Grand Designs at ExCeL

Fans of DIY can look forward to a week of inspiring ideas that will help them transform their home at this year’s Grand Designs Live show.

The event, which starts on Saturday and is based on the Channel 4 TV series, returns to ExCeL for the eighth consecutive year and will be presented by Kevin McCloud.

It has seven sections, including the spectacular Grand Village which hosts a number of full scale properties, Grand Build sponsored by Velux, Grand Interiors and Grand Gardens. It is a show for anyone interested in design, build, interiors and kitchens and bathrooms.

From May 5 to 13, there will be more than 500 exhibitors with a range of products and ideas for the home in the ultimate consumer home event for anyone looking to improve, redesign or just redecorate.

This year, for the first time, the show will be launching an art section showcasing works from more than 20 respected galleries from around the UK. The Grand Art Fair will have hand picked varied and diverse works of art from these galleries.

Lovers of modern art can expect to see affordable works of art from the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst as well as Polly Morgan.

Kevin McCloud will also be bringing one of his self confessed babies - the Kevin’s Green Heroes exhibition of new eco-friendly technologies.

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It will be both a showcase and a launch pad for a host of products and new eco-technologies that aim to improve housing and our way of living in the future, in a move towards everyone becoming a little bit greener.

Kevin said: “This will be the third year we’ve done the Green Heroes and from the start I wanted a mix of ideas: radical, environmentally-friendly products from large manufacturers that we should be using more; clever, recycled materials; stuff from small makers and crafts people; low-energy technologies and brilliant cross-fertilised, creative ideas.”

Five lucky readers who entered the Recorder Grand Designs competition will be receiving tickets to the show. They are: Joy Braybook, Carson Road, Canning Town; Scott Collier, Newham Way, Canning Town; Linda Courts, Peltits Road, Dagenham; Marie Parker, Howards Road, Plaistow, and Richard Farrar, Cremore Estate, Chelsea.