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Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel’s new series of Make Do and Mend

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Dick and Angel Strawbridge are back on our screens with a television show that sees them help families with DIY dilemmas.

Fans of the couple have followed their journey transforming their derelict property as part of Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau.

Now they are back in their new series of Make Do and Mend to share the skills they’ve learnt along the way with other families taking on DIY projects.

Dick and Angel Strawbridge are back on our screens in their new series of Make Do and Mend

Dick and Angel Strawbridge are back on our screens in their new series of Make Do and Mend

TV viewing: The new series of Make Do and Mend starts on Channel 4 this evening at 9pm

TV viewing: The new series of Make Do and Mend starts on Channel 4 this evening at 9pm

Dick said: ‘It has been great fun working on this year’s series. It has been wonderful watching our contributors grow in confidence and we all share the pride when the job is done. 

“‘Make Do and Mend’ came from the mountains of emails we received last summer asking for guidance on a real mix of projects.

‘In addition to sharing a bit of knowledge on “how to,” we’ve discovered that most people just need a bit of support and a nudge in the right direction. 

‘Encouragement, and helping them harness their imagination, has produced some amazing results. 

‘We believe everybody can do anything, you just have to give it a go, and all those we’ve worked with have proven us right.’ 

Make Do and Mend sees the couple help other families with their challenging DIY dilemmas

Make Do and Mend sees the couple help other families with their challenging DIY dilemmas

Fans of the couple have followed their journey transforming their derelict property as part of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau

Fans of the couple have followed their journey transforming their derelict property as part of Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau

During the show, we see Kate, 36, a retail manager, and Erik, 35, a coffee roaster, want to bring back a sash window back to life.

British-born Kate and Swedish Erik met 11 years ago when they both worked for the same retail fashion company. 

A few years ago, they set up a new life in Gothenburg. They loved their Scandi lifestyle but when their daughter came along three years ago, they headed back to Britain to raise a family and found a rented property.

They both worked two jobs and grafted away until they could afford a deposit for their dream home – a four-bedroom Victorian fixer-upper.

Kate and Erik called on Dick and Angel to help fix a sash window on the spacious landing
Two out of the four floors of the period property are almost completely finished

Kate and Erik called on Dick and Angel to help fix a sash window on the spacious landing

The house was falling apart with holes in the floors and leaks, but the couple soon learned new skills such as plastering

The house was falling apart with holes in the floors and leaks, but the couple soon learned new skills such as plastering

Erik moved in first in late 2019 to make sure the house had a functioning kitchen and a bathroom before Kate and their daughter joined him a few months later.

The house was falling apart with with holes in the floors and leaks. But the motivated couple didn’t let the project daunt them, and they learned new skills such as plastering from YouTube.

They are slowly restoring the glory of their period home with two out of the four floors almost completely finished.

They’ve only recently sorted out a bedroom for themselves and had previously been sleeping with cardboard boxes stacked high around their bed to keep the heat in.

Making a change: The landing has a beautiful period sash window as its centrepiece

Making a change: The landing has a beautiful period sash window as its centrepiece

In the middle of the house is a landing with a beautiful period sash window as its centrepiece.

The window had the potential to be a focal point in the house, but the sash window wasn’t fully operational, and they had no idea how to fix it.

The show sees them calling on Dick and Angel to help restore the window to its former glory.

Dick and Angel wanted to restore its sash mechanism so it can be opened and closed with just a fingertip.

They loved the potential of the landing area surrounding it and thought they could help transform it from a dead space into something that is both functional and magical. 

Susanna inherited a wardrobe from her grandparents, where she houses her shoe collection in plastic boxes

Susanna inherited a wardrobe from her grandparents, where she houses her shoe collection in plastic boxes

Susanna has a passion for shoes but had no idea where to start in creating her dream shoe closet

Susanna has a passion for shoes but had no idea where to start in creating her dream shoe closet

The TV show also sees Susanna, 56, call on help from the Strawbridges with a DIY dilemma.

The librarian inherited a wardrobe from her grandparents, where she houses her shoe collection in plastic boxes. She wanted to turn it into her dream shoe closet.

Susanna lives in Wales and has a passion for shoes. She always loved the wardrobe as a child but it has seen better days. 

Susanna started stripping the varnish off but gave up after only doing the front. It was in serious need of a re-vamp.

Susanna wanted to create a shoe closet, but had no idea where to start. During the show, she allows Dick and Angel to can come to her rescue.

  • Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend starts this evening – Thursday June 24 – at 9pm on Channel 4

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Hotel Indigo debuts in Austria

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Hotel Indigo opened its first hotel in Austria, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt. Located a short walk from the city’s historic center, the hotel offers 158 guest rooms, a rooftop garden resembling an urban jungle, a restaurant, and a lobby bar.

 

Taking inspiration from a famed local architect, Otto Wagner, a key member of the Secessionist movement, guests will find touches of gold used throughout the fixtures in the bathrooms as well as intricate patterns, made famous by Otto, woven into the carpet design in the hallway, and the tiles behind reception. Otto’s love for gold, Art Nouveau design, and ornate patterns can also be seen at famous local buildings such as the Majolikahaus, a short walk from the hotel. From ground level, the building looks innocuous, but as guests look skywards, they will see the top floors are decorated with exquisitely sumptuous floral motifs in brightly colored porcelain and gold leaf, a hallmark of the new style.

 

Stefanie Augustin, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt, commented: “We are pleased to open our doors and accept our first guests into the first Hotel Indigo in Austria. We sit in the heart of the surrounding neighbourhood and strive to make all the locals proud, by helping to bring a bit of that external story in so guests can truly experience what Vienna has to offer.”

 

 

 

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Tolent secures Newcastle resi project (GB)

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Tolent will put up 135 ‘ultra-modern’ system-build homes, with designs selected from an architectural competition. Sunderland’s new Vaux neighborhood, being built on the site of an old brewery, will eventually have 1,000 homes, according to the plans, as part of a drive to double the number of people living in the city centre. The homes will stand alongside The Beam and City Hall – the latest development to rise from the ground at Riverside Sunderland. Construction work on the scheme is expected to start within weeks, forming the first of the new distinct neighbourhoods that will create city centre housing for up to 2,500 residents.

 

The properties are based on the winning designs in the Homes of 2030 competition, which was launched in March 2020, and managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to encourage the design of environmentally-friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.? Construction work on the development is due to start this summer and the first tranche of homes should be completed by the end of 2023.

 

Sunderland City Council leader Graeme Miller said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have taken this final step to get work started on our flagship residential scheme at Riverside Sunderland. The housing developments on Riverside Sunderland will be world-class, and Tolent is an ideal partner to deliver them, based locally and capable of building these aspirational homes.”

 

Tolent chief executive Paul Webster said: “Vaux neighbourhood is an amazing project that showcases the strides being taken in Sunderland to modernise the city centre. The world-class houses being built will provide a community fit for the future and an archetype for sustainable housing. As a truly local business, we are proud to be involved in the project and to showcase our ability to meet and exceed the capabilities of national contractors on a local level. The project will complement a number of local landmarks that we have constructed including The Beam, Beacon of Light and Echo Building. We have been working closely with the entire team since being appointed preferred bidder back in September and we can’t wait to get started.”

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BlackRock acquires Dagenham urban logistics development (GB)

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A joint venture (JV) between Chancerygatea fund managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management, and Hines has forward sold a 172,000ft² urban logistics development in Dagenham to a fund managed by BlackRock for an undisclosed sum. Dagenham Council has approved plans to speculatively build 15 Grade A urban logistics and industrial units at the development which is called Zephyr Park. The units range from 5,490ft² to 34,670ft² and are available leasehold and freehold. Construction is due to commence in August this year. The six-acre site was previously owned by wholesale electrical distributor Rexel UKSituated on Rainham Road between the A12 and A13, Zephyr Park is located less than half a mile from Hackman Capital Partners and Dagenham Council’s proposed €348.5m (£300m) film and TV studios.

 

Chancerygate managing director, Richard Bains, said: “Zephyr Park will be an outstanding urban logistics development which will generate continued investment and job creation for Dagenham. Forward selling Zephyr Park to BlackRock shows the strength in urban logistics as an asset class. It is also a testament to the high specification, a sustainable product we build as it attracts businesses to locate to our developments ensuring they are best placed to continue to grow. We look forward to working with Hines and BlackRock to deliver Zephyr Park and expect to achieve practical completion in summer 2023.”

 

Greg Cooper, Hines managing director, industrial and logistics, added: “We are pleased to have executed this opportunity to recycle this asset, with the value generated illustrating the unabating demand for high-quality logistics developments. It is an asset class which remains a key focus for Hines in the UK, and we are continuing to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio of both big box and urban facilities.”

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