Consumer home show Grand Designs Live, which wrapped up yesterday, showcased a range of new attractions at ExCel in London.
Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, organiser Media 10 expected a record 100,000 visitors for the nine-day exhibition, which ran until May 11. The event covered interiors, gardens, food and housewares, kitchens and bathrooms, home improvement, self-build, renovations technology and shopping.
New features included ‘Market Lane – Grand Food & Housewares’, which offered demonstrations along with tasting and cookery schools and ‘The Tech Box’ – Grand Technology: an interactive walk-through experience showcasing the latest gadgets and technology as well as lighting designs and systems for the home.
These ran alongside established features including ‘Ask An Expert’ which offered specialist home building and ‘The Grand Village’ which offered visitors the chance to explore eco-homes and green living solutions.
Media 10 ceo Lee Newton said: “This year’s Grand Designs Live London marked the 10th anniversary since its launch in 2005. Over the years, the show has grown from its initial three-day format to a nine-day show, and together with its highly successful counterparts in Birmingham, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Sydney, is central to the Media 10 portfolio.”