The Innovation Hub is a re-imagining of the existing learning barn, which is set to become a flexible space with a welcome and orientation area for visitors, alongside multi-use office spaces. Short term, this will be used flexibly for events including art exhibitions. Longer term, we hope to create a space within the barn for a small farm shop, to sell locally sourced and produced food and other goodies.
Work carried out so far includes installation of new roof windows and external glass doors, internal partition walls and installation of an attractive external staircase to access the upper floor. A new external staircase to the barn has been fabricated by Broadleaf Joinery based in Thame. Broadleaf were founded in 1993, by brothers Neil and Anthony Watts, and they were selected for this project for their flexible approach and ability to source local material. Their work has seen them rewarded with several Oxford Preservation Trust Awards. The staircase is constructed from UK-sourced certified oak.