Diss man’s shed-on-wheels shortlisted as finalist in national competition

The Austin J4 converted Campershed, owned, built and designed by Stephen Alleyne, pictured with his

The Austin J4 converted Campershed, owned, built and designed by Stephen Alleyne, pictured with his partner Sonia Longford. The Campershed is a finalist in the Cuprinol Shed of the Year contest. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

For many men, their shed is the ultimate refuge to escape to.

The Austin J4 converted Campershed, owned, built and designed by Stephen Alleyne, pictured with his

The Austin J4 converted Campershed, owned, built and designed by Stephen Alleyne, pictured with his partner Sonia Longford. The Campershed is a finalist in the Cuprinol Shed of the Year contest. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

But for Stephen Alleyne, it is somewhere to escape with.

The 54-year-old has lovingly created an amazing garden shed on the back of a vintage pick-up truck.

The remarkable construction has now been shortlisted as a finalist in a national Shed of the Year contest.

And should he win, it could be featured on the Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, presented by George Clarke, later this year.


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Mr Alleyne, from Scole, near Diss, said he designed a shed-on-wheels in an attempt to convert his 1970 Austin J4 into a campervan.

He bought the vehicle through Ebay in 2013 for around £2,400 and began working to restore it to its former glory.

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But it was after a failed attempt to sell it at auction in King's Lynn that he had the idea of putting a shed on the back.

The classic car enthusiast said: 'We brought it home and thought, 'What are we going to do with it?'.

'I had wanted a classic camper for some time, but it is very difficult to find one. So I thought, 'Why not make one?'.'

Mr Alleyne spent several months erecting the shed in the back of the vehicle, using a steel frame and wooden boards.

Along with help from his girlfriend, Sonia Longford, and colleague Steve Moore, he then transformed the interior into a functional motorhome.

It includes a toilet, cooker and double bed above the cab – and weighs just under half a tonne.

Mr Alleyne, who works as a builder, added: 'It is not that bad to drive actually, although people have joked it is not very aerodynamic.

'I never expected it get this far in the competition and it would be nice to win.'

His creation was selected from 2,825 entries into the annual Shed of the Year competition, sponsored by Cuprinol.

He is up against 32 equally unusual designs, including one that was inspired by the Millennium Falcon.

Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: 'These 32 sheds include some of the best I have ever seen in the history of the competition, so deciding who will take our top honour as the Shed of the Year 2016 will be tough, I love them all.'

To vote, visit www.readershed.co.uk

Have you made something unusual? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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