Cheney School Oxford

Demolition of an existing structure and construction of a 2-storey building to provide a new science block for Cheney School in Oxford.

The new science block is the first stage of a 5-year development masterplan. The project was jointly funded by the Local Education Authority (for the expansion) and the ACMF (to replace the substandard accommodation).

Ridge critically interrogated the detailed brief it developed with the school to get the most appropriate building within the funding allowed.

 The initial task was to arrange for demolition asbestos surveys to be undertaken in advance of any intrusive works. The existing 1950s single-storey buildings were demolished under careful supervision by Ridge, in order to minimise any risk to student safety and ongoing operation of the school.

Temporary accommodation was required to decant the existing science department for the duration of the works; installation of these teaching spaces was completed during the summer break.

  • £4.5 million

    Project value

The accommodation now includes seven science laboratories, seven classrooms and two flexible break-out spaces. The provision of science labs has been split into ‘studio’ labs and ‘fully serviced’ labs to help reduce the required floor area and overall construction cost.