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Independent Schools

Ridge is highly experienced in the delivery of projects to the independent school sector, and deeply aware of its ever-evolving needs. We often undertake complex master planning studies designed to optimise return on investment, while unlocking development potential and securing planning consents.

We also understand the critical importance of integrating construction activities with the sensitive environment in which students, teachers and support staff operate. Ridge design and manage complex projects within this exacting environment. Segregation between the project and the school’s activities is paramount, and our approach will always ensure that the students and their needs are our priority. Ridge can help improve the learning environment by sharing our experience in providing flexible, tailored solutions to improve the ever-changing and improving independent school sector – we have delivered a wide range of facilities from sixth form centres to boarding houses, leading edge science buildings, kitchen facilities, sports centres and teaching space. We are committed to exploring whole life and life cycle costings, not just focusing on the capital cost of a project.



The planning team has and continues to, provide professional advice for us on a number of sites within the College’s Estate which require planning permission. We have always been extremely satisfied with the service provided and consider it to be of a very high professional standard. This has recently included helping the College to achieve consent for a new boarding house in the Cheltenham Conservation Area, a consent which has been very important to our success moving forward.
Kirk Steel
Estates Bursar, Cheltenham College
Approachable, honest and good service. Good quality information, professional documents and personable staff. We chose Ridge as they provide a straight forward quality service.
David Anderson
Radley College
Ridge provide an incredibly professional service from Partner to graduate level. They are coordinated and communicate very well. I have total confidence in Ridge looking after the school’s interests.
Chris Evans
Director of Support Services, Tabot Heath School