Ugly House to Lovely House – Channel 4

Award-winning architect Will Alsop designed a dramatically detailed, glulam barrel-vaulted extension to bring an outdated bungalow in West Sussex back to life, propelling it into the future.

As well as working on large scale construction projects, Buckland Timber is regularly commissioned to help design, manufacture and install smaller bespoke buildings. One such project was for Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House. Channel 4 contacted us to see if we could help manufacture the experimental elements for the transformation of this sixties bungalow.

Architect Will Alsop was famous for pushing the perimeters of design. With our help, the combination of shape, material and form resulted in a very successful, futuristic, architectural design solution. The installation process was complex and televised to add to the pressure, but ably carried out by Bill Bradley and his team at Ecoism Manufacturing.


  • Project: Ugly House to Lovely House
  • Commission: Design and manufacture of the roof structure.
  • Architects: Alsop Architects, London
  • Installation: Ecoism Manufacturing Ltd
  • Timescale: Two weeks of design, three weeks fabrication, one-week installation.
  • Timber: European Redwood
  • Fixings: Stainless steel Macalloy tie system. Purlins secured with skew screw fixings.
  • Cost (approx): £250 per square metre – for engineering design and manufacture.