Britain’s Got Shed Loads of Talent 32 shed-hot finalists from around the UK set to battle for top honour of Shed of the Year
- Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition has announced the long-awaited shortlist for 2017 highlighting this year’s most eccentric, exceptional, and extraordinary sheds
- Public voting is now open to decide on the eight category winners
- Now in its 10th year, the competition will see sheds go head-to-head this summer on the Channel 4 series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ for the coveted crown
The hotly anticipated shortlist for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2017 has been revealed, featuring everything from a holy Cathedral to a bright red Fire Station, a Tardis recreation to a wartime bunker, a colourful bloggers studio to a cinema screen, whisky headquarters to a real-life flight simulator and much more.
Showing no signs of fading in its 10th year after a record breaking 2,963 entries, this year’s finalists represent the most colourful mix of sheds in the competition’s history, with many entrants using their shed as a haven for their personal passions.
The finalists comprise of the top four sheds in eight categories including Eco, Pub & Entertainment, Workshop & Studio, Cabin & Summerhouse, Historic, Unexpected, Budget and for the first time ever, #NotAShed following requests from shed fans across the nation to celebrate those extraordinary creations that go beyond the traditional definition of a ‘shed’.
For the fourth year running, the shortlisted sheds will feature on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures, airing on Channel 4 this summer. The category winners will be revealed on the show over the four-week programme and the eight winners will then go head-to-head in a battle to become the overall winner.
Selected by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.
Public voting to determine the category winners opens today (May 18th 2017) via www.readersheds.co.uk. The UK public will have until midday on Friday 2 June to cast their vote on who they think deserves the winning title of Shed of the Year, along with a winner for each category.
Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year, Andrew Wilcox (Uncle Wilco) said: “Every year I am overwhelmed with the nation’s love of sheds and how they really get behind this celebration of British eccentricity. The sheds I have seen and judged over the years have continued to evolve – from a huge variety of single use sheds to sheds that are more like a fifth room with multiple uses for the owner, friends, and family.
“The sheds entered this year include some the best creations I have ever seen, so the 32 in the shortlist are the nation’s finest. Deciding who will take out top honour as the Shed of the Year 2017 will be tough, I love them all.”
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol said: “We’re really proud to sponsor Shed of the Year for the seventh time running. Yet again sheddies from across the UK have completely surprised us with their impressive craftsmanship, creativity, uniqueness, and inspired us with the interesting stories behind each of these creations.
“It’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools, as people view it more as an extension of their home. You only have to look at this shortlist to see the extensive range of uses for a shed that can be tweaked to perfectly fit the way you live your life.”
To view the full shortlist and place your vote before midday on June 2nd 2017 visit: www.readershed.co.uk
PUB & ENTERTAINMENT FINALISTS
Engine House – owned by Kevin Francis in Hampshire Designed as an old-fashioned style fire station, The Engine House, is bursting with fire service memorabilia collected by owner Kevin for many years. Featuring a muster bay for firefighting uniforms, watch room, two workshops, seating bay and mess room, which is where Kevin brews his own fire service related beer served from a real fire station bar salvaged before it was demolished. The shed even features two beds and a fireman’s pole for quick descent to the bar! Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=6014
Tardis Shed – owned by Paul Foden in Tunstall Debatably a real product of the advanced technology of the Time Lords of hit series Doctor Who, this Tardis Shed is a seriously impressive console recreation. Step inside and the detail, lighting and theming will have you feeling it really has transported you to another point in time and space. Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=6081
Whisky HQ – owned by David Nicks in Devon Originally conceived as a retreat for the family to escape to on a Sunday night with a meal enjoyed with a wood burner and some board games, it has since formed a second purpose, a MENTAL meeting place. MENTAL, David’s whisky group which stands for ‘Malt Enthusiasts North Tawton And Lager’, meet regularly to talk nonsense whilst tasting and scoring different whiskeys. Features include the old back door of the local pub, a wellington bomber landing light, an old work bench as a table and a framed photo of Daphne Du Maurier’s father. Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=6026