Through sheer determination and tireless dedication, the local community spearheaded this project at every stage. They had a vision to build a new village facility that would serve the community and be both beautiful and sustainable. They took care and time to find the perfect design and construction partner for their project, whilst raising finances through various events, eventually collecting in excess of £45,000 from community bike rides, summer balls, auctions and quizzes.
The Committee set out to build a truly magnificent oak framed building, which met the needs of the parish for their own events and gatherings, but might also provide a good and continuous revenue from hirers - all with minimal running or maintenance costs. Their fundraising efforts were combined with grants from companies such as 'Leader' and 'WREN' and so work began to finalise designs and detail with Border Oak and to prepare the planning application.
Having secured approval with wide public support, the Committee worked closely with Border Oak throughout the construction phases. The project was completed to the fixed budget provided and all deadlines were met thanks to the Border Oak project manager assigned to deliver the project.
Whilst externally the hall was designed to reflect the traditional deatil of vernacular of weatherboarded barns nearby, it was important to incorporate 21st century sustainable technology including photo-voltaic panels and rainwater harvesting. Externally clad in untreated weatherboarding (which is weathering beautifully), internally the main space features an impressive internal cruck oak frame, which has proven popular for parties, wedding, fetes etc. The specification throughout is very high quality and hardwearing so the building will last for many generations - a wonderful legacy and testament to the vision and dedication of a community working for common good.
In 2017 Oving Village Hall won two FMB (Federation of Master Builder) Awards - Best Commercial Project and Best Energy Efficient Project.
It was also Highly Commended in the Aylesbury Vale District Council Design Awards.