Ridge and two Ridge projects shortlisted for 2023 National Building and Construction Awards

17 July 2023

We are delighted to learn that Ridge has been shortlisted for three 2023 National Building and Construction Awards.

Ridge is in the running for “Consultancy of the Year”, while Chesil Cliff House and RNLI Wells are up for the “Project of the Year (Up to £10 million) award.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 16 November at the Hilton London Wembley. In 2022, Ridge was named “Overall Winner” at the awards, while our Greyfriars Church project in Reading won Gold in the “Project of the Year (up to £10 million)” category.

The 6,500 sq ft Chesil Cliff House on the North Devon Coast, along with its 2,000 sq ft annexe building, The Eye, featured as part of Channel 4’s Grand Designs series in 2019. The bold and elegant design for Chesil Cliff House, by Alan Phillips Architects, is contemporary and eye-catching, but complements the location well, giving the impression of an art deco lighthouse nestled snugly into the cliffs. The development began in 2012 as the ambitious vision of owner developer Edward Short, but acute financial difficulties led to it being effectively abandoned.

Ridge was subsequently appointed by new funder MSP Capital as Monitoring Surveyor on the project, our role then evolving to include full Cost Management. We took control of the budget, making the scheme financially viable and overseeing its progress to completion alongside Edward, contractor Palmer Birch and delivery architects RGP.

Crucial to the eventual success of the project was a strong foundation of trust between Edward, Ridge and the project team, with frequent communication and full transparency so everyone understood the reasoning behind major decisions. The alignment of the project goals from funder level was central to achieving buy-in on choices which made the scheme feasible.

The new RNLI lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk was built to replace the existing 1895 building, which was no longer able to accommodate the requirements of the staff and community. The new building is capable of housing the new, faster and more agile Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat, which was partly funded by a community campaign, and also houses the station’s D-class inshore lifeboat. The 530 sq m building provides much-improved facilities for the crew and space for community engagement. The design, by Studio Four Architects, employs a glulam frame and timber cladding, complementing the beautiful surroundings.

Ridge provided Cost Management services on this vital project for the RNLI. We selected two separate contractors, respectively covering the civils and building elements of the project, and Ridge provided value engineering before the start on site, reducing the contract sum by about 5%. The foundations and services work undertaken by Mackley, and then Reside constructed and fitted out the building and external areas.

Well done to everyone involved for these well-deserved nominations!