The Essex Oak Frame Portfolio
Welcome to our projects page, where we are proud to showcase some of our favourite build and restoration projects and commissions. We’ll be adding to these pages on a regular basis with new and exciting installations and restorations in oak from across the UK.
Apton Hall is an exclusive wedding and events venue in Essex, which boasts courtyard buildings, accommodation and a Grade II listed bridal suite.
This restoration and build project included converting the dovecote into stunning guest accommodation, the stables into a beautiful indoor ceremony room, the cowshed into a function room, the granary into a dining room and the creation of the new barn to expand the capacity of the venue for weddings, events and conferences. We think you’ll agree that it is an amazing transformation.
Essex Barn Conversion
This exclusive project was the restoration of a Grade II listed barn set in acres of stunning Essex countryside. The lovingly crafted interior features a restored original oak timber framework with vaulted ceilings, a mezzanine with a glass balcony, solid oak doors and full-length windows making the most of the amazing views. Every detail of this property is exquisite, from the bespoke solid oak kitchen and built-in furniture to the natural limestone floors. It was a pleasure to work on this project and see it come to life, to be enjoyed for many years to come.
The Bull at Hockley
Essex Oak Frame was appointed as part of a major restoration project following a devastating fire at the Bull in, Hockley in 2018. We worked with architects and contractors over two years, slowly and carefully restoring and rebuilding this historic 16th century pub so that it could open its doors to the public again. With our commitment to sustainability, we sourced the green oak used in our work in the rebuilding of The Bull from coppiced oak at the adjacent Hockley Woods. It seems fitting that nature and local materials should be a part of the next stage in the Bull’s story.
The property that marks the conception of Essex Oak Frame!
Colwood is the creation and home of Managing Director, Adrian Chapman. The oak frame property was designed and constructed in the style of a medieval hall house. Completed in 2009, Adrian used only 400-year-old building methods and traditional materials (with the exception of concrete in the foundations, which was a legal requirement) to construct his dream home. The heritage, design and conservation award-winning house is completely bespoke and despite the lack of modern building processes, the property is remarkably energy efficient.
The new entrance structure we built at the Channels Estate in Essex creates a charming welcome to the venue and is in keeping with the overall character of the site. With a sympathetically restored 17th century barn, where couples make their wedding vows surrounded by 300-year-old beams, or underneath a thatched structure in the ceremony garden known as the Church Without a Roof, only an oak framed entrance seemed fitting to welcome guests to the prestigious Channels, and the opportunity to design and construct it was a privilege for Essex Oak Frame.
Blind Veterans Archery Centre
The structures we created for the award-winning Blind Veterans UK Charity garden at the 2017 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, were dismantled and rebuilt at the charity’s archery centre in Brighton, alongside part of the amazing garden (the remainder went to the Llandudno rehabilitation centre). The large structure is used as a shelter from the elements for the archers when they are shooting. It’s fitting that such a stunning and memorable garden should be enjoyed for many years to come, by those it was created to benefit.