NHS visor workshop among entries for Shed of the Year

The ultimate lockdown hideaways! Shed of the Year 2020 finalists include ‘self-isolation inn’ with cocktail bar and a hot tub and NHS visor workshop

  • Stunning sheds from all over the UK are vying for the crown of Shed of the Year – with some lockdown-themed
  • The contest includes two new lockdown-specific categories – Lockdown Repurpose and Lockdown New-build
  • It celebrates those who have made the most of lockdown, as well as those who have sprung into action to help

An NHS visor workshop supplying PPE to care workers and a garden bar are among the stunning entries in an annual Shed of the Year competition.   

The 2020 Cuprinol Shed of the Year contest celebrates the best sheds in the land and also includes two new lockdown-specific categories – Lockdown Repurpose and Lockdown New-build.

The Lockdown Repurpose category celebrates those who have transformed their sheds in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including Sarah McGoldrick who responded to the PPE shortage in the early days of the pandemic by supplying frontline NHS staff with visors from her shed workshop in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Teacher Ashley Bates from London swung into action as soon as schools closed by setting up The Shed School – a free online educational platform for key stage one children. 

The Hobbit House, belonging to Julie Twydell, can be found in Kent and has been entered in the Budget category of the competition

Teacher Ashley Bates from London swung into action as soon as schools closed by setting up The Shed School – a free online educational platform for key stage one children

Sarah McGoldrick responded to the PPE shortage in the early days of the pandemic by supplying frontline NHS staff with visors from her shed workshop in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. 

A stunning bar, complete with TV, this is the Pizza Folly by Colin Naylor. It is a party space complete with sleepover decks, Japanese plunge bath, Italian wood fired pizza oven, whisky bar

This shed is the workshop behind inventions created and filmed by Colin Furze (Inventor and YouTuber). Creations such as the Hot Tub Car which drives filled with water and an 82mph Guinness World Record setting mobility scooter were created here

The Cosy Cabin in Northern Ireland is described as a great place to wind down and continues to be a place of tranquillity amidst the current Covid19 pandemic

Stand Up from the Shed HQ is the only shed that is being used as a stand up venue for a weekly live streamed comedy show

Pallet Hollywood has a big tv, dartboard, double door bar fridge and loads of booze including cocktails, says its owner

The Lockdown New-build category hails those who have overcome the challenges of lockdown. These include Joe Melton from King’s Lynn in Norfolk who built a back garden bar to compensate for a dream holiday to Florida being cancelled by the pandemic.

And retired art school lecturer Michael Roberts from Bromley, Kent whose former pupils include Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen, who created an elaborate Chinese-style pagoda.

Elsewhere on this year’s shortlist Pat Crook, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, has recreated a beach hut to provide her father who suffers from dementia with soothing surroundings.

Pallet Hollywood by Mark Killick in Hampshire has everything you need to self-isolate while having a good time

Bucko’s Bar is described as a 1970’s Irish Pub designed by Len Lavelle. It is based in Cheshire East and was built by putting two sheds together

Used year round, the Cosy Cabin provides warmth during the cold winter months, and is the perfect backdrop for long summer nights around the barbecue or camp fire with friends and family

Adrian Backshall from Eastbourne, East Sussex has built his shed on a railway trolley. Kirsty Woodbine, Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, said: ‘We’ve been astonished by the quality of entries to this year’s competition’

Jane’s She-shed was originally built as a Japanese Summer house, but was never finished by her predecessors. She has turned into a luxury Summer house, with sunbeds, sink, fridge for garden parties

The Wooky is mostly built from reclaimed and recycled wood (pallets etc). The windows were from a free-cycle website, and trimmings such as copper came from an old boiler and other ‘rubbish’.

Pat Crook, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, has recreated a beach hut to provide her father who suffers from dementia with soothing surroundings

The owner of Suitcase Trains HQ says: ‘Our workshop shed is full of suitcases with rather magical insides. Looking like a left luggage office, we make bespoke working trainsets housed in vintage suitcases’

The owner said: ‘I work from home and really wanted to get out of the house and at the same time, our existing garden shed was totally rotten. We decided to get a log cabin in its place which acts as my office as well as an extra sitting space, thanks to a cosy little sofa’

The description of the shed reads: ‘A peaceful sanctuary to escape our urban surroundings. Ideal for the occasional tree hugging and entertaining’

Adrian Backshall from Eastbourne, East Sussex has built his shed on a railway trolley, while Colin Furze from Stamford, Lincs uses his shed to come up with inventions including a full-size Star Wars Landspeeder which he shares with his millions of fans on his YouTube channel.

Judges whittled down hundreds of entries to compile this year’s shortlist of 27 sheds.

There are nine categories including Budget, Summerhouse, Unique and Unexpected.

A winner from each will be decided by public vote, then an overall winner will be crowned by a panel of shed experts with a giant golden crown for the winning shed.

Alongside eternal shed glory, the overall winner will also receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.

Head Judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox said: ‘More than ever, the events of recent months have shown us what a valuable role sheds can play in our lives.

The owner of S.H.E.D said: ‘S.H.E.D is an arts venue, a conversation starter, a dialogue enhancer and a research facilitator. S.H.E.D is entirely dedicated to artistic research through public engagement and co-production’

The owner said: ‘Before lock down we was supposed to be taking a once in a lifetime trip to florida with the children but it got cancelled so I set to work building a bar we could all enjoy in the garden with a slushy station to an adults evening party place’

Silas the Silo was a redundant grain silo from a farms skip. It has been lovingly converted to a BBQ hut/gazebo for a unique experience

The Shed is primarily used as a workshop but can easily be converted into a home office/studio as it has 2 double door entrances, windows, hardwood floor, power, lights (internal and external) and a stained glass skylight with light. It was built after lockdown cancelled two of the owner’s holidays

The name- The Dragon’s Rest- is an homage to the owner’s Welsh father who would have loved to sit by the fire pit & chat over a pint

This shed has been a family project during lockdown. It is a play house for the family’s five year old son. The shed will have perspex windows once complete

90% of huthaus is made from recycled and reused materials. The windows are old crittall windows rescued from a demolished house

The 2020 Cuprinol Shed of the Year contest celebrates the best sheds in the land, attracting hundreds of entries

This year’s contest highlighted the coronavirus pandemic by introducing two new lockdown-inspired categories

‘They are spaces where we can help our NHS heroes, educate our children and care for our family.

‘They highlight all that is great about Britain – our ingenuity, our eccentricity and our determination to help others.’

Kirsty Woodbine, Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, said: ‘We’ve been astonished by the quality of entries to this year’s competitionirsty Woodbine, Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, said: ‘We’ve been astonished by the quality of entries to this year’s competition.

‘All our entrants have responded with real creativity and imagination, but more than that the introduction of this year’s new lockdown categories has shown a real outpouring of kindness and community spirit.

‘This year more than ever Cuprinol Shed of the Year has served as a platform for those going above and beyond for each other’

Last year’s Cuprinol Shed Of The Year was won by Chris Shield of Buxton, Derbyshire, whose Hobbit-inspired hideaway was described by Andrew Wilcox as ‘brilliantly creative’.

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