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Grand Designs Live London 2018

by Nicola Macdonald

The 14th edition of Grand Designs Live came to ExCeL London on 4-12 May. The show was once again hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and included over 500 brands across Build, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interior.

The event focussed on eco-living for 2018, with numerous talks offering advice surrounding the issues that those embarking on an eco-friendly project may face; visitors were able to speak to a host of exhibitors showcasing products and services for green projects as well as gain eco-advice and listen to expert panel discussions, offering guidance on how to lower the carbon footprint of your home.

Following the recent publicity surrounding the impact of single use plastics, the show aimed to turn the tide on plastic pollution, by launching a new initiative banning plastics bottles, straws and cutlery; replacing them with biodegradable alternatives.

McCloud commented: “The issues of environmental impact and sustainability are key across all areas of life at the moment, and the field of design is no different. At this May’s Grand Designs Live, we have banned all single use plastic from the show and partnered with Friends of The Earth, as our charitable partner.

“This alongside my new Green Heroes, the introduction of new feature area, Architectural Salvage and the amazing display of recycling by Harry Dwyer, who created ‘The Cockroach’, have really demonstrated the show’s shift in focus to the issues that affect us all.”

The Cockroach was a pedal-powered motorhome built by Dwyer and Charlie Waller of Aircraft Workshop and created with fully recycled materials.

Daren Newton, event director for Grand Designs Live added: “We have had a really busy show, catering to every aspect of home design and build providing useful advice for our visitors, along with inspiring features and exciting brands. The content we have featured on The Grand Theatre this show has also reflected the change in our visitor’s priorities, not only do they want to hear about designs, but they want to know how to reduce carbon footprints, become more sustainable and reduce their negative impact on the world.”

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