Concrete Performance award presented for outstanding use of concrete in key critical applications.

Calthorpe House also won the Sustainable Development category at the 2008 Insider Property Awards, West Midlands.

Housing Design Awards 2008
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Awards - Ridge & Partners LLP

Gosport Railway Station

Project Winner

A mixed-use development in the heart of Gosport, this scheme is the third project that Ridge has secured with Hermitage Housing under the new Guinness Partnership Framework. Ridge has been appointed to take the project from Planning, appoint a Contractor and manage the works on site. We have to meet the expectations of the local community and deliver the project on time and within budget.

Designed by Sir William Tite, the Grade II* listed Victorian railway terminus became derelict following its closure in 1969. The former owners explored various redevelopment proposals and finally opted for an affordable housing scheme. A development brief was agreed with Gosport Borough Council and English Heritage which took into account the concerns of local people and incorporates solutions to various wildlife issues.

The site was offered for sale for restoration and conversion of the existing buildings and some new development. Hermitage Housing purchased the site and, following extensive consultation with the local Conservation Officer, achieved planning for 35 residential units (a mixture of flats and town houses), 3 office units as well as a community facility.

The main station element will be reinstated externally. New upper floor accommodation will be created. Features such as windows and stucco work will be re-created to match the original details.

A new construction of contemporary design will be positioned to the northern wall. It is intended that the “lean-to” nature of these proposed dwellings will not compromise the integrity of the original structure.

The original track layout defines the structural backbone on which the landscape design fits. The two railway platforms, accessed from each dwelling, serve as private terraces and provide a secure enclosure for a lowered central courtyard which has been re-designed to be a communal outdoor social area. The original layout of the formal waiting gardens at the front of the terminus will be reinstated and recreated to offer a community facility for use of dwellings off the passenger platform.

The Project was also commended by The Mail on Sunday in its British Homes Awards 2008