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Grand Designs Live has everything you need to plan your own dream project - all under one roof.

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Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns to London's Excel on 4th - 12th May 2019. The show offers an opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home and gain a wealth of expert advice. Hosted by self-build and design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with more than 400 exhibitors, providing ideas and inspiration for your very own Grand Design, whether big or small.

Grab your chance to meet industry professionals and experienced self-builders and learn how to budget and project manage successfully. We’ve shortlisted the events that no budding self-builder will want to miss.

Ask an Expert

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Get a free 30-minute consultation with industry professionals ready to help with any aspect of your build project. Bring plans, drawings and budgets to get the most out of your session.

Meet the Grand Designers

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Image: Alistair Veryard

Planning a self-build project? Running everyday of the show, why not hear from the people who have done it before, as well as a panel of our resident experts for dynamic Q&A sessions covering everything from finance to planning.

Under the Stairs Project

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Image: Fabio Zimbalatti, Media 10 Ltd

The Under the Stairs Project is a new interiors feature that will see eight interior designers showcase bespoke installations, using the space under the stairs. Visitors will be given the opportunity to browse and pick up inspirations for their own mini grand designs.

Kevin's Green Heroes Live

Plastic lighting featured at kevin mccloud's green heroes live at grand designs live birmingham 2017

Image: Aaron Scott Richards

Discover Kevin's selection of home innovations, and watch demonstrations of past ‘Heroes’. 

Every year, Kevin personally selects Green Heroes celebrating the best conceptual and eco-friendly construction ideas, from small-scale start-ups to big businesses setting a green example for the rest of the industry; including EO Acoustic, Air-Ink, ecoBirdy, HyO Cup, Mapuguaquen, Poppy Pippin and Vlisco Recycled Carpet Studio. 

Experience a Live Build with U-Build

External photo of UK's first U Build project featured on grand designs the street episode 4 on channel 4 hosted by kevin mccloud

Image: Fremantle Media Group

Visitors can watch a build take place, using the U-Build concept as developed by Studio Bark with help from Structure Workshop and Cut and Construct.

This revolutionary construction process provides a robust and affordable self-build solution, which can be assembled by a small team, as demonstrated in Grand Designs: The Street.

Visitors can watch as the construction grows each day, and take part in assembling components to be used in the final build.

Green Finger Campaign

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Image: Friends of the Earth

In line with charity partner Friends of the Earth, Grand Designs Live is launching its Green Finger Campaign at London's Excel. A wildlife forest will be created in the venue showing visitors how and where to construct wildlife-friendly environments. 

Visitors will be invited to take regional specific wildflower seeds away with them to plant and create their own wildlife-friendly environment; then print their fingerprint on a map of the UK to indicate where they live, producing a visual and interactive heat map of where people are supporting the cause. 

The Upcycling Hub

Eco-minded visitors will also find an all-new area of the show focused on the art of upcycling, showcasing a platform for skilled upcycling designers to give insight into their craft, through live demonstrations, as well as showcasing artisanal pieces not yet on the high street, available for purchase.

National Custom and Self Build Week

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Image: Grand Designs Live

As part of the linking between Grand Designs Live and National Custom and Self Build Week, talks and an expert clinic focusing on Self-Build will take place on the weekdays, including topics themed around ‘Busting the myths of Self-Build’.

Grand Designs Live partners with National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) to support National Custom and Self Build Week, with talks and an expert clinic focusing on self-build taking place on the weekdays of the show, including topics themed around ‘Busting the myths of Self-Build’.

Other exciting activities, include an onsite live build, talks and seminars from the creators behind the UK’s largest self build and custom community; Graven Hill, alongside the launch of several new products, from Lutron’s new RA2 Select smart lighting system, to Scavolini’s brand-new premium kitchen range into the UK market.


If you are in need of inspiration for your self-build, book your tickets for Grand Designs Live and take advantage of the plethora of ideas, advice and more. 


Watch Kevin take us on a tour of 2018's London show.



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