The number of new homes registered to be built within the London region has reached more than 5500 – a 58% increase compared to 3549 last year – according to recent reports from The National Housebuilding Council.
To help identify, appraise and secure the perfect plot to turn their property ambitions into reality, for the first time this year, visitors to the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, returning to ExCeL from 4-6 October 2019, will be supported by masterclasses from the Land Hub, a self-build stage in collaboration with Plotfinder and Potton’s Self-Build Academy.
The show will also see the return of Sian Astley, lady-builder and project manager for BBC2’s ‘Your Home Made Perfect’ alongside Jo Dyson, Property Renovator, interiors specialist and founding partner of home design consultancy Mae House Design. Sian will tackle themes ranging from fresh design ideas, cost-effective styling, and mixing traditional style with a contemporary edge, to underfloor heating and insulation, drawing upon her extensive knowledge accumulated over 23 years.
No matter the phase of a building or renovation project, attendees can access reputable expert support and expertise on all aspects of self-build and renovation over the three days. Visitors will be able to find up-to-date information on a vast range of topics including renovating, building your own home, extensions and conversions, eco and heating, doors and windows, and more. These topics will be discussed extensively by specialists at over 45-free seminars and masterclasses at the Masterclass Theatre, sponsored this year by Kitchens for DIY, a leading supplier of high-quality kitchens, as well as at the Self-Build Theatre, sponsored by Self-Build Zone, a provider of site insurance and structural warranty.
The event will also introduce visitors to the Home Improvement theatre, sponsored by Korniche, a market-leading manufacturer of aluminium roof products, which will host sessions on themes such as adding space and value, loft conversions and planning permission.
Consumers will also have the chance to discover innovative products and services from over 360 national and local brands. In addition, they will be able to interact with real case studies on site to discover the most common challenges they might encounter during the build process.
Self-builders and renovators who are keen to run their ideas past industry-leading property experts are encouraged to visit the Ask the Expert area inside The Advice Centre, sponsored by Internorm, Europe’s leading windows and doors manufacturer. Specialists include Director of Content and Product Development for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine Michael Holmes; Editorial Director of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine Jason Orme; Building Expert Bob Branscombe; Eco Expert David Hilton; Planning Expert Sally Tagg (planning expert); and Finance Expert Tom McSherry.
This section will also house the Ask the Builder zone, where members of the Federation of Master Builders will offer tips to visitors on hiring accredited construction workers.
For those interested in finding out more about the design, planning and construction process, the Ask the Architect area in The Advice Centre is a mandatory stop where chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will provide tailored advice and support via one-on-one consultations.
One of the most important stages of undertaking a building project is obtaining planning permission. Sally Tagg and her team of experts from Foxley Tagg will impart the latest information on new regulations and laws and find a realistic route to deliver the aesthetic outcome desired.