Australian architect Peter Maddison will host Grand Designs Australia for the LifeStyle Channel.
The Aussie version of the UK series is being produced by FremantleMedia with ten episodes set for 2010.
Maddison is an award-winning architect and director of Maddison Architects Pty Limited, a practice he started in 1988. He has thirty years experience in residential and commercial work.
“I am really looking forward to hosting Grand Designs Australia for The LifeStyle Channel,” he said.
“After a lifetime as a practising architect I am fascinated by what we are going to witness as we travel around Australia filming a rich and diverse range of Australian homeowners. Some will be building their dream-home, some will be living a nightmare. But every one of them will have a unique story and drama.”
The UK original of Grand Designs hosted by Kevin McCloud looks at new homes from blueprints to construction and more importantly the people who are building them. The property genre is a popular one amongst subscription viewers, with Selling Homes Australia winning the ASTRA Award for Favourite Show voted by viewers this year.
LifeStyle’s Nicole Sheffield said, “This series is our biggest production commitment to-date and the host is incredibly important to the shows success. We did an extensive search to find the person who could best articulate the grandeur of Grand Designs and also the Australianness we are looking for. Someone who understands Australian architecture and our climate, culture and history.
“We’re thrilled to have secured Peter Maddison.”
The homes set to appear have all been selected and the series is currently in production.