Grand Designs

Grand Designs Live presents fresh + dynamic theatre line-up for London 2020 Show

  • 13 Feb 2020

From the 2 – 10 May 2020, ExCeL London will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the very best of home design, build and innovation to London.

With more than 500 companies covering four key areas of a large scale project (Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Interiors and Gardens), there’s something to source ideas, products and suppliers from; for every home, however big or small.

Design guru and presenter of the iconic Grand Designs TV show, Kevin McCloud, will be hosting the event and providing a number of engaging key talks on the live Grand Theatre stage. He will be joined by an array of industry experts as they cover everything from self-build and renovation, down to interiors and sustainability.

Highlights from this year’s timetable include the likes of ‘Meet the Grand Designers’, welcoming back those who built their homes on the show in which the exhibition is based, as they give their top tips and provide a deeper insight into the trials, troubles and triumphs, which their projects presented.

Designers include aviation enthusiasts Colin and Marta MacKinnon, who after 6 year’s completed their dream home project on a runway in  Scotland’s Strathaven.

Visitors can learn more about the rising demand for electric vehicles, especially with the government’s ambitious target of ending the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040 in the pipeline.

Discover if the switch is right for you and find out how our homes are changing to accommodate these vehicles. Join expert John Curtis as he takes you through all the key information, models of the market and their capabilities. 

Other talks taking place through the event include ‘Self-Build Simplified’, where a panel of experts come together for a dynamic Q&A session, discussing all aspects of how to take on your very own self-build project, as well as ‘How to Get the Best Out of Your Builder’, giving you an insight into why relationships between building professionals and clients are key.

Plus hear from Property Expert and this year’s Grand Theatre host, Kunle Barker, as he takes us through the potential financial benefits that a self-build property can have.

In association with The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), Grand Designs Live will play host to National Custom & Self Build Week, which will include specialised live talks across the exhibition.

Along with other key partners, such as the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), they will share their knowledge on topics including sustainable building, open plan living and the value of extensions to this year’s event.

Join them both at the theatre, as well as in the Ask an Expert area of the event, where you can ask further key questions and discuss project plans.

There are also a number of brand new features making their debut at this year’s event. The Innovation Trail will give visitors a way to discover the most ground-breaking innovative products and services located at the event. Plus for those looking for interior inspiration, the room sets will do just the trick.

Six designers will create inspirational designs for ‘The Great British Box Room’, a small, sometimes abandoned room with the home. Take home supplier names, ideas and even cast a vote for your favourite.

Judges for this year’s winner include Kevin McCloud, Jenny Gibbs and Harriet Forde, with the announcement taking place on the Grand Theatre, on the final weekend of the event.

For a great day out offering hundreds of original ideas for the home, free advice and educational sessions, book your free weekday ticket by quoting BTALK2020. Alternatively, if you cannot attend during the week, weekend tickets are reduced to just £10.

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