Summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye and now Autumn is slowly creeping in. It can mean only one thing – the return of Grand Designs.
The long-running property show is heading into its 22nd series this evening and presenter Kevin McCloud has a few things up his sleeve to get viewers excited, including an eye-watering garage built the size of three average bungalows.
The show focuses on a typically ambitious project which involves a hugely complicated building process.
Just the first quarter of the building alone contains 222 metal brackets and the timber frame takes a gruelling 12 weeks to build.
As the exclusive clip above shows, the project manager has a huge job on his hands as he takes on his most unusual construction to date, marking a huge departure from the kinds of projects he’s worked on before.
The first episode of the series airs tonight and sees the Grand Designs team follow Joe and Claire’s plans for an artistic home in south Devon. It promises to be among the most jaw-dropping builds the show has seen in some time.
Inspired by the local landscape, the giant sculpture measures 70 metres long – but staying within budget proves a huge challenge.
Other episodes will also focus on one of the biggest builds ever seen on the programme, which Kevin describes as ‘looking like Superman’s Crystal Fortress’.
Speaking ahead of the series, presenter Kevin said about the new series: ‘This series is Grand Designs heartland stuff with all the eco-experimentalism, wild design, planning issues, conservation, and craftsmanship we’ve all come to expect. Plus a few budgets that go over.’
He added: ‘We have an expression of success and arrival with one of the largest houses we’ve ever filmed that looks like Superman’s Crystal Fortress, except it’s not in the North Pole, but near Exeter.
‘There’s also a poignant story of bereavement and family; a house for a widow designed and built out of love in effect. Plus, there is a small and inexpensive triangular house crafted by a passionate expert in wood and built on one of the most difficult sites that I’ve ever encountered; hemmed in by an A road, a major tramline, and a main sewer.’
The 62-year-old went on to say: ‘There’s a Scottish bothy too; a project that combines new build, conversion of the ancient and the restoration of an important historic garden. Plus, we follow a project that rebuilds a scheduled ancient monument.’
Grand Designs airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.
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