The Cowyards Conversion and Refurbishment Oxfordshire

The client, Blenheim Estates, required the conversion and refurbishment of a Victorian diary yard into office accommodation.

The Park, in which Blenheim Palace is set, was landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s and was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987. As part of the Estate, the site holds Grade II listing and is set within a Grade listed landscape.

Ridge, who both provided services to the project and served as the occupier, was required to work sensitively with the heritage elements of the site, while also incorporating important sustainability measures.

The project, procured through 2-stage tender, required the full spectrum of Ridge’s multidiscipline property and consultancy service.

The sympathetic approach to restoration carefully conserved the historic details; sensitive consideration was given to the new use of the building to enhance existing features. Any changes to the fabric of the building were limited: the footprint remains unchanged, with the exception of a glazed link (which was incorporated to unite the buildings). The formation of new openings was reduced to a minimum.

Ridge successfully managed its own office move, which took place over three days. In addition to the furniture and equipment for the 100-strong staff, all the IT equipment (including the main servers which supply all the Ridge UK offices) was successfully relocated and fully operational for the first day of business without disruption.

The scheme delivered 1700sqm prestigious office accommodation with an infrastructure developed to meet the brief. Ridge delivered the project within budget and three months ahead of programme.

  • £2.5 million

    Project value

  • Grade II

    Listed building

  • UNESCO

    World Heritage Site