Perch on your sofas, C4's 'Restoration Man' swoops in to visit British Standard project, 'HMS Owl'

This evening, all at British Standard will be eagerly awaiting the airing of Restoration Man on Channel 4 at 8pm! The first of a two-part programme follows the dedicated and sympathetic restoration of HMS Owl, a dilapidated World War II control tower at Fearn airfield, built on the shores of Moray Firth in Scotland…and in a very welcome and exciting turn of events, the owners looked to British Standard for their kitchen, utility and cloakroom!   fearn A newspaper clipping documenting the sale of HMS Owl (image source) Justin Hooper and his wife, Charlotte Seddon, purchased the tower in 2012: “We bought it because we both loved the concrete brutalism of its exterior and the huge blank canvas that the interior offered”. As one of five similar control towers in the country, HMS Owl is the second to be bought for renovation. 501586_96bf52da HMS Owl before the restoration work began (image source) Fearn airfield, originally built as a satellite to RAF Tain, was subsequently occupied by the Royal Navy from 1st August 1942, renamed HMS Owl, and used as a Torpedo training school. The airfield houses two control towers, the initial single storey RAF structure, and the latter four storey RN building which is Justin and Charlotte’s labour of love. hmsowl Justin and Charlotte painstakingly transformed the building’s exterior (image source) The first of the two episodes will document the substantial structural renovation that has taken place over the last two years, with a follow-up programme scheduled for the end of the year when Channel 4 will revisit the site to look at the couple’s choice of interior styling, including their British Standard kitchen! Until then, we shall remain patient and enjoy watching the project progress, and Justin and Charlotte’s hard work pay off!

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HMS Owl crest: an owl stands watch upon a torpedo (image source)


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