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Grand Designs: Essex: Cantilevered House (S22EP7 Channel 4 Wed 13 Oct 2021)

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Kevin McCloud follows more ambitious self-building projects. For many, retirement means the promise of relaxation and stress-free days filled with gardening and golf. But not for ex-advertising man Geoff, who’s decided to spend his golden years building a dramatically cantilevered steel-framed house on a flood plain.

At 63 years old, Geoff is selling his luxury villa in Spain to take on one of the biggest challenges of his life – a flood-resistant architectural marvel on the Essex coast budgeted at a whopping £700,000. Unlike his daughter, Geoff sees no risk in sinking every penny he has into this unusual building, and he moves into a small caravan onsite: the ultimate bachelor pad.

This is his base through wind and the rain as he project manages the complicated construction of a house designed to be safe in a one-in-a-thousand-year flood event. But after £190,000 worth of anchoring steel and concrete foundations are drilled over 14 metres into the ground, Geoff hits double trouble – the Covid-19 pandemic and a collapse in the Spanish property market. Without funds to continue and trapped in his cold caravan, the odds are stacked against him. But he refuses to give up. There’s one expression this East End boxer knows well: no guts, no glory!

Dir: Marc Beers; Exec Prods: John Lonsdale, John Comerford; Prod Co: Freemantle

Airdate: Wed 13 Oct 2021 at 21:00 on Channel 4

Season 22 Episode 7

Kevin McCloud follows intrepid individuals trying to design and build their dream home.