Huddersfield glazing firm set for stardom on Channel 4 show Grand Designs
IT’S been a long wait but a local company will get to see its Grand Designs on television tomorrow.
Brighouse-based glazing firm HW Architectural played a key part in the revamp of a derelict property.
The company’s creations will be featured on the opening episode of the new series of Grand Designs.
Workers spent more than a year designing, manufacturing and installing custom glass features for couple Stefan Lepkowski and Annia Shabowska’s Northumbrian mill cottage, Whalton Mill.
And the complete overhaul of the Georgian property saw show presenter Kevin McCloud praise the firm for its work.
Director, Graham Lumb, said they had been approached to do the project by a Newcastle architects firm.
But he admitted there was mixed feelings about being featured on the popular property show.
Mr Lumb, whose firm has worked on prominent local developments, including Kirklees College and Brighouse Bus Station, said regular viewers of the Channel 4 program would know that the glazing firms always got the blame for the project going wrong.
He said: “There was a degree of excitement that it was for Grand Designs, but also an element of trepidation.
“It’s not tricky to glaze new buildings but it’s more complex going into an existing building because it’s not always readily obvious what’s required from the outset.
“But we seem to have come out of it quite well and we did get compliments from Kevin McCloud.”
Project manager, Alex Lavan, added: “He was very impressed because we managed to glaze the curtain wall and roof within a couple of hours.
“He asked for my card for future use.”
Mr Lumb said they were very keen to see the programme as it was more than year since the project was completed.
Mr Lumb said the work involved a considerable amount of on-site surveying and design work.
They then manufactured the glazed elements at their Brighouse factory, which employs more than 100 people.
These included aluminium windows and doors, roof glazing, steel curtain walling, and bespoke frameless glass feature windows.
He said: “The kitchen area was very dark and they needed it flooding with light, which is what gave rise to the glazed roof.
“We also did frameless glass windows to link the original building with the new building.”
Series seven of Grand Designs begins on Channel 4 on Wednesday, September 14.