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23rd June 2014 / posted by BenKirk

Say hello to our new garage - The Highgrove


In our continuous attempt to develop our products we have recently launched a new timber building to add to our range of oak framed garages. We now have a number of standard oak framed garages and the latest addition is the Highgrove oak garage.

The Highgrove Garage with drive through

The Highgrove garage with drive through bay

Launched recently at the Goodwood 72 members meeting at the world famous Goodwood motor circuit in West Sussex, the building has been designed following comments from clients and to keep up with an ever-evolving planning system.

The Highgrove Garage at Goodwood 72 members meeting

The Highgrove garage at the Goodwood 72 members meeting



Planning permission can sometimes prove difficult, especially in sites within the green belt area. As a result, we have taken the opportunity to design a timber garage building that can help to make the most of clients permitted development rights.

These rights allow for buildings up to 4m high to be constructed subject to a number of criteria relating to location and proximity to the boundary but in many instances can allow for provision of sizable buildings where planning permission may not prove possible.

The Highgrove plan, elevation, section and prices




Until recently our very popular Kenchester garage building, which we have erected more than 50 of since its launch 2 years ago, has been our only standard building to achieve this. This building is very practical but to achieve the 4m ridge height it requires a cat slide roof (i.e. where the rear of the roof runs down lower than the front) whilst the building is designed as a carport many people use the building for other purposes such as an outside seating area of workshop and we found in some instances this lower height to the rear was not ideal.

The Highgrove is the solution to this, with both the front and rear at the same height this really is a practical building for all purposes. The 4m ridge height has been achieved through lowering the roof pitch to 27 degrees and whilst the normal options of slate or cedar shingle to the roof are both offered we have also sourced a special range of tiles with the appearance of a plain clay tile that can be used at this lower pitch.

For those wanting to use a traditional plain tile and in circumstances where permission is required, for example in the grounds of a listed building, we also offer the Highgrove with a 35 degree roof pitch.

The Highgrove External

The 3 bay Kenchester garage with 1 bay being a workshop on one end

The basic model starts with 2 open bays as a car port but any number of bays can be added - partitions, doors, window and roof styles can be added and adapted making this a really flexible building.

The added benefit of both the Highgrove and the Kenchester is that the 2 bay version has been designed with an internal footprint of just under 30m2 which means that in many instances it also does not require building regulations approval.

The Kenchester Internal with catslide

The Kenchester garage workshop with catslide to the rear

For more information or discuss how the Highgrove may offer the perfect building solution for your site or to find out more about constructing outbuildings under permitted development please contact the Oakwrights team.




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