Design and build

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn
Designed to identify new trends and concepts, it’s not hard to see why an eco-friendly rocking chair that can charge a phone was voted one of the 10 ‘Green Heroes’ at this year’s Grand Designs Live, organised by Media 10. Held at Excel from 4 to 12 May, these ‘hero’ inventions were handpicked by Kevin McCloud, best known as the front man for Channel 4 series Grand Designs. Rocking a pinstripe suit jacket with boots and jeans, the design guru stepped up to the Green Deal debate and told audiences “it’s fundamental to get enthused about having ideas and working together to create a more sustainable future.” Grand Designs invited housing and local government minister Mark Prisk, to the show “because the government needed to hear what the challenges to building or even maintaining sustainability to your home are,” event director Nathan Garnett told EN. “He wanted to hear first hand from our visitors what is stopping them from doing anything. Hopefully that means Grand Designs will be influential in government policy.” The National Self Build Week launched at the show this year, aimed at helping people understand how possible it is to do it yourself. “Probably two years ago we had the initial conversation with the National Association of Self Build (NaSBA) because we have the same ambition to promote and get people to build their own home,” said Garnett. “This is the largest event for the self build market, and it just made sense to base it around the week.” More than 500 exhibitors showcased their products for visitors to build their dream home. Finance and access to buying land were only some of the challenges industry experts were faced with by visitors in the Build Hall. “Ask an Expert has pretty much been with us since the first two or three years, we’re to the point now where we have 30 or so experts per day,” said Garnett. “We’ll always try and get more and more areas covered so that if you’re doing a self-build project, there’s more expertise in there than any other event you could possibly find - it’s all covered,” said Garnett. “That’s probably the key reason why we have won Consumer Event of the Year five times at the Exhibition News Awards. After each show we take everything apart and look at which features we’ll completely refresh or bring new to the table, and which ones we’ll develop rather than scrap.” Garnett told EN it’s all about creating the brand experience of Grand Designs – which would explain the TV show theme tune playing on repeat in the entrance tunnel. “Obviously we have the man himself [Kevin McCloud] and we’ve also got a number of contributors to the TV show, whether it be products, suppliers or architects who will be here, whether they’re in seminars or Ask an Expert.” Also new to the show was the ‘Eco-Tech House’ and the Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the Year competition. “With the garden shows out there like Chelsea and so on, we could never compete because we’re a nine-day indoor exhibition,” said Garnett. The organisers made the competition more Grand Designs-led focusing on the design and sustainability of the garden. “The spaces are quite small designs so that the majority of the audience here can see how that can translate into a London property.” The Garden Competition will return in the autumn show at The NEC on 4-6 October. “There will be tweaks in the Birmingham show. There are things on the verge of confirming but I won’t say just yet because I don’t want to jinx them,” Garnett teased. This was first published in the June edition of EN. Any comments? Email exhibtionews@mashmedia.net
Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn

Related Stories

Elsewhere on EN

Less than a week until 2017 EN Awards!

Less than a week until 2017 EN Awards!

The 11th annual EN Awards are gearing up to be the biggest night of celebration in the exhibition industry calendar, as the clock counts down to Thursday 30 March.
Movers & Shakers 22/03/17

Movers & Shakers 22/03/17

People moves at ExCeL London, Blitz|GES and more
New network for young #eventprofs launches

New network for young #eventprofs launches

A new network aimed at young professionals in the business events industry has been launched, in the form of Meetings + Millennials.

CONFEX LIVE

Most read Stories

Building emerald cities

Building emerald cities

From Malaria to Blenheim, through to UBM, Jane Risby-Rose – the 20-year story of her yellow brick road industry journey.
Come to Confex and be inspired

Come to Confex and be inspired

The exhibition and events industry is all about the power of face-to-face, the art of exhibiting and networking with old friends and new, which is why EN would like to personally invite you to attend International Confex to learn more.
5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

Looking to the future and learning from the past at AEO Forums 2016.

Latest News

Less than a week until 2017 EN Awards!

Less than a week until 2017 EN Awards!

The 11th annual EN Awards are gearing up to be the biggest night of celebration in the exhibition industry calendar, as the clock counts down to Thursday 30 March.
Movers & Shakers 22/03/17

Movers & Shakers 22/03/17

People moves at ExCeL London, Blitz|GES and more
New network for young #eventprofs launches

New network for young #eventprofs launches

A new network aimed at young professionals in the business events industry has been launched, in the form of Meetings + Millennials.

Latest Galleries

London Book Fair 2017

London Book Fair 2017

From 14 to 16 March, more than 25,000 visitors from over 130 countries visited Olympia London for the 46th edition of The London Book Fair. A year of celebration, highlights included a tribute to The Wizard of Oz’s yellow brick road, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, 70 years of Indian independence and much more.
LondonEdge celebrates 35th show

LondonEdge celebrates 35th show

Alternative fashion show LondonEdge returned to the Business Design Centre on 12-13 February, celebrating its 35th edition.
Crufts 2017

Crufts 2017

Pedigree dog show, Crufts, once again celebrated all that is great about dogs when it returned to the NEC on 9-12 March. The show attracts around 22,000 dogs annually from around the world, competing for a place in the prestigious Best in Show final.

Latest Opinions

Positive challenges ahead

Positive challenges ahead

Chris Criscione, ESSA board chair and managing director Equinox Design looks ahead to ESSA’s next decade.
Don't knock it

Don't knock it

New technologies always seem outlandish, until they don’t, says Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer at RefTech.
Good practice with data

Good practice with data

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer at RefTech, on being open, transparent, and accurate about what you are doing with the data you handle.