A Grand honour for Kevin

Kevin McCloud
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Kevin McCloud, best known for his role as presenter of long-running TV series Grand Designs, has been honoured for his work on sustainable buildings.

The broadcaster and designer, whose Channel 4 series in which people take on their own ambitious self-build home projects has been running for 15 years, was recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

After studying the history of art and architecture at Cambridge, McCloud went into theatre design, and then established his own lighting design firm.

His interior design know-how led to an appearance on BBC makeover show Home Front and he went on to launch Grand Designs in 1999, which he writes and presents and has led to a spin-off magazine, books and a live show.

McCloud, 54, has also presented a programme in which he looks at the antiquities of Europe and has visited the slums of Mumbai for a C4 documentary. Other TV work has included his Man Made Home series in which he created a cabin in woodland for the occupant to live self-sufficiently.

His passion for sustainable living has led him to set up him his own firm, Hab, which created an award-winning development in Swindon - featured in another TV show, Kevin’s Grand Design.

As well as rewarding good design as host of the TV coverage of the Stirling Prize, he has also presented a series called Demolition, in which the public was invited to choose the buildings they wished to see destroyed.