Grand Designs Live London Enjoys continued success for 2016 at London Excel

Now in its 12th year, Britain's iconic home improvement exhibition, Grand Designs Live concluded on Sunday 8 May with continued success across the board. Over 100,000 visitors were welcomed over the 9 days at ExCeL London and with over 500 exhibitors on show, attendees were spoilt for choice.

Kevin McCloud appeared at the show stating, "It's the show that keeps on giving! What keeps it going is that it's this great little adventure that we can all get involved with – the idea of making a place, making a home and improving our world."

Kevin's opening of the show was an undeniable high-light which saw his dramatic arrival alongside Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller on the world's first cardboard houseboat taking him right to the front door, just in time to cut the ribbon!

Further features at the show included The River Cottage Canteen, the Garden Design Competition and also The Bamboo Bicycle Club, who constructed a bicycle live from scratch over the course of three days, eventually taken for a test spin by Kevin himself.

On top of this, Grand Designs fans were drawn to the famed Ask an Expert, sponsored by Express bi-folding doors, which offered visitors the opportunity to have all their design questions answered personally by representatives from all fields including project management, technology and even RIBA Chartered Architects.

Nathan Garnett, Event Director, commented ‘It’s been another hugely successful show for Grand Designs Live and after 12 years under Media 10 ownership, we are still showcasing the very latest in self build and eEco designed products, innovations and exhibitors. Even faced with running the exhibition over the hottest weekend of the year, we saw visitors flooding through the doors to get inspiration for their home projects’.

The 2016 show offered an array of other interactive features, including:

• Kevin's Green Heroes – innovative and 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) was launched at the show in which consumers were to submit their designs for unique, ultra-flexible self-build homes that can be expanded. The winner will be announced at Grand Designs Live at the NEC later in the year and will be awarded £5,000.

• Grand Theatre, sponsored by Airflow – lLocated in the Grand Village, the theatre hosted a large number of interactive sessions throughout the show, with celebrity experts including Charlie Luxton and Wayne Hemingway taking to the stage .

• RIBA House of the Year - aA brand -new never-before-seen feature for Grand Designs Live 2016, the RIBA House of the Year Model Village showcased the architectural models made by architects for the shortlisted buildings in 2015’s RIBA House of the Year competition

• Grand Tech Hub – Grand Designs tech experts presented an array of new innovations in home technology covering security and control, entertainment, lighting and energy.

• Self Build Centre – showcasing the latest build techniques, over the course of the show build experts created a bespoke outdoor cabin in live demos.

• Grand Interiors Room Sets, sponsored by Gumtree – working alongside the KLC design school, four design students were selected to create stunning room sets based on ‘Famous places that never existed’.

The winner was unveiled at the show by Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood from The Great British Interior Design challenge.

Grand Designs Live will return to Birmingham NEC from 19-23 October 2016 in conjunction with UK Construction Week.