Grand Designs Live 2022: 5 highlights

The leading self-build and renovation event returns to London this spring

By Paisley Tedder | 28 April 2022

Grand Designs Live returns to ExCeL London from 30 April-8 May 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. The Grand Theatre

When you’re looking for ideas or advice for your project, the Grand Theatre is the place to be. See TV presenters Kevin McCloud and Kunle Barker, along with memorable grand designers from the TV show and a host of industry experts, live on stage discussing all things self-build, from planning permission to financial advice and personal experiences. From bothy-converters Iain & Jenny Shillady to backyard barn-builders Greg and Georgie Whitaker, as well as frank discussions about renewable energy and the mysteries of Paragraph 80, there’s plenty to see.

kevin mccloud and kunle barker at grand designs live

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

2. Working from Home project

Find plenty of decorating and design ideas at the event, along with opportunities to buy the latest products. One of which is this year’s Working from Home project, an exciting new feature at Grand Designs Live London 2022. Five interior design experts will be competing to create the best multifunctional home office, offering stylish and practical solutions for flexible working. Browse the room sets for inspiration and to discover which companies supplied the products. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Kevin McCloud, and announced on the Grand Theatre stage.

Working from home Grand Designs Live highlights

Photo: Media10

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, for the first time you can even book a consultation with a host of upcycling experts to help your reuse and recycle with panache. Bring your plans, budgets and ideas along for a detailed assessment. Advance booking is recommended, you can do so at granddesignslive.com.

Kevin McCloud ribbon cutting at Grand Designs Live highlights

Photo: Media10

Grand Designs Live returns to ExCeL London from 30 April-8 May 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. The Grand Theatre

When you’re looking for ideas or advice for your project, the Grand Theatre is the place to be. See TV presenters Kevin McCloud and Kunle Barker, along with memorable grand designers from the TV show and a host of industry experts, live on stage discussing all things self-build, from planning permission to financial advice and personal experiences. From bothy-converters Iain & Jenny Shillady to backyard barn-builders Greg and Georgie Whitaker, as well as frank discussions about renewable energy and the mysteries of Paragraph 80, there’s plenty to see.

kevin mccloud and kunle barker at grand designs live

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

2. Working from Home project

Find plenty of decorating and design ideas at the event, along with opportunities to buy the latest products. One of which is this year’s Working from Home project, an exciting new feature at Grand Designs Live London 2022. Five interior design experts will be competing to create the best multifunctional home office, offering stylish and practical solutions for flexible working. Browse the room sets for inspiration and to discover which companies supplied the products. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Kevin McCloud, and announced on the Grand Theatre stage.

Working from home Grand Designs Live highlights

Photo: Media10

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, for the first time you can even book a consultation with a host of upcycling experts to help your reuse and recycle with panache. Bring your plans, budgets and ideas along for a detailed assessment. Advance booking is recommended, you can do so at granddesignslive.com.

Kevin McCloud ribbon cutting at Grand Designs Live highlights

Photo: Media10

4. Grand Designs beds

Check out the new collection of DFS x Grand Designs beds – an extension to the already successful DFS x Grand Designs sofa range. The collection of three stylish beds is made using only the most innovative and sustainable materials, from responsibly sourced timber frames to fabric made from 100% recycled yarn and the clever integration of recycled plastics bottles. With sustainable disposal a key part of this circular model, DFS also runs a landfill diversion programme called Sofa Rescue in partnership with Clearabee. So far more than 50,000 sofas have been collected across the UK.

grand designs x dfs beds

Photo: DFS

5. 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 low-carbon house – a walk-through modular home full of innovative low-energy solutions – and Green Grads, where recent graduates will showcase their ideas for a cleaner, greener future. Plus, the already established Kevin’s Green Heroes. Find out more about Green Living Live here.

Kevin McCloud green living heroes

Photo: Media10

Grand Designs Live runs at London ExCeL from 30 April-8 May 2022. Click here to book tickets.
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