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Jennie Lee Building, The Open University

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

The Open University required its existing Jennie Lee Building to be replaced with a new home for technology research and teaching. The new facility would enable the flexible deployment of established and emerging technologies, specifically ambient and mobile technologies. It had to be a state-of-the-art and iconic building in order to attract leading academics. Ridge was asked to work on the project, having been involved in the re-development of the Open University’s Campus since 2002.

The existing building was located on a brownfield site in the heart of the university complex. Named after Jennie Lee, who was instrumental in founding the Open University, the building had housed the library before becoming vacant following construction of a new library facility.

The project involved the demolition of the old structure, which had to be carried out with minimal disruption to the campus and with the majority of demolition materials being recycled. In addition, the Open University site hosts one of the largest populations of the great crested newt in Europe. Therefore careful planning with English Nature was required to protect this wildlife prior to any works commencing.

The new incarnation of the Jennie Lee Building features a central atrium area with circulation bridges and a bespoke ETFE rooflight, laboratory spaces at ground floor level and two storeys of open-plan offices with two main cores to provide flexibility of layout.

Ridge managed the costs of the project, including carrying out a series of value engineering workshops in order to maintain the client’s budget. Our experts also prepared monthly, bespoke cost reports and in turn completed the university’s own, in-house cost and cash flow reports. The project was completed to the client’s satisfaction and Ridge was subsequently appointed to the university’s capital projects framework.

Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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Jennie Lee Open University  Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

Jennie Lee Open University Projects Ridge & Partners LLP

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