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Abingdon County Hall Museum

Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

The renovation of Abingdon County Hall Museum, a Grade I Listed building, required extensive experience of sensitive refurbishments. Ridge, appointed in a multi-discipline role, provided the solutions to deliver an outstanding upgrade at the museum in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The building works, managed by Ridge, were completed within budget to a particularly high standard of construction, resulting an extremely successful, sympathetic and sustainable scheme.

The solutions Ridge provided for the museum, which was built in 1682, included identifying the potential risk posed by lead-painted surfaces within the building. Ridge commissioned a full lead paint survey, using X-ray fluorescence-isotope technology. This approach was both the most cost-effective for high volume sampling and provided the most accurate and detailed readings from a non-destructive test.  The survey allowed us to support the contractor to adopt critical control measures during construction in the areas that were high in lead content.

A high level of lighting was required for the new-look Abingdon County Hall Museum. To minimise the extra maintenance requirements that this could have created, long-life LED lights were specified to illuminate the exterior of the building and non-slip glazing was used to light the basement from street level, rather than heavy gratings which would need to be removed for cleaning purposes.

In addition, Ridge ensured the protection of the museum’s delicate Grade I Listed façade while also meeting the challenge of restricted access to the site with a uniquely-designed scaffolding system.

Ridge successfully managed numerous other challenges, including asbestos and lead on the underside of the roof covering.

Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Abingdon County Hall Museum - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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