Royal Agricultural University, Farm491 and The Alliston Centre Cirencester

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has developed two new-build constructions to provide shared office space to start-up companies.

Ridge was appointed by the RAU to assist in the development of light industrial and office space in two locations with very distinct identities. Farm491 is the redevelopment of a former farm building, and was required to maximise the rural setting. While The Alliston Centre is located on-campus and required to provide meeting and collaborative working space.

Ridge provided a technical review of both projects to ensure their suitability to the client brief. At Farm491, Ridge oversaw the construction works through to completion. At The Alliston Centre, Ridge were involved from the tender stage, assisting with the procurement process, contractor appointment, and continued management of the works.

During post-contract stages, Ridge acted as Employer’s Agent for both projects, liaising with contractors and client.

  • £2.6 million

    Project value

  • 277

    Student accommodation units

  • 1,748sqm

    Combined office space

Results
In response to the client’s brief, Farm491 offers utilitarian space for innovators to grow their businesses by applying technology to agriculture. As well as providing high-spec facilities, this campus includes 491 hectares of farmland for research and testing.

The Alliston Centre is now successfully operational as growth hub for agri-tech start-ups, offering collaborative working spaces, dedicated offices, and meeting rooms.