Building DIY Gardening


The annual Grand Designs show, fronted by Kevin McCloud, is on again, in Birmingham NEC, very easy to get to for most people in the UK unlike London. Kevin is doing book signings so check that out on the website. I am interested in what happened to the Swindon eco estate, I think it has been postponed due to the recession, will update on that soon. The Channel 4 show goes on forever, despite financial disaster.

Friday and Saturday it is open 10am to 6pm, Sunday is 10am to 5pm.

Main sections are:

Interiors – furnishing, furniture, lighting, carpets, wallpaper, paint etc – but grand
Build – for self builders and DIY buildings and DIY builders
Kitchens – your dream kitchens and mastering the culineray arts – chefs available – sponsored by Miele
Bathrooms – styles, fittings and finishes, all the latest energy and water saving devices
Gardens – big and small – grow your won
Food – kitchens live!
Village – full size buildings to explore
Technology – home tech including AV audio visual, security, 3D and more

Crest roofing and tiling display

Crest roofing and tiling display at the Grand Designs 2009 show

Grand Designs Eco Heat underfloor heating

Eco Heat underfloor heating at the above show

British Eco wind turbine

British Eco wind turbine at the above Grand Designs show.

See Grand Design 2011 NEC >

The New Products section of the show is based on three main themes with a ‘path’ or ‘trail’ to guide a visitor through the vast show. This is a great idea as these shows can be like going to disorganised shopping malls, with no shops just hundreds of stands.:

  • Design trail
  • Innovation trail
  • Eco trail


NEC (National Exhibition Centre)
West Midlands
B40 1NT

DIY Building went to the 2009 show, here are some Grand Designs Show photo pages >

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