Mimicking the old to celebrate the new
Steve hadn’t originally planned for an oak framed building. However, he and his architectural designer established that it would be the perfect basis for a subtly detailed space, as well as meeting strict European funding and building control requirements. The new venue fits so well with the other farm buildings with 500 year old oak frames, that guests are often surprised that it is a mere handful of years old.
This design is based on a medieval tithe barn. It features a central aisle ideal for a wedding for up to 130 people. Looking up, the roof takes its style from the old barns which this building replaces. Architectural designer Matt added some quirky details, such as concave braces, and made a feature of the timber post feet in their large steel buckets.
A family farm hosts feasts and festivities
Around this impressive new building, Nancarrow continues to be a working farm as it has been for hundreds of years. The difference today is that throughout the year, Steve and his family welcome brides and grooms to this exceptional corner of the UK countryside. Along with visitors enjoying the regular feasts which Steve and his team run in the building with food from the farm itself.
The main building is 10 metres wide and 20 metres long. It took three carpenters five weeks to make. Despite its size, it was raised on site in less than a week. Alongside an impressive portfolio, Steve and his family chose Carpenter Oak for its ethical and sustainable approach. Working with these principles, 680 saplings were planted following this project to ensure the wood supply for grand and impressive oak frames in the future.