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Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 In London – Preview

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Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 in London – Preview

Following the success of the Homebuilding and Renovating show in Birmingham, Glasgow and Surrey, it is now time for London to host. The HBR Show will take place in ExCeL London on the 22-24th September and offers a record amount of 337 exhibitors, and over 65 seminars.

We understand that it is not easy to prepare for such a large event, and to help make this process easier for you we have prepared a summary of our recommendations of what to see if you are (or thinking of) undertaking a self-build project.

Before reading this blog, have a look at our guide article, which will help you to get the most of the HBR Show. This article provides very helpful tips on how to prepare for the show, in order to reap the full benefits of attending.

This blog will present our recommendations on the best seminars and masterclasses to see, and the experts and exhibitors you can speak to at the show. Please note that this guide is directed to a self-builder.

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It is supplemented by a two-day guide to the show which will help you achieve the maximum potential for your Self Build.

The London show is the second largest HBR Show and offers over 330 exhibitors, with over 65 various seminars. Especially for you, our team selected the top 7 talks from the main theatres, the top 7 exhibitors you should visit and the top 7 experts you should speak to.


Homebuilding Renovating Show London

The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in London are divided between four theatres: Self Build, Home Improvement, Masterclass and Tricks of the Trade. For a prospective self-builder, the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Self Build theatre. Here the self-build experts will be delivering talks on all the important parts of the self-build process. Below are our top picks for the Self-Build Theatre:

Top 7 Self-Build Theatre Talks: 

1. A beginner’s guide to building your own home
David Snell – Author & Contributing Editor at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
Everyday at 10:30-11:00

Fourteen times self-builder David Snell explains how you can build your own individually designed home and save up to 30% compared to buying a new house. Learn how to find a plot, arrange a stage payment mortgage, develop your home design and decide whether to use a custom build provider, main contractor, manage the project using local tradesmen, or build it yourself on a DIY basis.

2. Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze
Sally Tagg  – Planning Expert
Everyday at 11:00-11:30

An introduction to the planning system. Discover the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your homebuilding or renovating project. Learn how the system works, who makes the decisions, how to influence them, when to compromise, when to appeal and more.

3. Beginners’ Guide to Building a Low Energy Home, from Zero Carbon to PassivHaus
Charlie Luxton – TV Presenter and Architectural Designer (Saturday)
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine (Friday and Sunday)
Everyday 12:30-13:00

The ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.

4. How to finish your project on time and on budget
David Snell – Author & Contributing Editor at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
Everyday at 13:00-13:30

Discover the secrets of successful self-build or renovation project management, including how best to utilise your own time and skills to drive down costs and improve efficiency. Learn how to find and manage reliable builders, schedule your project, manage payments and more.

5. Home Design: A step-by-step guide to designing your dream home
Charlie Luxton – TV Presenter and Architectural Designer (Saturday)
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine (Friday and Sunday)
Everyday at 14:00-14:30

The design process explained, from concept sketches to planning drawings, from building regulations to detailed drawing packages. Learn how to make sure your home design meets your aspirations, ambitions, budget, and makes the very most of its location, by formulating a clear design brief and finding and appointing the right architectural designer.

6. Saving money on your build costs – the key to budgeting and effective cost control
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 15:00-15:30

Discover how to make the most of your available budget without sacrificing quality. Learn how factors such as your choice of materials, fixtures and fittings, design complexity, scale and effective project management all influence construction costs. Whatever your budget, this session will ensure you avoid waste and maximise value.

7. How to find land and assess its potential for your new home: Plus an introduction to the right to build
Michael Holmes – Director of Content at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

Everyday at 15:30-16:00

Discover how to search for plots like a professional land finder and learn how to assess the development potential of a site including assessing the cost of infrastructure and highway connections, site specific costs, taxes and town hall levies. Plus a look at the emerging serviced plots market for self- build and custom build ‘turn-key’ homebuilding options and an introduction to the Right to Build legislation and what it means for you.


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The Masterclass Theatre will feature exhibitors who will discuss their products and share information from their area of expertise. If you are unsure of which structural system is best for your project or which renewables will be appropriate for you, there will be 37 masterclasses which will help you to make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 picks for the show in London:

Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks: 

1. Heat Recovery Ventilation: Incorporating Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR) into your homebuilding or renovating project to improve air quality

22 September 11:00-11:20
ADM Systems
Stand: A163

2. Underfloor heating – the truth behind the myths

22 September 12:00-12:20
Stand: F185

3. Designing integrated future-ready homes

22 September 16:00-16:20
Link IT Solutions
Stand: B109

4. PassivHaus Homes: understanding the construction options for building an ultra-low energy home

23 September 11:30-11:50
Flight Timber/Val-U-Therm
Stand: B151

5. How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages

23 September 13:30-13:50
Buildstore Mortgage Services
Stand: H150

6. The importance of project management in the construction, design and architecture industry

23 September 16:30-16:50
Akiva Projects
Stand: M124

7. Protecting your project against risk: an essential guide to insurance, warranty and loss prevention for all project types

24 September 15:00-15:20
Stand: Q126


In addition to the theatres mentioned above, you can find two more in the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in London. If you are a DIY self-builder you may be interested in attending the seminars in Tricks of the Trade Theatre, where you will get practical advice on the homebuilding tasks you can carry out with your own hands such as plastering, electrics and other DIY tasks.

The Home Improvements Theatre will offer a variety of seminars covering topics including renovation, extensions, design and interiors.


Homebuilding Renovating Show London

The Homebuilding & Renovating show in London offers the chance to get first-hand advice from some of the top self-build specialists in the UK. So bring your plans, ideas and any issues you have regarding your project to the Advice Centre. This is an amazing opportunity to get valuable information no matter which stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Here is our list of the top 7 experts that every self-builder should speak to at the HBR show:

Top 7 Experts For Consultations: 

1. Bob Branscombe

A chartered surveyor with over 25 years in construction and consultancy, Bob has combined the industry realm with the self-build world via a long-time obsession with hands on self building. If you need some help with the evaluation of your property or to discuss structural issues of your Self Build, Bob is the man you should see!

2. Michael Holmes

One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of the NaCSBA – organisation founded to support self-builders throughout the UK. His book, ‘Renovating for Profit’, is the definitive guide to home renovations that makes a difference to the value of your property. Michael cannot be missed by any conscious self-builder.

3. Charlie Luxton

The presenter of ‘Building the Dream’, and an Architectural Designer specialising in sustainability. He has spent the last twelve years designing sustainable buildings, hosting television programmes about Architecture and design, working on environmental community projects and giving talks on all aspects of sustainability. If building a sustainable house is your priority, make sure you book your consultations with Charlie!

4. Tim Pullen

One of the biggest eco-expert in the industry. Contributor to many magazines and newspapers, including the Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. He regularly presents seminars and training on sustainable building and renewable energy, and has written three books on this. If energy efficiency is a priority for your project, you cannot miss this opportunity to speak to Tim!

5. Chris Reeves

Chris is an interesting type of lawyer, wearing 2 hats – lawyer and builder. An interest in construction law led Chris to being invited to join a regional law firm to deal with building disputes. Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is now a partner with a leading firm of lawyers. Chris is proud of his grass roots in the trade.

6. David Snell

One of the most prominent Self Build specialists and authors. For 14 years he was The Daily Telegraph’s ‘House Doctor’ with a regular Saturday column. He also wrote four editions of ‘Building Your Own Home’, and other books related to Self Build. With such an extensive experience David can give advice on almost every area of your self-build project and can help you avoid very costly mistakes!

7. Sally Tagg

A planning expert with a successful track record of achieving planning permission for a wide variety of clients including individual self-builders and land owners seeking to unlock the development potential of their land. If you think, that your project may be challenging in terms of achieving planning approval, or just want to give yourself peace of mind, consultation with Sally is recommended!


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This year the ExCeL London will accommodate over 330 exhibitors, who will be available to answer all your self build questions and offer advice. There will also be companies who are specialists in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and many other categories of services and products related to self building.  It wasn’t easy, but we chose the top 7 self-build exhibitors you should visit:

Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit: 

1. ADM Systems
Stand No. A163

If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. B115 should be high on your ‘exhibitors to see’ shortlist. ADM Systems offer a full range of services such as CAD design and proposals, site surveys, compliance advice, complete installation by BPEC approved engineers and full ventilation system maintenance and aftercare packages. They also offer a ‘buddy’ service for self-builders installing their own heat recovery systems.

2. Apeer/Lumi Windows
Doors & Windows
Stand No. B149

Lumi is a groundbreaking new range of frameless windows, doors, bi-folds and sliders from Apeer. With their flat uninterrupted profile these radically styled windows bring a wall of light to your home.  This intelligent piece of engineering is the first of its kind on the market, bringing all the design benefits of frameless glazing with all the strength, security and internal styling of more traditional windows and doors.

3. Buildstore
Finance, Insurance & Mortgages
Stand No. H150

For the vast majority of self-builders getting a mortgage for building their dream home is a necessary mission. Buildstore offers mortgages for clients who are either building their own house, renovating or looking for a better rate on their current house while planning a project. Come over to stand no. D127 and check out what they have to offer.

4. Nu-Heat Ltd
Stand No. F185

Whether you are building your own home, or embarking on a renovation project, Nu-Heat will be at the show to discuss their water underfloor heating systems and renewables. They will be able to offer advice on what solutions will be best for your house. This Customer Service award-winning company will make sure that you will be supported at every stage of your project.

5. Oakwrights
Structural Systems
Stand No. K115

Oakwrights are a multi-award winning company specialising in the design and construction of all styles of oak framed houses. Their unsurpassed reputation has been built on the excellence of design, quality of product and professionalism of service. Oakwrights are considered one of the most progressive company in their field by successfully combining the best of modern methods of manufacturing and state of the art technology with traditional craftsmanship leading the way in 21st century oak framing. If you are considering oak framing for your Self Build you cannot miss their stand.

6. Rationel
Doors and Windows
Stand No. M115

Rationel manufacture energy saving timber and aluminium clad timber windows and doors of premium quality, both in terms of comfort and security. They have developed and manufactured windows and doors since 1954 and today Rationel’s product range covers almost any imaginable need or architectural style.

7. Self Build Academy
Architects & Designers
Stand No. A127

The Self Build Academy contains a range of courses, events and seminars which are all aimed at different stages of the self-build process. Right from the start with finding land, all the way through to completing your build – and everything in between! If you want to learn more about self building before undertaking your own project, maybe it is worth to have a chat with their experts at stand no. A127.

ACA’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show Self-Builder’s Programme (London)

Below you can see ACA’s recommended programme for the HBR Show in London, personalised especially for self-builders. The show’s opening times are 10.00-17.00. As visiting the exhibitors is of as much importance as seeing the seminars, we have divided the time for both activities evenly. We divided each day into two parts – the seminars and the exhibitors/consultation.

Day 1 – 22nd September 2017 (Friday)

9.00-9.30 – Arrive at the ExCeL and park close to the entrance, grab some breakfast to eat in the queue!

9.30-10.00 – Start queuing, if you want a slot with your preferred expert at the Advice Centre, you need to be quick. Remember to prioritise your shortlist of experts depending on your project priorities. Keep in mind that you cannot book your time slots with the experts in advance, these can only be booked on the day.

10.00-10.30 – Make your way to the Advice Centre and secure your free 15-minutes appointment for a suitable time during the day. We would suggest getting one later on in the day, as you may think of more questions as you go around the show, and make sure that it will not coincide with the seminar/masterclass you want to see! Remember to update the programme with the times of the consultations you have booked onto.

10.30-11.00 – Head to the Self-Build Theatre for your first talk: A beginner’s guide to building your own home by David Snell. He is an Author and Contributing Editor at HBR Magazine – a top-class specialist when it comes to Self Build. This is the best choice for a warm up to the show.

11.00-11.20 – Head to the Masterclass Theatre for a great introduction to Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR). If you want to build a low energy house, you cannot miss the talk performed by ADM Systems (A163) and will be a great second step after the first seminar.

11.20-12.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour. Remember that if you own a smartphone, you can download a free app and use it to create a personalised map of the exhibitors and receive alerts when shortlisted seminars and masterclasses are about to start. This can help you to strategically plan your visit and save time. You can download it here.

12.00-12.20 – Head back to the Masterclass Theatre and learn from the specialists at Nu-Heat (F185) about Underfloor Heating.

12.30-13.00 – Go back to the Self-Build Theatre where Allan Corfield will present to you his beginners’ guide to building a low energy home.

13.00-15.30 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.

15.30-16.00 – If you are looking for a plot, go to the Self-Build Theatre to see Michael Holmes and Jason Orme explaining how to find land and assess its potential for your new home.

16.00-16.20 – Head over to the Masterclass Theatre. In this masterclass Link IT Solutions (B109) will explain to you the concept of designing integrated future-ready homes.

16.20-17.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.

ACA’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show Self-Builder’s Programme (London)

Day 2 – 23rd September 2017 (Saturday) 

10.00-10.30 – If there are still experts that you want to see, arrive early to secure your free consultations. Otherwise, you can arrive at the ExCeL at 10.30am. Spend some time before the second day reflecting on what you learned from the previous day. It should inspire you to unravel the areas of self building that you were not aware of before. You can make some changes to the list of exhibitors’ you want to visit and prepare different questions for your consultations with the experts.

11.00-11.30 – You will start your second day from another useful Self Build seminar: ‘Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze’. Sally Tagg will teach you the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your homebuilding project.

11.30-11.50 – Head to the Masterclass Theatre for a great introduction to Passivhaus standard. This masterclass provides an introduction to ultra-low energy home design and construction performed by Flight Timber and Val-U-Therm (B151).

11.50-13.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.

13.00-13.30 – Head back to the Self-Build Theatre for another vitally important lesson from David Snell. In his seminar called ‘How to finish your project on time and on a budget’, Snell will share with you the secrets of successful self-build project management. You will learn how to find and manage reliable builders, schedule your project, manage payments and much more.

13.30-13.50 – Head back to the Masterclass Theatre and learn from the specialists at Buildstore (H150) how to fund your self-build or renovation project, in a guide to stage payment mortgages.

13.50-15.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultations with chosen experts or exhibitor’s tours.

15.00-15.30 – Go back to the Self-Build Theatre for the last talk recommended by us where Bob Branscombe will share with you the secrets on how to make the most of your available budget without sacrificing quality.

15.30-17.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultations with chosen experts or exhibitor’s tours.

The HBR Show holds a plethora of information for a prospective self-builder. The recommendations we have created are, in our opinion, the best solutions for people planning to build their dream home.

However, this doesn’t mean that the other seminars, experts or exhibitors are not worth seeing. Depending on the priorities of your project it may be more appropriate to attend other talks. It is worth the effort and time to prepare well for the show, as what you will learn will definitely influence the final outcome of your project!

Are you going to the HBR Show in London? What seminars, experts and exhibitors are on your shortlist? Have you already been to one? What are your opinions? Was it helpful? Do you have any advice for others? Share your opinions in the comment section below!

For more live tips on the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Glasgow follow @acarchitects and @allan_corfield on Twitter. As Allan is part of the show team, ACA has access to some free tickets for the shows – If you are interested contact us on marketing@acarchitects.biz.

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