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5 reasons to visit Grand Designs Live 2022

The leading self-build and renovation event returns to Birmingham this autumn

By Victoria Purcell | 15 September 2022

Grand Designs Live returns to NEC Birmingham from 5-9 October 2022 packed with advice and inspiration for your self build or renovation. From the introduction of a new show-within-a-show – Green Living Live, dedicated to sustainability – to the chance to see Kevin McCloud chat with memorable faces from the hit TV show, there is plenty to entertain and inform. Here are five unmissable elements of this year’s event.

1. Live theatres

When you’re looking for ideas or advice for your project, Grand Designs Live has four theatres hosting talks and panel discussions covering all elements of self-build, renovation and home improvements. Over on the Grand Designs Magazine Theatre you’ll find TV presenters Kevin McCloud and Kunle Barker talking to memorable grand designers from the TV show and a host of industry experts. From bothy-converters Iain & Jenny Shillady to the stars of Grand Designs: The Streets and specialists planning and energy efficiency. Kevin McCloud  will also be recounting his best, worst and most mind-blowing moments over the 25 years of filming Grand Designs. There’s also an Interiors Theatre, Theatre and the Sustainable Future Theatre.

Find all the live theatre timetables here

kevin mccloud and kunle barker at grand designs live

Kunle Barker and Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live. Photo: Media10

2. Grand Designs Live Giveaway

The Grand Designs Live Giveaway offers all visitors the chance to win a bundle of prizes worth over £10,000. The bundle includes a Dowsing & Reynolds bespoke Bubble Chandelier, a £1,500 voucher to spend on the Grand Designs furniture range at DFS, a £500 Blinds Direct voucher, a £500 voucher, a zappi electric car charger from myenergi, and a cordless Miele vacuum cleaner. The competition will run exclusively on the dates of the show (5-9 October 2022) and you can enter online or at the show, but you must have a ticket in order to enter.

Kevin McCloud ribbon cutting at Grand Designs Live highlights

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3. Ask an Expert

Head over to the Ask an Expert advice centre for a free one-stop-shop of useful project tips and information, with specialists in architecture, garden design, finance, structural engineering and sustainability offering one-to-one consultations. This year you can even book a consultation with a host of upcycling experts to help you re-use and recycle with panache. Bring your plans, budgets and ideas along for a detailed assessment.

Advance booking is recommended. You can do so at

Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live

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4. Green Living Live

This new show, which runs alongside Grand Designs Live, is dedicated to eco-friendly products and services. There will be free expert advice on hand offering ideas and solutions for making your home more sustainable, from renewable energy solutions to installing electric car-charging points. Unmissable elements include the Sustainable Future Theatre, hosting talks and panel discussions on topics such as solving the energy crisis and biophilic design, the chance to discover sustainable building materials and low-carbon energy solutions, plus advice on achieving a net zero household with TV presenter and property expert Kunle Barker.

Find out more about Green Living Live here


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5. Kevin’s Green Heroes

Kevin’s Green Heroes is a showcase of innovative, eco-friendly gadgets and products selected by Kevin McCloud for their unique qualities. This year, they include:

  • BAUX’s patented, 100% bio-based acoustic solution
  • TEULE’s green roof tiles, made from coconut fibre
  • Alvearium’s handcrafted bee house, providing shelter for solitary bees
  • Kelda’s cutting-edge air-powered showers
  • ökoform’s heated desk
  • Lakeland’s zero VOC, non-toxic, eco-friendly vegan paints
  • The Snug Chair by Olivia Ricketts Design
  • The Kelp Collection by Interesting Times Gang, a collection of 3D-printed chairs made with a bio-composite material
  • Vestre Habitats’ LEAF, an insect hotel designed for cities
  • Floc lighting, highlighting wool as a hyper-sustainable material
  • Alana Carr Designs’ Aura sustainable light installation made from compostable material
  • PUREAIR’s zero waste air purification system that harnesses the power of plants and activated substrates
  • Pepper Sq’s Bell 16 pendant light made from recycled cardboard
Kevin McCloud green living heroes

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Grand Designs Live runs at NEC Birmingham from 5-9 October 2022. For tickets, visit