TV ar­chi­tect who be­lieves good things come in small pack­ages

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pro­gramme is that the projects are small scale and af­ford­able. Most aren’t main homes, which means no-one’s hung up on saleabil­ity so they are much more play­ful and ad­ven­tur­ous with the de­sign, says Ge­orge, who cre­ated his own Amaz­ing Space for the last se­ries.

He suc­ceeded in turn­ing a semi-derelict static car­a­van into a fab­u­lous, con­tem­po­rary hol­i­day home in the Lake Dis­trict, which is now used by fam­ily and friends.

In this se­ries he is mak­ing a tree­house, though not for him­self, as “it would be too self­ind­ul­gent”.

“I can’t say too much but it’s for a dis­abled chil­dren’s char­ity in Northum­ber­land and it’s bril­liant. It’s been far more en­joy­able than cre­at­ing some­thing for my­self. In fact, it’s the best thing I have ever done.”

His other proud achieve­ment came af­ter The Great Bri­tish Prop­erty Scan­dal pro­grammes, which high­lighted the num­ber of empty homes in Bri­tain. The Gov­ern­ment was spurred into of­fer­ing loans for own­ers to im­prove and let aban­doned houses.

“The Gov­ern­ment’s loan fund has re­duced the num­ber of empty homes from 350,000 to 320,000 in two years. It’s not a huge amount but it’s a start and it has re­versed the trend,” says Ge­orge.

“What’s hap­pened has been a dream come true and the TV pro­gramme re­ally helped.”

Telly now takes up most his time and his di­ary for the next cou­ple of years is full of film­ing sched­ules. It’s still some­thing of a sur­prise for some­one who was shy at school and his for­mer class­mates still can’t be­lieve he is a TV pre­sen­ter.

What gave him the con­fi­dence to have a go was his knowl­edge of the sub­ject. He grew up in Sun­der­land, where his grand­fa­thers were builders, so he un­der­stands con­struc­tion and is happy to get his hands dirty.

Af­ter study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture at New­cas­tle Univer­sity, he did a post-grad­u­ate course at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don and stayed in the cap­i­tal, where he has his own com­pany, Ge­orge Clarke and Part­ners.

“I am full of pas­sion for ar­chi­tec­ture,” he says. “So whether I’m film­ing it, talk­ing about it, de­sign­ing it or teach­ing it, I’m happy.”

PIC­TURES COUR­TESY OF UNP, LUMINAIR LTD, BEN AN­DERS AND PLUM PIC­TURES

NO LIT­TLE ACHIEVE­MENT: Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Ge­orge Clarke with the car­a­van that he ren­o­vated for the first se­ries of Amaz­ing Spa­ces on Chan­nel 4. Left to right, an old bus that is now a gar­den build­ing, the tree tent by Luminair and the ship­ping con­tainer which is now an of­fice.

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