Staff get ready to show off Grand Design handiwork

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STAFF from a Brighouse firm will be crouched around their televisions tonight hoping to see themselves working on a very grand design.

HW Architectural, based at Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse, will be on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme at 9pm.

They worked on Whalton Mill, an old Georgian mill cottage in Northumberland which had become derelict.

Couple Stefan Lepkowski and Ania Shabowska decided to re-develop it into a private home.

In the first episode of the new series Kevin McCloud watches over the couple as they try and transform it into a contemporary family home.

It is the longest-running project ever featured on the programme as the couple started work in 2006.

Their ambitious plans involved restoring the Georgian building, reconstructing a watermill and adding a steel-and-glass atrium. As in most of the shows, they soon found their budget of £250,000 was completely inadequate

HW Architectural are specialists in designing, manufacturing and installing Glazed Facade. They were contacted by an architects practice to help with the project.

As well as surveying the existing property, the company had to design and work with the architects and clients to help make their dream property become a reality.

They made aluminium windows, doors and roof glazing, and steel curtain walling – required to provide an impressive feature and light source to the new kitchen and dining area within the house.

They also made bespoke frameless glass feature windows to connect the existing building to a newly-constructed area of the development.

The pieces were made in Brighouse before being taken to the site.

Other recent projects have included Calderdale College, the new swimming pools and fitness centres in Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge as well as Brighouse Bus Station.