Premier Forest Products
Premier Forest Products


May 2008

Premier Has Grand Designs For Hit TV Show

Premier Forest Products is preparing for a taste of television stardom after agreeing to assist with a special project being broadcast live for one week (from Sunday 4th May) on Channel 4’s hit show Grand Designs.

The popular show, which focuses on unusual architectural and self- build projects, is hosting its annual Grand Designs Live event at ExCel in London’s Docklands area, broadcasting 11 hours of programming from the event. At the heart of the event is a challenge to presenter Kevin McCloud to build a sustainable home on site in just six days, a challenge which will be covered in the special feature 'The House That Kevin Built'.

Premier, which is one of the UK’s largest timber importers, has agreed to assist with the project, providing 235 sheets of WISA- Spruce structural grade plywood, which will be used for various structural elements of the house. WISA-Spruce plywood is manufactured in Finland by UPM Plywood, Europe's largest plywood manufacturer and a long-standing supply partner of Premier. WISA-spruce is manufactured from locally sourced wood from sustainable forests and is PEFC certified.

McCloud will be joined by other famous Channel 4 faces, along with a host of celebrity guests for the ambitious project, which will see the tables well and truly turned on the presenter who is more used to passing judgement on the ‘Grand Designs’ of other developers.

Timber Company Has Grand Designs For Hit TV Show

Terry Edgell, Director at Premier, said:

“The House That Kevin Built is an exciting and challenging project which we are very pleased to be involved with. The fact that the challenge is to produce a sustainable home sits comfortably with Premier’s own standpoint on the importance of making the most of the world’s only sustainable construction material, timber, and makes us a natural fit for the project. Many of the staff here regularly enjoy watching the programme, and the fact that Premier has contributed to this particular challenge should lead to even more tuning in.”

‘The House That Kevin Built’ aims to show that even in the 21st century it is still possible to build a home with your own hands. The building is a mix of traditional building methods, cutting edge design and new technologies. Architect Duncan Baker-Brown, who has won numerous awards for his work in sustainable architecture, is involved in the project, working alongside McCloud to put the vision into reality.

Once Grand Designs Live has ended, the building will be carefully dismantled and transferred to a new home at the Building Research Establishment in Hertfordshire, where it will be open to the public. Grand Designs recently picked up a prestigious Broadcast Award for Best Popular Factual Programme, and is one of Channel 4’s most watched programmes, regularly drawing an audience of more than 5million.



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