The Duke of Gloucester presents Ryder Architecture with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

The practice was honoured with the prestigious award for its excellence in international trade in 2021 but due to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony had been delayed

His Royal Highness was welcomed into Cooper’s Studios by managing partner, Mark Thompson, who gave a tour of the Newcastle headquarters and shared an overview of Ryder’s history, recent projects, and community impact initiatives, before gathering alongside colleagues to accept and celebrate the accolade in the building’s atrium.

The Queen’s Awards are the most esteemed awards for business, celebrating the outstanding achievements of organisations across the country.

Managing partner, Mark Thompson, said: “It was an honour to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Ryder, especially with His Royal Highness’s existing connection to architecture.  We are extremely proud of our heritage in north east England and are delighted to have our quest for collaborative international excellence recognised through this award.  It is a testimony to the talent of our people and partners across all our UK and international locations.”

In 2022, the practice was once again named as a ‘world class’ place to work by Best Companies, crowned Building’s Architectural Practice of the Year in 2021, and is a member of Business in the Community, the largest and longest established business led network dedicated to responsible business, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Ryder’s recent projects include planning approval for HMRC, Pilgrim’s Quarter, in Newcastle, net zero carbon offices on Tyneside for the world’s largest windfarm at Dogger Bank, Whipps Cross Hospital redevelopment in London, completion of Pacific Residence for University for British Columbia in Vancouver, completion of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, and BIM strategies for Qatar public works department and Hellas Gold by its digital consultancy BIM Academy.

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