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Bishops dedicate new chapel at Ripon College, Cuddesdon

The bishops of Oxford, Gloucester and Dorchester dedicated and blessed the newly completed Edward King Chapel at Ripon College ,Cuddesdon at the very first service to be held in the Chapel before it becomes the centre of worshipping life for students, staff and Sisters at Ripon College.

The completion of the Chapel marks the end of a major programme of expansion and consolidation of the College’s buildings in order to meet the needs of ministerial formation and Christian education in the 21st century.  Another new building, Harriet Monsell House, which incorporates a lecture theatre, student accommodation and a new home for the Begbroke Sisters, also built by Beard was opened last autumn. 

The College site with its historic listed buildings and the need to carry on ‘business as usual’ called for a building contractor that would deliver the highest grade of workmanship whilst being sensitive to the daily work and life of a religious community.  Award winning local contractor, Beard Oxford, has worked hand in hand with the College throughout the building programme to achieve this goal.  Beard senior project manager, Martin Wareham who led the construction, said: “The intricate elliptical Chapel with its wonderful lattice-work timber frame has been a real test of craftsmanship and it has been a pleasure to have been involved with the college on this project”.

The College Principal, Revd Canon Prof. Martyn Percy, concluded: The College is already renowned for its excellent theological education and research.  These new buildings will give us the space to grow from being a seminary for ordinands to playing a more significant role in life-long ministerial education, both in the church and in the wider world, with prayer in the new chapel at the centre of all that we do”.

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