Grand Designs

Grand Designs Live announces 2019 grand theatre line-up

  • 17 Apr 2019

Grand Designs Live is set to return to London’s ExCel this May, showcasing the latest innovations, trends and brand-new products across each of the five sectors of the show – Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors.

The show will take place over 9 days, from 4-12 May, providing information about the world of interiors, design and self-build. Visitors will get the opportunity to hear from an array of industry experts at the Grand Theatre, where an engaging line-up of talks will take centre stage across every day of the show; with seminars ranging from interior design to busting the myths of self-build, to adding value to existing homes and much more.

With Grand Designers from over 20 projects, the range of daily sessions at the Grand Theatre will include, ‘Meet The Grand Designers’; presented by different homeowners from the most recent series of the popular TV series on which the exhibition is based, as well as homeowners and developers from the brand-new TV series ‘Grand Designs: The Street’ and from some of Kevin McCloud’s favourite Grand Designs projects. Visitors can hear first-hand, as the Grand Designers discuss the trials, tribulations and triumphs that undertaking ambitious self-build projects can present. Visitors with an interest in self-build can also hear from

Developers and partners Graven Hill will also be at the show, speaking about simple self-build options; or get a ‘Road-Map to Self Build’ from Property Expert, Kunle Barker; as well as how to ‘Take the Fear out of Financing Your Build Project’ and a range of other sessions, each ‘Busting the Myths of Self-Build’, supported by the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA); covering all aspects of a self-build project from securing finance, to planning permission, finding a plot, how long the process can take, and much more.

Each day our resident Grand Designers will take part in ‘Top Tips For Planning Your Own Grand Design’, where they will be joined on stage by a panel of our industry experts for a dynamic discussion exploring various aspects of their self-build projects; covering everything from architecture, to project management, to planning and everything in between.

Plus, industry experts and market specialists will take to the Grand Theatre stage with seminars and talks touching on current affairs affecting the housing industry.

On the 11th May Grand Designs magazine editor Karen Styliandes along with interior stylist and lifestyle blogger Sommer Pyne will explore what we can do within our homes to make an impact on our health. Then, on the 6th May, Grand Designers Born and Elinor Barikor from the 2018 TV show will discuss the technology and design aspects used to create their impressive ‘Health House’ located in the heart of the leafy borough of Richmond; and discover how Design Studio 31’s ethos of health and wellbeing whilst protecting the environmental landscape can help to positively shape architecture from start to finish.

Also at the show, judges and finalists from the ‘Under The Stairs’ interior design installation will announce the winner of this year’s competition and discuss their unique designs, along with other ideas of how visitors can use small spaces in their homes to create a big impact.

Finally, on the 11th May, fans of the TV show can go ‘Behind The Scenes’ with director Marc Beers and Kevin McCloud as they talk us through unseen footage and side-splitting mishaps from the past 20 years of Grand Designs.

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