Our Land Rover adventure started on Tuesday 2 April, when the Oakwrights Country Building’s office received a call from Ben Milton of The Event Business in Oxfordshire. The Event Business had been employed by Land Rover to organise the 65th Anniversary Celebrations and they were interested in using our classic Kenchester Garage, with three bays one as a workshop, to show off the style and class of the vehicle and the surrounds of the chosen venue, Packington Hall in Warwickshire.
Land Rover was the ‘key word’ for the Country Buildings team, we got really excited about the possibilities of the craftsmanship and technology that we have available to us, and then Ben set us his own personal challenge:
The garage should be on site in three weeks (Our standard lead time is five weeks).
So, after a very quick meeting in the Country Buildings office, we had a plan of how we could achieve what was needed to accept the challenges; and of course our answer was ‘Yes’, with the skills and crafts available to us, Ben’s challenges were achievable.
So how could we achieve the weathered look of the garage? Our first move was to sandblast the oak! What to do with the colour of the nice fresh timber? While we are waiting for the actual timber for the garage to arrive, we do some tests.
Two technologies become realistic: lime wash or vinegar with metal. We have done plenty of samples with a concentration of both. After three days of testing, we reached our conclusion – the weather-boarding and softwood will be done with vinegar and the main frame with lime wash.
After those first few stressful days of testing and deliberation, everything after runs smoothly.
The timber arrives and is taken straight to the machine workshop, then onto the framing workshop right next door at one of our Herefordshire sites in Sugwas.
Whilst this is going on we have another team working on the weatherboarding:
Then comes the sandblasting:
And then a little additional work, the exact process for which we like to keep secret:
Come Friday 19 April, the whole structure is ready and on its way to Packington Hall.
It was a great job to have under our belt and a big team effort from everybody in the workshops to get to the moment of delivery, but we still had concerns about how that will look in the quite daunting setting of a country home. Will it gain the effect that Ben and his team are looking to create for the anniversary celebrations?
The first pictures start to come in by lunch time and things are looking promising:
After a big effort from Jim Sherlock and his team we finally get the answer we are looking for before the end of the day.
It looks fantastic, in my opinion, it couldn’t look better. Ben and his team at Events Business are very happy and as we will find out a little later, so are Land Rover.
Normally that would be end of the project: money in, happy client everything sorted, but…
Event Business dress the Kenchester a little to give it that final touch and prepare it for the arrival of the special guests from 65 years of Land Rover. The final effect was amazing, looking like it had been transported back in time.
Further to that Land Rover, loved the stand and how it emphasised the quality of their vehicles, so much that they will be continuing to use it at shows throughout their 65th Anniversary year.
Not only are we very proud of what we achieved in such a short space of time on this project, we also enjoyed ourselves very much in the process. And to top it all off, we were invited along to the first day of celebrations at Packington Hall to join in with the celebrations.
The Team at Packington
What we achieved for Land Rover and Events Business, we can achieve for you. Take a look at the Country Buildings website and find out just what we have to offer.