Education

Ridge has provided services to the education sector over many years. Education is a unique environment and our understanding of this across public and independent providers means we have worked in every area from Early Years to Further and Higher Education. We have experience spanning all types of schools and Special Educational Needs (SEN) facilities.

As a multidiscipline practice, our wide-ranging roles cover the maintenance of fabric and services; master planning and delivery of new buildings; and the refurbishment of existing facilities. Our depth of experience in this ever-evolving environment allows us to bring innovative and leading-edge thinking to each project, with a constant focus on ensuring our work benefits students, staff and wider stakeholder groups.

Understanding our clients’ needs and the importance of stakeholder management resulted in Ridge being appointed to provide a dedicated team of technical advisors to the Department for Education to deliver a significant programme of new schools. We also provide extensive support to Academies to secure Condition Improvement Funding (CIF), and to deliver those funded projects – from new windows, fire safety improvements and de-carbonisation through to expansion schemes. Our understanding of the process has helped us secure more than £30m in CIF and SALIX funding.

We also have wide-ranging experience assisting with the strategic management of education estates due to our understanding of budgetary cycles and the need to maximise capital expenditure. Our Building Surveyors and Engineers frequently undertake condition and asset surveys so we can prepare asset management plans and databases, which support proactive management of the buildings and grounds.

We look forward to collaborating on your education project.

“Our teams at Ridge take great pride in applying their in-depth knowledge of the education sector to bring best-in-class thinking and passion to every project,” Paul Harding, Partner.

Expertise

Results of our work

Testimonials

Approachable, honest and good service. Good quality information and professional documents and personable staff. We chose Ridge as they provided a straight forward quality service, for a potentially difficult client.
David Anderson
Radley College
During all projects in which they have been involved, Ridge has been responsive and proactive, happy and competent to liaise direct with contractors on behalf of the University. They always show a good understanding of client requirements and attention to deadlines. We look forward to working with Ridge on future projects.
Mark Evans
Assistant Director – Estate Services, University of Worcester
Thank you for your ongoing support with COF bids and project management and your additional work in supporting strategic estates planning and due diligence of potential new member schools. Ridge is a preferred and key partner for the Shrewsbury Academies Trust in all these matters.
Geoff Pettengell
CEO / Executive Principal – Shrewsbury Academies Trust
I would like to thank you for the significant support you have given to the College. The financial rigour that Ridge has provided has been particularly helpful. I am very pleased that Ridge has so many services that we have been able to call upon.
Paul Fitzpatrick
Estates Director and Pastoral Coordinator – Oscott College