This Week In High Town Hereford - 'Ideas May Blossom'
REPAIRING AN OLD OAK FRAMED HOUSE
This brought back many memories for me as the last time I had worked in Hereford city centre was when in my younger years I had carried out extensive repairs on an old oak framed house which sits in the city centre and is used as a museum.
As a young man I worked as an oak framing carpenter carrying out repair work to old oak framed buildings in and around Herefordshire. The house which is in Hereford city centre is known locally as The Old House and dates back to well before the civil war when it was part of what was butchers row. Now it is a museum and I was fortunate enough to gain the contract to carry out extensive oak frame repairs. The most complicated repair that we carried out was to insert a new storey post next to the front door. This was extremely tricky as we had to cause as little disturbance to the fabric of the old building as possible. I have dug back into my old picture albums and I have found a picture of the said post inserted into position with the date cut into the side Jan 1995. I was much younger and had a lot more hair in those days.
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
It was a good feeling having erected our event pavilion to look down the centre of high town to see The Old House standing in all of its glory, The original and the contemporary standing next to each other one which I had a hand in giving further life to and one which I had helped to recycle to give inspiration to a modern generation who would like to create their own dream oak frame.
The companies involved in the pavilion are Oakwrights, RRA Architects and Green Rooftops who are working with The Guardian Hay Festival, to promote an event-architecture-concept.
The local companies and organisations behind the project have managed to reduce waste and recycle materials as the Oak-frame and fixings are reused, the rainwater guttering is made from Bamboo poles and the roof is clad in Sedum and will be recycled, continuing life after the event.
This week the Hereford-Eco-Pavilion will host a whole series of events in conjunction with The Guardian Hay Festival 2010, whom are working with Herefordshire Council, local schools and local writers.
The Pavilion offers an exciting reusable and easy-to-use event space, in which it is possible to sit and enjoy a coffee, soak up the hustle and bustle of Hightown and gather information about what’s on at this year’s Hay Festival. You can also get information about the companies involved and find out about 33 ways to green your home.
Next week Oakwrights will be back on site to remove the frame and re-erect at The Guardian Hay Festival site in Hay-on-Wye. The festival starts on May 27th until June 6th 2010. To find out more information.
If you are interested in viewing how the eco-pavilion was put together in just five hours, watch the construction process speeded up to just three minutes below: