Harriet Monsell House, Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon

  • Ripon College - Education Centre

  • Ripon College - Education Centre

  • Ripon College - Education Centre

  • Ripon College - Education Centre

  • Ripon College - Education Centre

A contemporary new building in a rural 19th century college setting.


This modern timber clad building is located in a rural setting and reflects a style influenced by the Victorian Gothic and Arts and Crafts architectural movements. The building provides ensuite living accommodation for the Sisters of Begbroke along with 14 teaching areas and a lecture hall.

Environmental issues were an important consideration and it was a key requirement that the building should be constructed to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ sustainability assessment standard. Recycled materials were used where possible along with sustainably sourced timber infill panels and internal walls with high levels of wood fibre insulation.

Sustainable materials and construction were also at the heart of this building. The timber cladding which runs seamlessly from the walls and up over the eaves to the roof, is effectively draping the building in some of the most sustainably sourced wood available – West African Frake from the Afara Tree. The two gable ends are clad in brickwork and natural stone to match the existing Grade II-listed Victorian Gothic buildings, with a roof of the same height and pitch of the older buildings, and two massive masonry chimney stacks.


  • Working in the sensitive and live environment of a busy theological college required careful project planning and co-ordination of construction works with the college to keep disruption to a minimum
  • Restricted access meant that a haul road had to be constructed through the orchard to reroute deliveries
  • The project required precision management of the interface between the wide variety of materials used to construct this building


An excellent relationship, good communications and teamwork between the design team, the client and our experienced subcontractors and skilled craftsmen ensured we were able to overcome any construction challenges.

“Beard has constructed an extremely complex building, incorporating some unique and technically challenging features. The project team has been consistently co-operative, helpful and considerate, particularly taking into account the daily life of a residential college and religious community.  It has been a pleasure to work with Beard throughout this project.”

Sophie Farrant, Development Director, Ripon College


Ripon College

Contract value

£2.1 million


Sadler Brown Architects

Quantity Surveyor

Roger Parker Associates

Contract duration

18 months

Form of contract

JCT Standard Form with Contractor Design 2005

Procurement Method



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