Grand Designs Live builds on eleven years of success at London's Excel
As the eleventh Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements closed its doors at London's ExCel (2-10 May); Media 10 – the event's organisers - celebrated a hugely successful show, with over 100,000 visitors and over 500 exhibitors attending the event, to affirm the event's position as the UK's number one contemporary home show.
Show host Kevin McCloud was on hand to greet the excited visitors on their arrival, before cutting the ribbon and declaring the 2015 show officially open. Welcoming over 100,000 visitors across nine days; the scale of the show has expanded to house more features in both Grand Technology and Grand Kitchens sections. Grand Technology featured a new interactive walkthrough experience, 'The Green House' showcasing the latest in innovative gadgets and eco-technology – and Grand Kitchen introduced visitors to the "Miele Live Kitchen Seminar Stage" which hosted a busy schedule of informative kitchen design talks.
Visitors arrived early, eager to get home ideas, inspiration and advice from the show's experts, which this year included Kevin McCloud, George Clarke, Wayne Hemingway, James Alexander-Sinclair and Charlie Luxton, amongst others, who hosted a series of talks and workshops over the course of the show.
Commenting on the 2015 event, Show Director of Grand Designs Live, Nathan Garnett said: "Over the course of the eleven years Grand Designs Live London has been at London ExCel both the exhibition and exhibitors continue to grow and push the boundaries of home development. The fact we're able to introduce new features to the show each year has enabled us to increase the variety of the exhibitors, and reach out to a much wider and diverse level of consumer. Not only has the show continued to attract local visitors, but we're also seeing those from further afield come to explore the latest trends in home design and seek advice from the top experts in the business."
Exhibitors were also delighted with the show's success:
Tristan Cockerill, bespoke furniture designer – "Grand Designs Live is unlike any other show - you won't find this level of inspiration at any other exhibition, and it's great to be a part of it all."
Andy Ruddock, Ezy Peezy – "It's all been so overwhelming, and an absolute privilege to be involved. The show is the perfect platform for businesses to show off their products to consumers who are looking to make purchases."
Colin Smith, Garden Designer Finalist – "I've met some wonderful people, and it's been a hugely enjoyable experience, I've taken immense pleasure in seeing visitors take inspiration from my work, and being able to educate people on reclaimed materials."
John Ruddimon, Lenleys – "This is simply just a great show, filled with inspiration wherever you look."
Jo Ezz, Neff – "The show has been wonderful! This is the first time Neff have been exposed on this sort of scale, and it has been extremely fruitful"
Silva Francis, BriteLite – "It's exciting to be surrounded by serious consumers, and as always, it's been a pleasure to be involved in the show."
James Brennan, Natuzzi – "It's great to be involved in an exhibition where everyone has a genuine interest in developing their homes"
Some of this year's key highlights included the announcement of the Garden Designer of the Year Award winner, who was selected during a live judging event with Kevin McCloud and James Alexander-Sinclair presenting the award to Mark O'Neil for his stunning 'WILD LIFE' Garden. Another exciting highlight of the show was the exclusive launch of 'George Clarke's Amazing Sheds' which brought together the build and design talents of architect and TV presenter, George Clarke, and master craftsman William Hardie of Studio Hardie.
Also back by popular demand, the Ask An Expert section, which offered aspiring developers a free 30 minute consultations on all aspects of a build, renovation or development with a range of experts. In addition to this Natural Building Live proved to be a hit with visitors - showcasing natural building techniques which can be applied to new build projects, retrofit, extensions or restoration to create healthy natural homes.
Grand Designs Live will return to Birmingham at the NEC from 8th – 11th October. Visit www.granddesignslive.com for more information.