Meet Kevin McCloud: Based on the Channel 4 TV series, this exciting event will be presented by design guru Kevin McCloud; offering top expert advice as he leads educational seminars, dynamic debates and discussions with panels of industry experts.
National Home Renovation Week: Grand Designs Live has partnerted with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to support National Renovation Week. Throughout the week, Grand Designs Live will host a series of events celebrating, promoting and educating visitors on renovation as a route to creating their dream home. Visitors will find a variety of talks, headed up by Kevin McCloud, featuring advice from experts in renovation and first-hand experiences from designers and home-owners who have refurbished homes from Grade III listed mansions, to modern townhouses, to 1970s bathrooms and beyond.
One-to-one expert advice sessions focusing on renovations will take place every day throughout the show, including topics covering everything from retrofitting a kitchen, modernising a bathroom, to bringing home fixtures and fittings up to date.
Get Expert Advice: The popular Ask An Expert service, will offer free 30-minute consultations with specialists across a range of home-improvement areas including finance, self-build and everything in-between. The show also launches the Home Renovation Clinic to offer visitors the opportunity to speak to expert members of the Federation of Master Builders about their upcoming home projects.
The Innovation Trail: Visitors can follow this all-new trail around the event; comprising nine ground-breaking brands that are changing the landscape and nature of home building and renovation. The trail incorporates the world’s first Milk Bottle House, by Six Miles Across London Limited (SMALL), which demonstrates the kind of green-minded and design-friendly innovation that Kevin McCloud, and Grand Designs Live choose to champion. Modern Method of Construction (MMC) specialists Built & Spaces, who will showcase their innovative, adaptable and sustainable approach to construction through a 200m2 interactive space that has been custom created for Grand Designs Live. Other innovators include Kevin’s Green Heroes, Smarthaus, Green&Blue, Graven Hill, Composite Garden Buildings, BORA and Lutron.
Small Space, Big Change: After its success at the London show in May, Grand Designs Live’s Under The Stairs feature will be reimagined with a new series of eight installations, each imagined by a different interior designer. This competition will focus on the increase in the use of unconventional spaces and Grand Designs Live have chosen eight exceptional and pioneering finalists to bring their ideas to life.
Meet Kevin’s Green Heroes: Hand-picked by Kevin himself, the new Green Heroes will make their debut at the show, giving visitors the chance to discover the very best design-friendly, eco-innovations of today; new brands to the show include BIOFASE Avocado Seed Cutlery & Straws, by 4eco Limited, handmade, biodegradable composite interior products from That’s Caffeine, By Atticus Durnell, Along with fungus and yeast-based bioplastic Korvaa headphones, and Chip[s] Board, a biodegradable alternative to MDF, both designed by Finnish studio Aivan in collaboration with scientists.