Architect George Clarke in Sunderland for Amazing Spaces book signing

Architect George Clarke signing coipies of his new book at Waterstones, The Bridges on Saturday, for first in queue Barbara and Susan Holmes of Thorney Close, Sunderland.
Architect George Clarke signing coipies of his new book at Waterstones, The Bridges on Saturday, for first in queue Barbara and Susan Holmes of Thorney Close, Sunderland.
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WEARSIDE-born TV architect George Clarke was in Sunderland to do his first book signing in his home city.

The former Sunderland College student, who is best known for fronting Channel 4 show The Restoration Man, signed copies of Amazing Spaces, based on the TV show of the same name, at Waterstones in The Bridges.

Published to coincide with the second series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, the book shows how unexpected small spaces such as sheds and buses can be adapted into living areas and retreats.

The former Blackfell Primary School pupil said: “With all these grand property shows and big buildings, these small builds give everyone a chance to get involved in their very own piece of design in an affordable way, and often, a weird and wonderful way.

“If you’re doing work to your house, it’s a serious thing, it takes a level of investment, plus you can’t take too many risks in case you want to sell, but Amazing Spaces is about people having a go. They take a relaxed approach to it because it’s something like a garden shed, not a house. People are more playful and fun with it.”