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Shipping container house featured on Grand Designs wins top architecture award

By Claire McNeilly

Published 23/04/2015

Grillagh Water House in Maghera, Co Londonderry
Grillagh Water House in Maghera, Co Londonderry
Patrick outside Grillagh Water House in Maghera, Co Londonderry
The stylish living area
Grillagh Water House
Its bizarre bathtub
House in maghera, co down
Church Road, Belfast
Victoria Road, Holywood

Four old shipping containers wouldn't be everyone's idea of home, but that's exactly what Grillagh Water House is for local architect Patrick Bradley.

Not only has the Maghera man's unique design put a roof over his head, it has also scooped two prestigious industry gongs to boot.

The unique rural bolthole, next to the picturesque Drumlamph woodland,is one of five Northern Ireland projects that have been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at this year's excellence awards.

Houses at Maghera (Mournes), Church Road, Belfast and Victoria Road in Holywood also took home awards, as did the Old See House Community Mental Health Facility in Belfast.

Grillagh Water House featured on Channel 4's building programme Grand Designs last September.

Mr Bradley, who is also a part-time farmer, said the TV team was blown away by his vision.

"They thought the house was absolutely crazy," the 34-year-old said.

"I was coming in way over-budget, so I thought of other methods of how I could do the house. I researched the plausibility of using shipping containers, so the primary structure is four 45ft shipping containers."

Royal Society of Ulster Architects president Martin Hare praised the winners for "the astonishingly hard work" that led to their success.

"The RIBA design awards represent the highest accolade possible and I am delighted that an unprecedented five local projects have recently received RIBA Awards," Mr Hare said.

Belfast Telegraph

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