Plans to put the James May Lego home on the market collapsed and the house has been demolished. Read more for details about the fantastic, life-sized two-story dwelling built by more than 1,000 volunteers of Lego bricks for the BBC2 program Toy Stories of which he is the host.
James May, who is additionally a presenter for BBC Top Gear, directed the massive projects, which can be seen in the video below. The house was built by James at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey. There were plans underway for Legoland in Windsor, Berkshire, to buy the house, but those plans did not materialize. The BBC reports that it would have cost £50,000 to dismantle and rebuild the house.
The Scotsman quotes Martin Williams, who is the sales and marketing director of Legoland Windsor who had this to say of the unfortunate turn of events:
“We are so disappointed that we are unable to take this amazing Lego construction.
“We have looked at various options but unfortunately due to the costs and logistics of moving and re-building the house at Legoland, we are unable to proceed with this project.”
For his part, James May also expressed regret:
“Knocking it down is just wrong on every level. It’s a really lovely thing – it would break the hearts of the 1,000 people who worked like dogs to build it.”
As The Telegraph notes, the house, consisting of 3.3 million Lego bricks was demolished as a last-ditch effort to find a buyer via Facebook additionally fell through. The James May Lego home had a Facebook group with more than 2,000 members.
The newspaper quotes a spokesperson for the estate on which the house was built who revealed that the bricks are to be donated to charity once the house has been demolished. He went on to say:
“It was never intended to be a permanent fixture on the site as it was a temporary structure that didn’t have planning permission. We were always happy to have it there for as long as was wanted.”
That is the latest word on the saga, widely publicized in media and social networking; the plans to put the James May Lego home on the market, or in some way to save it from demolition have fizzled.