Grand Designs Live will return to London’s ExCeL from 4 – 12 May 2019, showcasing an amazing variety of the latest innovations, trends and brand-new products across each of the five sectors of the show, which span across Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors. Set over 9 days, this unique event is a must-visit for anyone looking to gather information and learn about the world of interiors, design and self build.
Visitors to the show can 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 busing 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, includes ‘Meet The Grand Designers’; presented by different home owners from the most recent series of the popular TV series on which the exhibition is based, as well as home owners and developers from the brand-new TV series ‘Grand Designs: The Street’ and from some of Kevin’s favourite Grand Designs projects from the last 20 years . 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, 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 panning 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.
In addition, industry experts and market specialists will take to the Grand Theatre stage with seminars and talks touching on current affairs affecting the housing industry, from Social Housing issues to the impact that our homes can have on our health.
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. On the 6th May, Grand Designers Born and Elinor Barikor from the 2018 TV show discuss the technology and design aspects used to cerate 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.
Visitors with a keen interest in interiors can join judges and finalists from the ‘Under The Starirs’ interior design installation as they reveal 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. 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.
Visitors can experience all these informative seminars, and more, including the latest trends, innovations and unseen products, at the ultimate event to inspire, inform and spark the creativity of all design addicts.
With more seminars and presenters due to be announced, this year’s timetable is shaping up to be its most exciting yet.