Grand Designs Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale

First Broadcast 19th September 2018 9pm Channel 4

Aylesbury Vale

Young Spanish architect Jaime and his wife Mimi embark on an epic mission to convert a Grade II* listed folly in Buckinghamshire into a family home. Originally designed to exhibit a fossil collection, but gutted by fire and left in ruins for the last 200 years, Jaime and Mimi are nevertheless beguiled by the crumbling mini-castle. Giving themselves a wildly optimistic six month deadline to finish before the birth of their second child, it’s not long before they hit trouble.


The Saxon burial ground the folly is built on throws up some macabre surprises. Their stonemasons from Madrid let them down and local builders with no restoration experience have to take on the crumbling stonework. Jaime puts all his energies and creativity into the project, using innovative 3D mapping to squeeze living spaces into the tower, but it’s an exhausting struggle. With money running out, the contract on their rented accommodation running out and the birth imminent the pressure to move in proves almost unbearable.


Suppliers List

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Company Name
Architect, contractor and project manager
Cabinet maker (spiral staircase)
Construction company
Electrical works
External glass balustrade
Garden furniture and throws
Handrail rope
Hand crafted wooden tables and joinery
Joinery windows and doors
Landscape and fencing
Landscape supplies
3D laser scanning device
Laser cut stone and stone supply
Steelwork, including external stairs structure