Always wanted to meet the face of Grand Designs? Head to the Grand Theatre, sponsored by Airflow, to see Kevin McCloud, Charlie Luxton and a host of industry experts live on stage as they lead educational seminars, interactive live drawing sessions and dynamic debates.
Please note: All sessions and personnel in the Grand Designs Live Grand Theatre programme are subject to change. The organisers cannot be held responsible for inconvenience, expense or disappointment resulting from such changes, so please checking this page for regular updates.
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Please see the Grand Theatre timetable below:
11:00Meet the Grand DesignersOpen or Close
Fresh from the current Grand Designs TV series, join Jonathan and Noreen to hear about their tree house project which begun in 2012. The 3-storey tree house was built with no concrete, and gives the impression that it floats amongst the trees.
Chair Kevin McCloud Speakers: Jonathan Martin & Noreen Jaafar
12:00Building Regulations Affecting Ventilation in the HomeOpen or Close
Indoor air quality in UK homes can have a negative impact on our health. Join Airflow’s Ian Thompson to explore the current legislation and Building Regulations surrounding ventilation – and discover the benefits to your home and health after installing a compliant ventilation system.
Speakers: Airflow - Ian Thompson
13:00Top tips for Planning your own Grand DesignOpen or Close
Planning your own Grand Design? Confused on where to start? Join our panel of experts to hear their top tips on starting your own self-build project, with guest appearance from Treehouse builders Jonathan & Noreen from the latest Grand Designs TV series.
Chair Aidan Walker Speakers: Jon Martin & Noreen Jaafar
14:00Don’t be Scared of Building your own HomeOpen or Close
Self-building can be a daunting prospect – with so much to consider it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a seminar led by experts from the Chartered Institute of Building and Potton, the UK’s market leader in self-build timber-frame package homes. They’ll talk through everything you need to know prior to taking the plunge, making this the ideal place to get all the vital information that will give you the confidence to begin your very own project.
Chair Aidan Walker Speakers: Chris Chivers (CIOB), Paul Newman (Potton), Adrian Unitt (Graven Hill), Michael Holmes
15:00Meet the Grand DesignersOpen or Close
Fresh from the current Grand Designs TV series, join Jonathan & Noreen to hear about their Tree house project which begun in 2012. The 3-storey Tree house was built with no concrete, and gives the impression that it floats amongst the trees.
Chair Aidan Walker Speakers: Jonathan Martin & Noreen Jaafar
16:00More than worth it: The RIBA’s ‘Working with Architects’ panel discussionOpen or Close
Ex-RIBA President Stephen Hodder presents headline themes from the RIBA’s important survey into the value of working with an architect, followed by a discussion with clients and their architects for their Grand Designs. #workingwitharchitects
Speakers: Stephen Hodder
Please see the Grand Theatre speakers profiles below: