New team onboard


Valley Ridge is the new name with a new team onboard. It will be a major UK leisure destination, that delivers £500m investment for Suffolk

Valley Ridge will become the UK’s first-of-its-kind resort and next premium staycation resort offering all year-round winter and water sports alongside best-in-class leisure and hotel facilities.

The new team, announced last year, includes two new Board advisers: the chief executive of TGI Fridays, Robert B Cook, who formerly led the Malmaison hotels group, De Vere Hotels and Virgin Active; and David Church, who brings City, property and finance expertise.

William Harford, for Valley Ridge said “We will be delivering local jobs and local investment that will benefit the whole of Suffolk, in a way that pays heed to the needs of the environment and local people. The pandemic has increased the staycation market, and Suffolk is a great county for such a popular tourist attraction.  Together, the new name and team can only increase confidence in the delivery of the project.  We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to Valley Ridge Great Blakenham.”

Simon Padgett for Valley Ridge said "This is a great project, and I am very excited to be meeting many local people in Great Blakeham and beyond during this consultation exercise.  Together with the local community, with Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk County Council, and many of the surrounding district and parish councils, we will create a great place that people can be proud of."

The team includes:

Valley Ridge Holdings Ltd, the developer of the site.

Holder Mathias Architects has created projects of enduring value for fifty years. Our reputation is built upon high quality sustainable design within a sound commercial framework, identifying with our clients’ objectives and finding solutions that make a real contribution to their success.

Based in London, Cardiff and Munich, we operate throughout the United Kingdom and internationally delivering services in Architecture, Urban Design and Masterplanning.
Holder Mathias has a rare ability to offer an integrated approach to mixed use development.
Combining specialist expertise in retail and leisure design we create places that people are drawn to and, using our skills in urban residential and office development, we design high quality environments for people to live and work.

Whether providing strategic advice on complex mixed use schemes, specialist design expertise, or technical resources for construction; Holder Mathias brings a powerful combination of creativity, commercial awareness, commitment and capacity to deliver.

DP9 is one of the leading expert consultancies in planning, development and regeneration in the UK. Formed in 2004 the business was specifically created to focus on advising on the largest, most complex and challenging development propositions. Since then it has grown to a company of around 70 employees working on projects primarily in London and the South East.

DP9 has a proven track record of delivering high profile planning consents and is currently advising on more than 500 live projects, ranging from small scale instructions to large, complex masterplanning proposals across all sectors.

Your Shout undertakes professional community consultation for the built environment, working for developers, local authorities and other clients who wish to contact, consult and listen to people in a specific community, neighbourhood or area. We are committed to strengthening relationships between land owners, communities and local councillors.

ChandlerKBS provides independent consultancy services across a wide range of sectors throughout the UK and mainland Europe. ChandlerKBS consistently deliver first class, cost effective results, underpinned by an impressive track record and depth of expertise.

Volterra is an economic consultancy specialising in the economic and social impact of development projects and transport infrastructure. We support developers with socio-economic advice through the planning process. We provide economic strategies on a range of policy topics.

Bradley Murphy Design specialise in the creation of people-focused, sustainable landscapes, open spaces and public realm. We are passionate about our work and pride ourselves on the commitment we bring to every project, whether it be the visioning of strategic green infrastructure for a new town or preparing the detailed design of a new urban square.

Motion Transport Consultants was established to help public and private sector clients successfully plan and deliver development schemes. Our strong reputation in transport and infrastructure planning is built on getting results. We bring together the right people to solve transport and infrastructure planning challenges quickly and competently.

Peak Ecology Limited are a fully independent, specialist ecological consultancy, working across the UK, we offer our services to a diverse and growing client base in the public and private sectors. With a team of professional ecologists, all members of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), we are licensed to work with a wide range of protected species in England, Scotland and Wales.

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