Ridge shortlisted for five SECBE Awards

17 March 2022

Ridge is delighted that five projects by our Winchester and Reading offices have been shortlisted for the SECBE (Constructing Excellence) Awards 2022.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 30 June 2022.
The Ridge nominations are:

Building Project of the Year over £10 million

  • Church Farm, Radley (Reading office)

Conservation & Regeneration

  • Greyfriars Church, Reading (Reading office)
  • Burrell House, Winchester (Winchester office)

Net Zero

  • West Downs Centre, Winchester (Winchester office)

Residential Project of the Year

  • Bradbury View, Winchester (Winchester office)

Church Farm  is a beautiful and highly sustainable residential development in the Oxfordshire village of Radley, delivering an architecturally diverse, but cohesive, development. The inclusive project creates 246 residential units of different living types, from houses to apartments. The Ridge Architecture team was appointed by developer Blenheim Estate / Pye Homes to redevelop an existing, legacy-driven concept design, and was subsequently appointed to act as Executive Architect after securing planning permission.

Ridge provided multidisciplinary services on the Greyfriars Church project replaced the inappropriate 1970s-constructed front foyer of Reading’s 14th century, Grade I-listed Greyfriars Church, as well as repurposing two dilapidated Victorian terraced houses and constructing architecturally sympathetic new-build facilities. The old foyer detracted from the beautiful church and hid its architectural heritage. The transparent new atrium allows the church walls to be seen again and provides a welcoming space, including a café, bookshop and lounge for events or socialising.

Completed in September 2021, the Burrell House project involved the stabilisation and refurbishment of a derelict and unsafe Victorian residential building in the grounds of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, to form the new Winchester Hospice, providing compassionate, specialist care for up to 10 inpatient residents. There was no dedicated hospice in Winchester before this project completed; Burrell House provides a well-equipped and pleasant environment locally for people who live around Winchester, easing the burden on residents and their loved ones.

The flagship West Downs Centre, which opened in September 2021, was commissioned as a highly sustainable and wellbeing-friendly cultural hub for the University of Winchester. The state-of-the-art building, designed by Design Engine Architects, includes a 250-seat auditorium, a library, social learning areas, teaching spaces, an art gallery, a café, a zero-waste shop and a food hall. Acting as M&E design guardians, BREEAM Assessors and Advisory Professionals, Ridge worked closely with the university to ensure that the scheme met their high aspirations.

©Design Engine Architects

Bradbury View is a welcoming residential extension to Winchester charity Trinity’s day centre, creating much-needed apartments and communal facilities to help vulnerable people transition from homelessness. The sustainable, psychologically informed design provides a supportive environment to help transform lives. The wellbeing-friendly accommodation supplements Trinity’s programme of activities, therapies and treatment. The project team worked collaboratively to ensure the delivery of a high-quality building suitable for the complex requirements of Trinity and its residents.

Congratulations to our Winchester and Reading teams, and to our clients and partners on all these great projects, for these well-deserved nominations.

The full shortlist for this year’s SEBCE Awards can be found here.