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10th Grand Designs Live enjoys success with rise in visitors

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham at NEC celebrates its 10th year with record visitor attendance.

Britain’s most popular home improvement event, Grand Designs Live, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, welcomed over 61,900 visitors throughout the four day run this year, showing an increased footfall of 6.5% year on year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Grand Designs Live welcomed 13,000 visitors on the launch day alone, leading to the news that next year's exhibition will be extended for a fifth day.

The combination of the launch of Media 10’s newest trade event, UK Construction Week, as along with the presence of Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, meant that the NEC was buzzing with large amounts of visitors throughout the show, all looking for inspiration in architecture and design.

The highlight of this year's event was the entrance of Kevin McCloud driving the world's first origami-inspired car, created by Lexus, while this year's partnership with River Cottage and their harvest garden surprised and delighted guests.

Further additional features included the Grand Designs Live Green House, the Miele Kitchen Advice Centre and the Miele Kitchen Design Stage, where visitors could access free design advice from a range of kitchen experts.

Alongside Kevin making several appearances, and even meeting the 10 year old versions of himself as part of the ‘Mini McClouds’ campaign (to inspire younger designers to craft their own ‘grand designs’), experts such as George Clarke and Kelly Hoppen also held talks and presentations.
Lee Newton, CEO of organisers Media 10, said, "We're delighted that the 10th anniversary of Grand Designs Live was such a success, delivering an increase in visitor numbers, and demonstrating that the show’s popularity is still unwavering after running for a decade.

Next year's show is already set to be bigger than ever as we look to extend our run for a fifth day. By partnering with UK Construction Week we're really able to tap into the apparent desire for design and architecture that is so rich amongst the British public."

Alongside these new features, the show offered an array of other great attractions, including:

• Ask an Expert, sponsored by Express Bi-folding Doors – visitors could bring their property plans to the show to book and attend a free 30 minute session with an expert in any one particular field. With 30 experts present each day in areas such as architectural technology and structural engineering, budding designers can take advantage of a range of information available all under one roof.

• Kevin's Green Heroes – eco-friendly products were created and exhibited at the show, chosen by Kevin McCloud, and showcased in the Grand Theatre.

• Self-Build on a Shoestring – a competition in association with NaCSBA (National Custom and Self-Build Association) in which consumers created unique, ultra-flexible self-build homes that can be expanded. The winner was awarded £5,000 during the show.

• Grand Theatre, sponsored by Airflow – Located in the Grand Village, the theatre hosted a large number of interactive sessions throughout the show, while both Kevin and George also hosted book signings throughout.

Grand Designs Live will return to London 30th April – 8th May at London's ExCel.