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Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One, now Renault Sport F1, commissioned Ridge to deliver a full multi-discipline service on the construction of a state-of-the-art Computational Fluid Dynamics Facility. The CFD in Enstone, Oxfordshire, is used to simulate the aerodynamic performance of F1 cars and their components.

Our motorsport experts were required to provide a heavily serviced 65x17m building to accommodate a brand new electronic aerodynamics research and development facility while minimising the environmental impact on the countryside setting. An additional challenge was that the plot is a Cotswolds Site of Scientific Interest, which made it subject to stringent planning restrictions.

Ridge conceived a subterranean design and engineered a landscape scheme to minimise the impact of the new facility. Some 14,000m³ of soil was excavated and redistributed on site, which spared local villages from the traffic of an estimated 1,700 loads of eight-wheel heavy goods vehicles. West Oxfordshire District Council was supportive of these solutions and the planning committee voted the scheme through unanimously.

The underground building is a very simple structure based on a matiére pre-cast arch structure, which is often used for tunnels and bridges. Ridge was closely involved in the initial concept design and then worked with the manufacturer, adapting the structure successfully to provide the main envelope for the building. The solution won a Concrete Society award for innovation.

It is an extremely efficient structural engineering solution. Among its benefits, being underground takes advantage of the stable ground temperature, which means that it requires less energy to heat or cool.

The suite of services Ridge provided included architecture, project management, cost management, building services engineering, BSE cost management, structural engineering and CDM co-ordination. We were also the employers’ agent.

Ridge has been involved with the Enstone F1 site since the construction of the main building for Benetton in 1991 and has worked on all the main developments for the site since.

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Renault Formula One -projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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