Grand Designs

Grand Designs:  the violin factory, waterloo – series 4 ep 1

Broadcast on channel 4 in 2004, we were approached to design and make the 3 flight staircase and entire joinery package for this Violin factory conversion in London’s Waterloo. Above is the master bedroom with huge central walnut double vanity unit with two Belfast sinks and a hidden film projector on the other side.

the violin factory dining room

The dining room had a huge glass gantry leading from the stairwell to a hidden white door that led into the walnut paneled secret study. Jamie Oliver might have been seen in the kitchen!

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Nick-Burborough in the workshop with Kevin McCloud looking on

Nick talking through the staircase construction with presenter Kevin McCloud in the workshop. Kevin later in the programme describes the staircase as ‘Exquisite’ as he walks up it with Louise and Milko the clients. Nick and his team were filmed a lot during the episode, watch it via the link at the bottom of this page.


The other side of the double Belfast walnut vanity unit in the master bathroom. The large piece of bespoke furniture provided the break between bedroom and bathroom and tripled up as the head rest for the bed and the projector for the James Bond style drop down projector.

violin factory library study

The fitted study and library was a hidden walnut paneled interior both traditional and contemporary to create the look and feel of a sumptuous gentleman’s club. The entrance was a white door hidden in a white wall, the exit, a walnut bookshelf on a pivot leading into an different part of the house. Surely one of Zigzags finest and most liked interior designs.


The bedrooms were minimal contemporary affairs with walnut doors with solid horizontal slatted timber detailing which was a theme carried throughout the house. White floor tiles and walls contrast with the dark timber to give a cool and calm boutique hotel look.

This is the channel 4 Grand Designs episode of the re generation of The Violin Factory featuring Nick and his team.

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