‘Ugly House’ TV appearance wins prestigious contract for Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens

A Sheffield retailer known for its sustainable design values landed its first contract job for 22 kitchens after appearing on the Ugly House to Lovely House TV series.

Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens featured in George Clark’s Ugly House to Lovely House series when it became involved in transforming a family’s cramped kitchen in a 1930s semi in the Millhouses area of Sheffield. It created a bespoke luxury kitchen for the family using worktops made from recycled school science lab benches and eco cabinets made from 100% recycled timber.

Architects at local housing developer Sky-House Co were watching the programme and approached Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens to supply sustainable kitchens for Phase 2 of its award-winning development in Waverley. The project is a design-led, eco-friendly concept featuring three- and four-bedroom houses with rooftop gardens.

Commenting on getting this prestigious contract, Sheffield Sustainable Kitchen managing director Zoe Loveday said: “It was a great opportunity to showcase our hand-made sustainable kitchens to a nation of design-conscious homeowners. We are delighted it also brought together two Sheffield companies with the same values.

“There’s a strong synergy. The developer is passionate about creating green homes for local people, using local expertise. We source, employ and make locally – and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and are really proud to be part of Sky-House Co’s visionary development.”

The Sky-House Waverley 02 project is Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens’ first foray into the contracts market and could mean future job growth for the company, which currently employs 24 staff.

Loveday added: “Developing an additional B2B arm will expand our company and potentially lead to more jobs being created at our base in south-west Sheffield. We hope to build a long-standing relationship and are keen to talk to other developers, though creating bespoke kitchens for individual customers will remain the heart of our business.”

The Scandi-style kitchens created for the project will be delivered between April and June.

Said Loveday: “Designed to function and wear well in a pre-defined space, they will be made in Sheffield from sustainable and recycled materials using award-winning expertise and environmentally-friendly solutions we have amassed from 14 years in the sector.”

Speaking on behalf of developer Sky-House Co, MD David Cross said: “We feel passionately that Sky-House Co and Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens are a perfect partnership between two of Sheffield’s most progressive and environmentally responsible organisations.

“SSK’s desire to work with as little impact on the environment as possible fits perfectly with our ‘live gently’ ethos. We create homes and places that are naturally sustainable, only built using robust and beautiful materials that stand the test of time, and feature the most up-to-date eco technology.”

Pictured above (left to right): SSK marketing manager Zoe Hepworth, Sky-House Co sales manager Matt Yates, SSK MD Zoe Loveday and Sky-House Co MD David Cross

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