Delivery of a new science and ceramics building for Queen Elizabeth School in Bristol on an inaccessible steeply sloping site.
Ridge was appointed to provide multidiscipline services to review potential schemes that would allow the school to expand with flexibility.
Ridge conducted a space audit that produced six options; the school chose to focus its attention on a free part of the campus offering the necessary space to subsequently alter and adapt future areas by providing churn space.
The selected site, on the steep slope of Brandon Hill, was adjacent to residential properties, making access difficult.
The selected site brought with it numerous challenges due to its location and the listed status of the school buildings. Ridge managed a comprehensive planning application process, which involved consultation with interested parties and the appointment of a contractor to fully understand and minimise the cost and time issues to the project.
Ridge worked closely with the contractor to develop an achievable strategy for construction given the inaccessibility and slope of the site.
The scheme delivered a 3-storey tiered building, providing science laboratories and a ceramics studio.
Ridge lead the design team and provided close liaison with the school throughout the works.
Developed an achievable strategy for construction given the inaccessibility and slope of the site