Did you see us on George Clarke’s Old House, New Home?

Did you see us on George Clarke’s Old House New Home?

Back in July 2019, architect and TV presenter George Clarke visited the Whitehall factory to film for his latest series of Old House, New Home. The series follows homeowners taking period properties and transforming them into the contemporary homes of their dreams.

The visit from George was to discuss the bespoke Corian ® kitchen worktops we created for a home featured on the show. We built a beautiful Corian ® worktop, plus kitchen island with built-in sink and draining boards, for a Victorian house in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. The worktop was in a brand new white tone names Salt.

George discusses Corian’s unique properties and tries his hand at thermoforming

While he was with us, George chatted to Operations Director, Gary Chalkin, about the benefits of Corian, including its durability and non-porous structure. Gary explained how Corian ® is so hygienic that it’s the only surface material used in hospitals aside from stainless steel.

Gary showed George the CNC cutting machine and demonstrated the process of thermoforming, or heating and shaping pieces of Corian ®. They heated a small section of Corian ® and George tried his hand at bending it, creating a neat knotted shape.

“I’ve specified this stuff in every house that I’ve done for myself over the years”

Talking to Gary, George stated that he uses Corian ® in almost all of his properties. He cited benefits such and the seamless joints and smooth finish as reasons why. For Lauren and Chev’s house, the completed work surfaces provided a beautiful centrepiece for their contemporary family kitchen.

“It’s manmade, it’s renewable, it’s repairable, it’s refinishable.”

Pulling out a few different samples, Gary and George examined some of the beautifully realistic natural stone inspired looks that can be achieved. Corian ® is built from one third acrylic resin and two thirds natural minerals. This blend gives it a unique, solid composite structure.

It was brilliant to have such an accomplished architect and respected TV presenter visit us for the day. Touring the factory, we were pleased to be able to share the efficient processes, equipment and highly trained fabricators that allow us to produce bespoke surfaces on such a high scale.

Did you catch the show? You can still catch up on 4OD online. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has in store.

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