Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire

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  • Bishop Edward King Chapel

A newly constructed elliptical chapel that provides a new place of worship for the college.


This innovative and sustainable structure features cropped wall stoning, laid to regular courses of dog-tooth bond which is a first for a UK structure. The project incorporates sustainable features to reduce the running costs of the building, including under-floor heating, solar shading and natural ventilation and lighting.

The internal structure incorporates a series of tall glulam columns that support an intricate interleafed timber framework and vaulted ceilings. Such complex processes required meticulous planning and co-ordination from the Beard team and the implementation of the latest construction techniques.


  • Elliptical building
  • Live college environment


The elliptical shape of the wall posed new challenges for the stonemasons and the accurate setting out of the ashlar stonework was essential in order to trace the curve of the ellipse. The Beard team collaborated closely with the college principals to avoid disrupting college activities and disturbing the structure and fabric of historic Grade II-listed college buildings.

“Beard has constructed an extremely complex building, incorporating some unique and technically challenging features, with precision and care to give us a truly wonderful new chapel.”

Sophie Farrant, Development Director, Ripon College


Ripon College

Contract value

£2.0 million


 Niall McLaughlin Architects

Quantity surveyor

Ridge Property and Construction Consultants

Contract duration

78 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Standard with Quantities 05

Procurement Method

Competitive Tender

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