A boat covered in graffiti and with broken windows stunned onlookers as it washed up on a beach at Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex on Monday. The 33m (100ft) vessel, which had broken free from its mooring along the coast, has earned some belated notoriety after featuring in an edition of the Channel 4 property programme in March 2007. It proved something of a disaster for east London couple Christopher Miller and his wife Sze Liu Lai. The social workers wanted somewhere they could go with their children Alexion and Tayszea that had more room than their flat in Wanstead, east London. It had been left moored and uninhabited in the Thames Estuary for the past three and a half years and it is not known if they still own it. It was supposed to be their dream home, but three years after Chris Miller and his wife called in a TV show to rejuvenate their houseboat it has been found apparently washed up on a beach. Southend since it featured in a Grand Designs' programme in March 2007.It is thought that the boat broke free from its mooring overnight.
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This house is a search for the balance between openness and a sense of security in an urban setting – with the wish for an optimal flow of the in- and outside spaces. The Float Home is situated on Lake Union, and inhabits what was one of the last unoccupied slips. It is believed the boat was featured in an episode of the Channel 4 programme, Grand Designs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to hold an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism, in the wake of the row that has seen a Labour MP and Ken Livingstone suspended. The boat, the Medway Eco-Barge, which was built from reclaimed timber and corrugated iron, was left unfinished. Then I saw the roof and realised it was the boat from Grand Designs – it looked very strange just sat there opposite our cafe. The idea had been to use recycled materials to convert the former Thames lighter into a comfortable self-sustaining home complete with its own windmill. But it was far from plain sailing, with presenter Kevin McCloud even calling it 'more of a floating Scrapheap Challenge' than a comfortable houseboat.

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Then the A?80,000 project ran into cash problems and they were eventually forced to moor the houseboat in the estuary and abandon plans to live on it. The house, surrounded by water, changing from swimming pool to ice-skating ring, gives a holiday feeling all year round, from the very first step you take onto the jetty. Some of this stems from the fact that the community was not developed at any one time, while some can be attributed to the immensity of style that adorns these homes (you don’t see a ton of fabric architecture here). Over the last three years it has become almost derelict and vandalised.Mr Miller told the Telegraph today that he had abandoned the rejuvenation project some time ago but added that he had considered revisiting it this spring. A tugboat was later arranged for the boat to be returned to its moorings from just down the coast at nearby Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

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