New and returning brands set to inspire at Birmingham’s NEC

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 10 – 14 October 2018. This inspiring event promises to break through the conventional limitations in home building to offer visitors the chance to discover the very latest innovations in home design and decor, explore current trends, preview new products and find brands not yet seen on the high street. Based around the concept of the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design maestro Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 400 exhibitors, spanning five different sectors; Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors.

The Grand Build Hall will showcase products to advance any and every project, from renovating a period property or adding an extension to an existing home. Self-builders will find ground-breaking ideas for builds ranging from construction to finishing touches, as well as the latest developments in sustainable and eco-technology along with inspiring designs from an array of architects; coming together to create a home that is truly exceptional.

A selection of build suppliers including Polypipe, Velfac/Velux, Internorm, Airflow and Maxlight will offer an array of top quality essential materials and services necessary for home builders. ID Systems; manufacturers, suppliers and installers of bifold & sliding doors, will be showcasing their newest models and systems. Visitors can also discover oak framed houses from award-winning design and construction company Oakwrights, while new exhibitor Inotherm will be showing their high-end security doors alongside their extensive range of entrance doors. Also on show will be products from Silva Timber, one of the UK’s leading importers of speciality timber products; offering the most comprehensive range of timber products in the UK including cladding, trim, decking, fencing, shingles, shakes, screens, fasteners, wood care and pre-finishing services. While Pirnar’s innovative and award-winning entry doors complete with elegantly concealed handles, hidden fingerprint readers, automatic night illumination and beautifully handmade smooth surfaces, will also be on show for the first time as the brand launches in the UK.

Grand Interiors and The Design Arcade will offer stylish ways to finish a home; here, visitors can discover unique products from individual designers and browse hundreds of brands not readily available on the high street including Sir William Bentley Billiards and JamJar LightsSAM Leisure, who have been providing quality and professional games room and leisure equipment for over 20 years, will be unveiling their latest additions to the dining room pool table range. Another highlight, not to be missed, Restoration Tree produces furniture using responsibly sourced timber from around the world. Specialising in African and British hardwoods, they produce natural artistic furniture for all aspects of living.

Those with an interest in the Grand Technology area can explore the innovation of the smart thermostat from Hive, controllable from your phone from British Gas, or peruse amazing offers on phone, TV and connectivity packages from Virgin Media.

Grand Bathrooms, another highlight at this season’s show, will include exhibitors such as Midlands based company Avanti who produce fitted bathrooms to transform your current bathroom into a relaxing and luxurious sanctuary, plus other exciting brands including Junction 2 Interiors and Bluewater BathroomsEasy Bathrooms will showcase their range of bathrooms, bathroom suites and more including taps, toilets and shower enclosures.

Grand Kitchens will offer some of the most pioneering kitchens and appliances on the market from the likes of Northgate Kitchens and Kutchenhaus. Showing again, after a very successful run at the show in 2017, Bora will be presenting their premium cooktop extractors, Hyco will be showing new finishes for the Zen tap range, while striking stone worktops from Planet Granite and stunning digitally printed full colour splash backs from Cherry Glass Design are not to be missed! From bespoke fitted to free standing, and from strategic design to storage, visitors will find solutions to all their culinary needs; along with the cutting-edge finishing touches that are essential to any kitchen.

Those with a particular interest in the Grand Gardens section, can discover brands spanning a variety of areas of interest including outdoor cooking, swimming pools, garden buildings, hot tubs, landscaping and much more. Sponsored by Hydropool, visitors will explore an abundance of new and exciting ideas. Beautiful, luxury and hand-crafted garden rooms from Cre8a will inspire garden lovers while independent pool designer, Swimming Pool Design Company will offer luxury pools in a variety of stylish design options. For a truly unique garden feature, visit Breeze House to experience their stunning luxury garden gazebos & thatched garden buildings.

Alongside all these amazing brands and products, the show offers an array of other great attractions, including:

  • Ask An Expert – This ever popular service, returns with experts offering free advice in every field, from financing projects, to architecture, interiors and much more.
  • The Grand Theatre, Sponsored by Airflow – Kevin, joined by a whole host of industry experts, and some Grand Designers from the new series of Grand Designs, will provide a wide-reaching range of informative seminars on everything from architecture, to building, and beyond.
  • Kevin’s Green Heroes Live – Each year Kevin showcases the most innovative and useful eco-friendly gadgets and products on the market. His hand-picked selection reveals the latest trends in green technology and shines a light on new directions in product design. This show, visitors can get first-hand experience through live demonstrations of  these Green Heroes.
  • Grand Room Sets – The theme ‘Design By You’ will be brought to life by five pioneering interior designers in this inspirational installation. These innovative rooms will showcase products which are accessible to visitors and are from British retailers, manufacturers and designers.