Gemma Collins is turning her £1.3million mansion into the ‘Buckingham Palace of Essex’

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Gemma Collins has revealed her grand plans to transform her £1.3 million mansion into the "Buckingham Palace of Essex".

The self-confessed diva is determined to give her new home the royal treatment as she begins to renovate it to fit within her expensive tastes.

To make her dreams a reality, the 40-year-old has enlisted help from her showbiz pal, Real Housewives of Cheshire star, Dawn Ward.

Dawn heads up interior design company Arista Design who have been enlisted to make Gemma’s regal design plans come to life.

A source revealed Gemma’s plans to The Sun, saying that Dawn is excited to get starting on bringing her ideas to life.

“Dawn's designs are jaw-dropping and life-changing. She's going to make Gemma's house the Buckingham Palace of Essex,” the source told the paper, adding:

“It is going to be off the scale when she and her team have finished the work. Even the GC will be lost for words.”

Gemma moved into her dream home back in March and has since worked hard to put her own stamp on it.

The five-bedroom barn conversion comes with an acre of land, a sprawling living area and four en suite bathrooms.

Gemma’s former Celebrity Big Brother costar Darren Day recently joked that he helped pay for the plush pad.

Following their infamous exchange on the show, Gemma has since licensed merchandise stating the slogan “I’m claustrophobic Darren”.

Talking to The Sun, Darren said: "She is making a f**king fortune out of my name. I am now an Easter egg; I'm a Covid mask. I'm a handbag. I'm a f***ing scarf. I'm a jacket.

"I was even a Christmas f**king bauble. Christmas bauble and now a f**king Easter egg. I mean, I never thought I would be, but I am."

Darren continued: "She has just moved into a new house, bought a new house, she sent me a video a couple of weeks ago showing me all around the grounds, and she went 'You f***ing bought this for me Da'. I thought, 'I bet I f***ing did.''

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