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Katie Archer - Oakwrights Country Buildings Project Manager
OAK OUTBUILDING PROJECT MANAGER
I’m the newest member of the Oakwrights Country Buildings team and I joined the company at the beginning of December 2013. Coming from a non-oak framing background, I had a lot to learn and at times I felt like people were speaking in a different language! Luckily I have had a fantastic mentor in Pete Cianchi! What he doesn’t know about timber outbuildings isn’t worth knowing!
As part of my role as Project Manager I have a lot of contact with clients both on the phone, via e-mail and in person. I really enjoy going to site to meet them, to make sure that everything is going well with their bespoke oak framed building and that they are completely happy. The other opportunities that we get to be out and about meeting prospective and current clients, come around when we exhibit at different shows across the country.
We recently had the great honour of being invited to exhibit one of our new Country Buildings at the Goodwood Members Meeting – a private members event that has been revived this year for the first time since the 1960’s. This gave us a fantastic opportunity to take our Highgrove oak garage to showcase:
OAK GARAGE DESIGN CONFIGURATOR
The Goodwood Members Meeting coincided with the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I was part of a twelve strong team from our parent company Oakwrights that travelled to the NEC each day – with my main role to answer any questions around our Country Buildings offerings. It was great to get a chance to meet everyone there and talk to prospective clients about the possibilities that we could offer, discussing their ideas and explaining how we could be of service. A great tool that we have available on our website is our ‘Garage Configurator’ and it comes in wonderfully handy at shows. It really is a fantastic tool that allows you to create your ideal oak garage & gives you an estimated price too:
We have been at the Grand Designs Live Show at EXCEL in London until this weekend, so show season really is in full swing! And now we are making preparations for our exhibition space at the summer lifestyle shows, which will be Goodwood Festival of Speed (Thu 26 - Sun 29 June). This will be swiftly followed up by The Great Yorkshire Show (Tue 8 – Thu 10 July) and the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire (Fri 18 – Sun 20 July). Here is a sneak preview of what we will be taking along to show you:
Come and meet the Oakwrights Country Buildings team, we would love to hear about your oak frame building, and see how we could help you make your vision a reality – click on the image below to visit our Show Diary page and get a little more information on the events we will be visiting this summer:
If you have questions that can’t wait until then or are unable to make the shows, why not check out our Frequently Asked Questions page:
Alternatively get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via our Social Media Platforms:
And of course we are available to answer your questions on the telephone Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm at our headquarters in Herefordshire. Please call 01432 353353