5 unmissable talks at Grand Designs Live

Find inspiration for your next project at the NEC Birmingham with these unmissable talks

By Paisley Tedder | 1 October 2021

After 18 months of virtual events, the UK’s best self-build and renovation show, Grand Designs Live, returns on Wednesday 6 October 2021 for five days of exciting ideas and inspiration at Birmingham NEC. Sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, this year boasts more than 400 exhibitors, an Ask the Expert hub to solve your DIY dilemmas, plus a full programme of talks in the lecture theatre each day.

From meeting real life grand designers like Georgie and Greg, to an exclusive preview of a new design-based Channel 4 series, here are five of the best talks taking place over Grand Designs Live 2021…

1. All aboard the Tool Club Bus

Day: Sunday 10 October
Time: 12pm

Fresh from the launch of Channel 4’s new DIY TV show, the Tool Club Bus is landing at Grand Designs Live. The stars of the show, Jess Grizzle and Max McMurdo will be there to show you how to design, make, fix and upcycle as well as sharing the secrets behind this brand new programme. A lucky member of the audience will also have the opportunity to produce their very own pallet wood and copper phone holder to take home!

Tool Club bus at Grand Designs Live on field

Photo: Channel 4

2. Meet the Grand Designers: The Compact House

Day: Saturday 9 October
Time: 11am and 4pm

We revisit Joe and Lina Stuart’s East London project from series 17, and find out more about the Grand Designs world. TV presenter Kunle Barker will be chatting to the pair, so you have a chance to find out what they’ve been up to since their time on the show and to get inspiration for your own project.

joe stuart and lina nilsson in their kitchen in their east london house, featured in Channel 4's grand designs tv series in 2017

Photo: Fiona Walker-Arnott

3. The Great British Box Room Competition Winner revealed

Day: Saturday 9 October
Time: 3pm

New for this year, interior designers across the UK have been coming up with concepts for the Great British Box Room to maximise the potential of this under utilised bedroom. The six finalists will be on display at Grand Designs Live throughout the five days, but the winner will be announced during the ‘Home office, out of office’ talk.

The Great British Box Room Grand Designs Live 2021

4. My Beautiful Green Home

Day: Saturday 9 October
Time: 12pm

With the sustainability plight at the forefront of our minds, this talk is ideal for those wanting to make eco adjustments to their homes. Join a panel of experts, chaired by TV presenter Kunle Barker, as they showcase a selection of before and afters while offering advice on green home design.

5. Meet the Grand Designers: Backyard Barn

Day: Sunday 10 October
Time: 11am and 4pm

Possibly one of the most popular Grand Designer duos in recent memory, Georgie and Greg Whitaker will be taking to the stage to revisit their single storey barn conversion in Sevenoaks, Kent. They’ll be sharing more of their story and giving an insight into their Grand Designs experience.

Grand Designs barn conversion in sevenoaks kent - 2021 tv series homes

Photo: Channel 4

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