CABI wins top award for Low Energy Headquarters

16 September 2021

Oxford based multidiscipline property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge) was delighted to attend this year’s OxPropFest Awards, at which ‘Project of the Year’ was awarded to the stunning new headquarters of CABI. This unique development provided CABI with an exemplar, world class £9.5million building set in the Chilterns (AONB).

The ‘Project of the Year’ Award accepted by Scott Brownrigg Architects at the ceremony, recognises Oxfordshire’s finest quality new buildings which are inspirational for both the users and the wider community and constructed to a high-level of finish and design. Ridge was lead consultant, providing Project Management, Planning Consultancy, Cost Management and Quality Monitoring services.

CABI is a not-for-profit international organisation that improves people’s lives by addressing challenges in agriculture and the environment around the world, so it was vital that passive design principles were fully integrated with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

This high-profile, landmark development provides office space for 180 staff with low impact/low-carbon design principles, successfully integrated into a bio-diverse landscape, with a living roof, attracting insects and birds to enhance biodiversity. It was essential for CABI’s goals to achieve the lowest environmental impacts for the 2-storey, 2,500m² HQ. The design was therefore driven with low environmental impact at the forefront. Key considerations for the project were reducing the energy consumption, low running costs and minimal maintenance. CABI HQ was delivered on time, within budget and exceeded all quality expectations.

CABI was also highly commended for the Innovation and Sustainability category at the awards.

This was the fourth OxPropFest Awards ceremony held in Hangar 113 at Bicester Heritage with over 300 guests on 9th September.

Mark Richards, Equity Partner at Ridge said:

“We are delighted to see our project for CABI honoured with this award. It is a fantastic achievement for the team which recognises the huge efforts made by all to navigate this important project through many challenges and achievements over the past ten years – including planning hurdles, the appointment of the full consultant team and managing the successful completion of the build.”