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Ridge nominee wins Client of the Year at Constructing Excellence Awards 2017

Ridge were pleased to nominate the University of Winchester due to their impressive willingness to go above and beyond to help their students, staff, supplier, community groups and more.

Ridge has worked with the University for a number of years now and the estate has undergone a significant amount of construction to improve and expand its built assets. A new facility is currently in its detailed design phase and the University has taken on the role of Project Management itself in order to ensure the smooth running of the scheme. The Client also continually demonstrates clear leadership through using the IESE framework.

The University is a value driven institution of which is determined to contribute to achieving a sustainable future. Success of this Client is evidenced in both the satisfaction of its students and academic achievement.

Judges Comments:

The University of Winchester has adopted the WELL Building Standard to stimulate better outcomes for students and employees. They live by strong corporate ideals and transfer these through effective leadership, consultation and collaboration. It is refreshing to see a relatively small client and team pushing the boundaries and feeling they really can make a difference. Size isn’t everything but the impact they are making is exceptional.

Project Results:

  • Value for money – ensuring effective spend and resources
  • Robust Employer Requirement documents
  • Carbon intensity of the campus down by 45% against 2006 baseline – fourth lowest carbon intensity in its sector. Despite a 70% growth, campus carbon emissions have reduced by 5.5%
  • Recycle rate 70% up from 14% in January 2009, 100% of waste diverted from landfill
  • Successful management of existing campus as well as new build elements to achieve an ‘actual’ reduction in environmental impact
  • An inclusive environment and a nicer place to study, work and live


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