Ronald McDonald House Completed at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital, Oxford

02 June 2020

Ridge has been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities for many years, and this year Ridge is proud to have delivered the latest Ronald McDonald House at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital in Oxford.

The house has commenced its use at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, it was a challenge for all parties including the client, contractor, designers and Ridge to facilitate its completion, the team work and extra-ordinary collaboration has resulted in a building the Ronald McDonald House Charities have stated they are very proud of.

Ronald McDonald House Charities have been operating in the UK for 30 years, with the construction of their first house starting in 1989. They are recognised globally and opened their first house in Philadelphia in 1974.

A Ronald McDonald House is purpose-built facility constructed on the campus of, or adjacent to, an NHS primary care hospital.  Houses provide a free and welcoming place to stay, available to families with children receiving treatment or care at the partnered hospital. Families can stay for as long as they need to, allowing them to focus on what is most important, their child.  The site at the John Radcliffe fits this brief and is close by the Women’s and Children’s department entrance, this adjacency provides the ideal location for the house along with its pleasant garden and adjacent green areas.

Ridge has also project managed the construction of Ronald McDonald Houses in Manchester, Southampton and London.  The new House in Oxford will be the 14th such facility in the UK, and with 62 bedrooms it will be able to support nearly 1,000 families a year. This latest house has been commended by all who have had the opportunity to visit it, and is a result of refining the design, as each house is built so that the entire team learns lessons that they can take to the next house.  This is the third house the current team of designers, constructors and managers have built together which has resulted in design, cost and quality efficiencies.

Our support for the Charity goes beyond provision of services.  Ridge is sponsoring a bedroom in the Oxford Ronald McDonald House and have hosted Cycling Sportive events to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.