Conservation of Abingdon County Hall MuseumAbingdon

With Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF), Grade I listed Abingdon County Hall has been renovated and refurbished to extend the life of the building fabric and to improve access for the public

Ridge worked successfully with English Heritage, local authority planners and conservation officers in a relationship which culminated in receiving Planning and Listed Building consent, with English Heritage approval, followed by a successful Stage 2 HLF application.  This was followed by a traditionally procured construction phase.

Ridge studied the building to assess the historic, evidential and aesthetic value to all of the various elements and components layered over time. Various 1950’s additions were removed, allowing the original timber frame to be exposed for the first time in 60 years. The basement was also fully refurbished, allowing visitors into previously unused spaces. Additional building facilities, such as the new café and education space, alongside a dynamic pump display, have opened up previously redundant areas of the building.

The building works, managed by Ridge, were completed within budget while ensuring an extremely high standard of construction and finish suitable for such a heritage context.

  • £2.1 million

    Project value

  • Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2012

  • Constructed between 1678 and 1682