Grand Designs

Series 12 - Episode 5

Grand Designs
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s a significant anniversary for Grand Designs tonight with the programme’s 100th property. Fittingly it’s a real showstopper, a glorious mixture of old and modern.

Owners Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce have worked magic with a derelict, Grade II-listed, 19th-century, 99ft-high water tower in Lambeth, south London, that belonged to a workhouse where Charlie Chaplin once lived. Says an enraptured Kevin McCloud: “It combines everything we’ve ever done into one project. It’s about conservation versus new build, and the junction at which they meet.”

The tower houses four bedrooms with a fabulous 360-degree view, with a lift shaft alongside. At the bottom is a modern, cube-shaped living space.

About this programme

5/12. Another chance to see the programme's 100th episode, marked by one of the most ambitious projects to date. Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce want to convert and extend a landmark 150-year-old water tower in central London into a luxury home. Grade II-listed, derelict and with 6ft-thick walls, it's a huge challenge for the pair, who also plan to build two structures at the base - a lift shaft connected by a series of glass tunnels, and a modern living space. The result will be a four-bedroom property over nine floors, complete with a room at the top offering spectacular 360-degree views across the capital. Presented by Kevin McCloud.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Kevin McCloud

Crew

Director
Rob Gill
Executive Producer
Fiona Caldwell
Series Producer
Michael Ratcliffe
Series Producer
John Lonsdale
Categories
Property