The Royal Agricultural University, Rural Innovation ParkCirencester

Ridge was appointed by the Royal Agricultural University to design the buildings and structures and successfully secured reserved matters consent for this exciting new rural innovation park.

Ridge worked with Royal Agricultural University on their Campus Masterplan and was asked to undertake the Reserved Matters application for the Triangle Site. The proposed development provides a total building area of 22,000sqm with facilities for education, research, conferences, business, collaborative working and office space.

The site comprises approximately 9.5 hectares of land and is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The design proposals Ridge put forward are for a high quality, campus-style business park within a landscaped parkland setting, which will have a low impact on the existing site. The proposals have emphasised the following:

  • Proposed buildings siting and scale within an important rural gateway site
  • Flexible buildings to adapt to differing needs of the occupiers to allow business expansion and change of use
  • Landscape and visual impact, building form and materiality
  • Sustainable principles; offering the potential for live, work, learn and recreation together with the wider university campus
  • Sustainable connectivity with pedestrian and cycle access within the parkland with vehicle connections to public transport routes
  • 22,000sqm of development

    Project size

  • 9.5ha

    Site size

Ridge delivered a sustainable proposal that was carefully designed, taking into account the siting and massing of the buildings, the surroundings, the sensitive views from the roads around the site, the views within the site, the internal spaces and their requirements for design efficiency, flexibility, practicality and user comfort and well-being.

The design proposals are a contemporary vernacular in terms of form, whilst the materiality was chosen for its recessive low visual impact and low embodied energy. Locally available materials provide longevity and are respectful of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.