Much anger in Farnham, Surrey, where architect Stedman Blower eagerly sat down to watch the Grand Designs TV programme about its refurbished Surrey barn project with 20 clients and colleagues - but didn't get credited throughout. Damien Blower from the firm said he was embarrassed and not a little annoyed. His outfit had come up with the original scheme and got it through planning and listed building consents. But because he was too busy at the time in 2001, and didn't think he could get it through in time for the telly programme's schedules on budget, he informed the clients and another architect came in.
Elspeth Beard, credited with being the 'producer of this stunning design', took the scheme on and Blower commends her on how well she did the job (though he says he may have been right about the budgets). Ironically though, says Blower, it stayed probably truer to his original concept than if he had been involved to the end. But Blower is angry that, having given his permission for designs to be used only on condition of a credit, production company Talkback and Channel 4 reneged. Much to-ing and fro-ing has ensued, with Blower demanding a re-edited show, and an apology.
Talkback apologised for the 'upset' caused, C4 quickly rectified its website to include the firm now as 'planning architect' (which it isn't happy about either), but Blower is still annoyed that Beard was cited as the 'producer of this stunning design', and that the programme will doubtless go out in the same form somewhere in the digital firmament. He also alleges that his business has been affected. 'They've infringed my copyright by not crediting me as the designer, ' he says. Not so Grand Designs