In late August, more than 55,000 Feastival-goers gathered on the Blur-bassist-turned-gentleman-cheesemaker Alex James's Oxfordshire farm. Now in its fifth year, the annual Big Feastival is the brainchild of Alex James and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, whose charity the Fifteen Foundation, is part-funded by the festival. Central to the Festival is the ever popular Cheese Hub, and this year it was bigger and better than ever!
Along with BLA Architects, Solid Structures provided consultancy advice to bring this redundant Dutch barn back to life in time to open for the 2016 Feastival. The barn was replaced with a new steel frame with a first floor mezzanine and a fully openable elevation at ground floor level. The barn houses a cheese preparation area, function space and bar area - perfect for cheese sampling, the all day cocktail bar and DJs spinning tunes from late afternoon until well until the night.
"The whole thing is completely exhilarating, like a mad village fete!"
Posted by Sean