Grand De­signs UK: 100th Episode

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style My good­ness, 100 episodes for Kevin McCloud and the Grand De­signs team. Joy­ous, but if you are ex­pect­ing some­one to run on to the set with a cake and flow­ers, for­get it. It’s busi­ness as usual for the grand old man of dream homes. McCloud, I feel sure, would have frowned on any sort of sel­f­ref­er­enc­ing palaver, much as troupers on stage give their 100th per­for­mance ex­actly as they played their 99th. Co­in­ci­den­tally then — though that is a lit­tle hard to be­lieve — the episode is a cracker. We fol­low male cou­ple Leigh Os­borne and Gra­ham Voce as they con­vert and ex­tend a land­mark 150-year-old her­itage-listed water tower in cen­tral Lon­don, a beast of a thing built for Lam­beth Hospi­tal work­house in 1867. It is 30m tall and topped by a mas­sive cast-iron tank that once held 173,000 litres of water. Not ev­ery­one would want to live in what is es­sen­tially a 10-storey home, even though ad­di­tional struc­tures in­clud­ing a lift-well will be added to make less of a chore of the end­less stairs. But just wait un­til you see the views of Lon­don af­forded by the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows in the former water tank. One of the most re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tions ever shown on the pro­gram, this is an episode no fan of the se­ries should miss.

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