Ridge partners with Royal Agricultural University on £100 million Innovation Village

24 January 2023

The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester has unveiled plans for a £100 million new Innovation Village that will become home to leading agricultural technology businesses, researchers and start-ups.

With project management and planning being delivered by Ridge, the University has unveiled its concept for a sustainable, carbon neutral, Innovation Village that aims to support industry, food producers, farmers, and landowners in developing sustainable solutions for healthy land and nature, food production, and resilience in rural communities.

The site will comprise a number of integrated areas including a Research and Innovation centre, live/work residential units, business start-up and support spaces, as well as business and conferencing hospitality facilities.

Spearheading the project, Ridge has worked closely with the University to bring together a core design team all based within 60 miles of the site.

To help realise the University’s vision for sustainability, design principles include construction methods and materials that will minimise environmental impact of the development, enabling energy efficient and low carbon ongoing usage, operations, and maintenance of the site. Low carbon transportation will be promoted in and around the site which will be designed to protect, and enhance, biodiversity and, visually, the construction will complement the local landscape.

Russell Nunn, Senior Project Manager at Ridge, said:

​​​​​​​“It’s such an exciting scheme and I’m proud to be leading for Ridge on a project with exemplar sustainable credentials and that takes on the challenge of sustainable food production. Across the project we are providing Project Management and Planning services from the Cheltenham Office as well as Principal Designer and BIM services from Oxford.”

For more information about the project, contact Russell Nunn, Senior Project Manager or Tim Leigh, Project Management Partner.