Grand Designs

Grand Designs

The Apprentice Store
Season 9  |  Episode 1  |  Lifestyle Channel  |  May 22, 2018

Ian and Sophie Cooper, a fashionable London couple, plan to restore a 200-year-old grade two-listed industrial building in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The "Apprentice Store" has been derelict for 50 years, its only inhabitants being a colony of bats. Ian and Sophie not only plan to restore the old building, but add a large glass extension, creating a cool modern interior to make the most of the incredible views. However, they discover this wreck of a building has no foundations. The only way to prevent their country idyll from sliding down the hill is by stabilising it with a mammoth piling system that takes nine weeks to install. Everything on this restoration from the windows to the pointing has to be approved by planning. Two years and one baby later, Sophie has almost lost sight of why they are working on this old building - it feels more like a building project than a long awaited home.

Ian and Sophie Cooper, a fashionable London couple, plan to restore a 200-year-old grade two-listed industrial building in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The "Apprentice Store" has been derelict for 50 years, its only inhabitants being a colony of bats. Ian and Sophie not only plan to restore the old building, but add a large glass extension, creating a cool modern interior to make the most of the incredible views. However, they discover this wreck of a building has no foundations. The only way to prevent their country idyll from sliding down the hill is by stabilising it with a mammoth piling system that takes nine weeks to install. Everything on this restoration from the windows to the pointing has to be approved by planning. Two years and one baby later, Sophie has almost lost sight of why they are working on this old building - it feels more like a building project than a long awaited home.

Loading...