Grand Designs

Time Schedule

Mon 13:00 | Tue 17:00 | Thu 21:00 | Fri 09:00 | Sat 11:00 & 18:00 | Sun 15:00 & 22:00

Overview

Presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs charts the in-depth process of ambitious design projects, from the initial intricacies of blueprints to the long and often arduous task of turning those concepts into a practical living space.

With budgets usually pushed beyond their limits and time ticking away, Grand Designs is a unique opportunity to discover how elaborate architecture plans work in practice and depicts the hard realities and emotional journey of creating a dream home.

21 – 27 Oct:  Episode 11 – Braintree Revisit

Two years ago artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams left their cramped two bedroom London flat and took on the conversion of a huge grade two listed timber framed barn in the Essex countryside. Seven times the size of an average three bedroom house, turning this 500 year old building into a home provided Ben & Freddie with their biggest canvas yet, for their greatest work.

Rejecting all things “cosy”, Ben and Freddie created a massive free-form live /work space for themselves and their daughter Willa. With very few walls, the vast space of the barn was furnished with their ever-expanding odd-ball collection of toys and ephemera. Now, a year after they finished the project, Kevin returns to discover how Ben and Freddy are adjusting to rural life. Has the experience changed them as artists? Has the cavernous barn made a comfortable family home? And is it finally big enough to house the magic museum of Ben and Freddy?

Episode 12 – Brighton Co-op Revisit

In the last Century, on the first ever series of Grand Designs, a younger Kevin McCloud witnessed a ground breaking co-operative of ten families build their own homes on the edge of Brighton.

‘The Hedgehogs’ as they were known, were made up of former travellers and those living in insecure accommodation.  The council bought them land and covered the cost of construction – the deal being that in return for their labour, and lots of it, they would get to live in their self-built homes at reduced rent. Unpaid, they slogged away for over two years on this pioneering venture,  based on revolutionary designs from architect Walter Segal.

A decade later, Kevin returns to see if the houses and the families that built them have stood the test of time – and finds himself genuinely inspired by what the project has allowed a small community to achieve.