Grand Designs

Series 12 - Episode 8



There have been some truly grand designs in this series, notably the subterranean palace built underneath an artists’ studio. It looked doomed yet turned out to be a dream of airy lightness.

Tonight’s couple seem to have taken on a similarly can’t-be-done project – an awkwardly spaced chunk of crowded north London. But architect Henning and his partner Alice have plans for this joinery workshop. Not that they are starting with much, the workshop isn’t really a building, just a hotch-potch of walls and roofing between two houses. It was never intended to be lived in, which is where the problems begin
as the couple insist on keeping the rusty frame.


Architect Henning Stummel and his partner Alice Dawson plan to convert a dilapidated joinery workshop in north London into a contemporary family home and office. They want to preserve the building's original steel frame, but to restore it they will have to take it down, which means carefully extracting it from the neighbours' walls without causing damage to their property - and that's just the start of the couple's problems. Kevin McCloud follows their progress.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kevin McCloud
Director Catey Sexton
Executive Producer Fiona Caldwell
Series Producer Mike Ratcliffe