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NEC's design spectacular has Grand plans this year.

ORGANISERS of Grand Designs Live - the exhibition based on the popular Channel 4 TV show - have ambitious plans of their own.

They expect more than 50,000 people to visit the event, which runs at Birmingham's NEC next month, and want to make it bigger than ever before.

Now in its eighth year, the event has steadily grown in size, fuelled by increasing demand by home-owners to go it alone.

With the construction trade hit by the recession, there has been a growth in property being self-built with the help of individual craftsmen. And Grand Designs Live, staged from October 4 to 6, will offer a showcase for bespoke building and design skills.

"We are expecting more than 50,000 consumers to visit the event over the three days," said show spokesman Jayne Stala.

"The exhibition will offer visitors a great day out, with hundreds of innovative ideas for the home, specialist exhibitors and free expert advice all under one roof, making it an invaluable and unmissable event for home lovers and selfbuilders.

"Fans of the show will be delighted to learn that Grand Designs TV host Kevin McCloud will be at the Birmingham show, too, where he will be meeting fans, chairing debates in the Grand Theatre and sharing his experiences. We have come back to Birmingham by popular demand, which seems to be growing each year."

The event will boast six mini-shows, concentrating on design, building, interiors, kitchens, technology and gardens. The Grand Theatre will host debates and seminars with a range of experts, including advice on local planning and building issues.

And the 'Ask An Expert' forum will offer aspiring developers and those with home projects specialist advice to assist with getting their own Grand Designs project underway. This year, top chefs will also be cooking in a live theatre kitchen. Other highlights include an emphasis on environmentally friendly initiatives and a garden design competition.

Visit or call 0844 854 1348. Advance tickets are PS15 per adult, with under-15s free.
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Date:Sep 20, 2013
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