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From October 2009 – February 2013 plans were realised to commission, design, construct and consecrate a new Chapel within the historic grounds of Ripon College, the Anglican Theological Training Centre based at Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire.
Located on the 1st floor of the main building, and with a capacity of just 40, the existing Chapel at the College had been deemed no longer fit for purpose for the growing community on the grounds of size and inaccessibility for the elderly and disabled.
The new “Bishop Edward King Chapel” became the subject of a RIBA design competition that attracted over 100 entries. Its construction formed part of a wider £6.5million building programme onsite that also included teaching and accommodation spaces.
The 120 seat Chapel is elliptical in shape and its distinctive dog-tooth stone banding both complements the existing buildings in its material but remains very distinct in its form. The Chapel has a lattice-work timber frame which comprises curved laminated columns and beams to support a 13m high roof. It also features a series of clerestory windows, to the top of the walls, and floods the interior with light.
Ridge were originally appointed as Quantity Surveyors to provide cost advice on the five designs shortlisted by the competition. Once the winning design was chosen Ridge’s appointment was extended to provide full cost management services through to completion of the building. Ridge worked alongside with both Niall McLaughlin Architects and Structural Engineers Price Myers to develop accurate cost plans for the scheme. Ridge also worked closely with experts including stonemasons and timber specialists to develop realistic budgets for the more bespoke elements of the design. In seeking cost advice from specialists at an early project stage Ridge successfully managed the commercial aspect of the more bespoke elements of this high-quality design to achieve both the client’s budget and programme. Ridge also provided BREEAM advice across the wider development.
EW Beard of Oxford were appointed to carry out the works and, following successful completion and consecration by the Bishops of Oxford and Gloucester, the Chapel has now won several awards, including:
- BCIA Small Building Project of the Year award in the British Construction Industry Awards
- The structural award and the gold medal at the Wood Awards
- Oxford Preservation Trust Award
- RIBA Award for South East
It was also shortlisted this year for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize, narrowly missing out despite being the bookmakers’ favorite in the lead-up to the ceremony.
The Chapel has attracted both local and national attention in the media, including features in the Architect’s Journal and the Sunday Observer as well as the BBC.
Most recently the Chapel came in fourth place in a competition by the National Churches Trust, with judges saying; the chapel is a treat to look at, architecturally elegant, with a lovely intimate reflective interior.’
The Chapel has been an undoubted success with both the client and the wider community at Cuddesdon. This truly has been a project that Ridge are proud to say they have worked on and is a building the likes of which are rarely commissioned.