AIB launches Movies and Mortgages web series

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

AIB together with award-winning local architect Patrick Bradley – winner of the Channel 4 Grand Designs Anniversary Award – has launched ‘Movies and Mortgages’, a 4-part web series sharing advice and support for people keen to build their own homes.


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The episodes, which air weekly, and will be available on the Cool FM and Downtown Radio websites follows a successful series of Movies and Mortgages events held by the bank in cinemas across Northern Ireland last year. 



Given the restrictions in place as a result of Covid-19, AIB has revamped the concept and created a way for aspiring self-builders to enjoy top tips and advice from the comfort of their own home.

Hosted by Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden, viewers also have the chance to win one of four 50” Smart TV and Soundbar bundles, to create their own movie night experience at home. 

Michael McClements, an AIB Mortgage Advisor and one of the stars of the series, says viewers can expect expert advice as well as laughs as the panel cover everything from initial planning and design to appointing suppliers and overcoming challenges.



Speaking to Newry Times, Michael explained, “Since we couldn’t invite people to join us at a Big Screen, we decided to create something everyone could watch on the Small Screen! 

“With more people at home, we have found that aspiring or current self-builders have been spending more time considering their ambitions, so we wanted to create and share helpful advice from the experts that demystifies the process. 

He added, “We’re delighted to once again partner with esteemed local architect and Grand Design star, Patrick Bradley who with his years of experience, can share insights on overcoming challenges and embracing the opportunities that come from building your own home.”



With an exclusive ‘Self-Build Specialist’ service, AIB is the only mortgage provider in Northern Ireland that provides customers with a free independent advisor from a top construction consultancy to help keep self-build projects on time and on-budget. 

Guest star of the Movies and Mortgages series Patrick Bradley added, “Building your own house is a hugely rewarding experience and it can be made all the easier if you know what to expect from the outset. 

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“I am delighted to partner with AIB once more on their Movies and Mortgages programme, albeit virtually!” 

“Having been through the self-build journey personally and from my work as an architect, I understand the complexities of the process.

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“It’s great to be sharing those insights during a time when self-build is back on the agenda as people reassess their personal spaces having spent a significant degree of time at home recently,” he added.

To watch the first two episodes, visit: or

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