Over 20,000 Grand Designs fans, budding builders and renovating enthusiasts were out in force last weekend for the second instalment of Grand Designs Live Sydney. The prestigious home show, which ran from 5-7 October at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, was headlined by Grand Designs Australia host, Peter Maddison, along with landscape legend Jamie Durie and a raft of other LifeStyle Channel talent including Shaynna Blaze, Andrew Winter, Veronica Morgan and Charlie Albone.
The Sydney leg of Grand Designs Live followed hot on the heels of Grand Designs Live Melbourne, which opened for the first time from 21-23 September, attracting more than 28,000 visitors. Host of Grand Designs UK, Kevin McCloud was the star attraction, completely packing out all of his sessions in the GRAND Theatre.
Another highlight was the creative culinary presentations at the Miele Kitchen Theatre by cook, author and restaurateur, Maggie Beer; Vue De Monde Head Chef, Cory Campbell; and Executive Chef at Perth’s Greenhouse Restaurant, Matt Stone. In Sydney, Sixpenny Restaurant’s Head Chef Daniel Puskas completed the impressive line-up.
The House of the Future proved popular amongst visitors, showcasing the latest in advanced technology, design and innovation for home entertainment systems and lighting. Experts were also on hand to offer advice about the latest technologies for sustainable and eco-building at the Sustainable Building Stage.
Thousands of visitors brought along plans, sketches, photos, blue-prints, drawings and budgets to take advantage of the free expert advice available at the Expert Advice Centre and at Exhibitor stands throughout the show.
Grand Designs Live will return to Sydney and Melbourne in 2013. Dates and full line-up to be advised soon at www.granddesignslive.com.au