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31st May 2013 / posted by MichaelConnolly

Oakwrights and The Hay Festival – A Wonderful Relationship

From the construction of their Hereford High Town Box Office to protecting Festival visitors from the bright rays of sunshine that beat down on Hay Garden each year (and the odd drop of rain you might remember) our oak frames have been serving The Hay Festival since 2010.

oakwrights and the hay festival

2010 – The Hereford Eco Pavilion

Back in 2010 we produced a striking oak-framed-green-roofed-eco-pavilion that served as a Box Office and information point in Hereford’s High Town, during  the couple of weeks leading up to the festival. The team were tasked with creating a great example of sustainable-event-architecture and construction: managing to reduce waste and recycle materials, 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.

The local companies involved in creating the structure with Oakwrights that year were RRA Architects and Green Rooftops.

Take a look at the film from RRA Architects that shows the frame taking shape in 2010:

the hereford eco pavilion

2011 / 12 – The Hereford Eco Pavilion (Mark II)

In 2011 & 2012 we utilised a couple of our wonderful Cruck Marquee oak frames to create a more simple design for the Eco-Pavilion. The aim being that they could then be utilised at the festival to give visitors a break from the mighty sun rays but allowing them to take a moment to soak up the cultural delights of Hay. On the festival site over those couple of years the Pavilion was located next to the Barclays Wealth tent and made a great shelter for reading a book and sipping on a glass of Wye Valley beer.

Watch the video to see Oakwrights erect the structure in seconds:

our wonderful Cruck Marquee oak frames

During the years it was erected in Hereford High Town, the Hereford-Eco-Pavilion (in its various guises) hosted a whole series of events for the Hay Festival in conjunction with Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Partnership, local schools and local writers.

2013 – A newly designed Festival Site

This year our wonderful Cruck Marquee Frames were doing the same trustworthy job that they always do to help protect visitors from the eclectic borderland weather. Except we were located in a new place – in the newly designed festival site! You could find us sheltering the picnic area and all its visitors, surrounded by the wonderful offerings from Richard Booth’s Cookshop, the Festival Food Hall and the Festival Bar. 

We are very proud to sponsor the wonderful event at the Wales Stage when Jules Hudson talked about ‘Renovating Old Buildings’ – as the Hay Festival Brochure puts it so succinctly – “Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape to the Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes’. If you missed Jules at The Hay Festival, a podcast of his talk is up at the events page at the link below:

Jules Hudson - Renovating Old Buildings

The Cruck Marquees offer an exciting reusable and easy-to-use event space, or a simple garden structure to complement your home.

Renovating Old Buildings

You can purchase one of our Cruck Marquee Frames (with canvas roof canopy included) from Oakwrights Country Buildings, with a starting price of £5900…






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