Grand Designs Live, the exhibition helmed by design guru and TV presenter Kevin McCloud, has postponed its London event due to take place 2-10 May because of the Coronavirus outbreak
Grand Designs Live will now take place at the London ExCeL from 22-31 August. Media 10, the show’s organiser, said the decision was disappointing but the “sensible course of action given the circumstances” and that the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors, clients and staff is paramount.
Richard Morley, director at Media 10, said: “Media 10 continues to monitor advice from the government and the World Health Organisation, but we believe that the new event dates will ensure the delivery of a successful show.
“We have not taken this decision lightly, but we have the wellbeing of all those involved in this event at the forefront of our thoughts and plans.”
Tickets already purchased for the event will remain valid or, alternatively, can be transferred to either the Birmingham show due to take place at the NEC from 7-11 October, or the London 2021 show.
Coronavirus’ impact on the construction industry
Whilst the priority last week was to keep business-critical construction projects open and operational wherever possible, that is likely to change in the weeks ahead. If the government decides to put the country into ‘lockdown’ due to coronavirus, decisions will be taken out of the hands of individual companies and sites may have to close.
The impact on the industry’s supply chain, consisting of multiple layers of businesses, many of them of SME’s with a significant amount of self-employed workers, will be catastrophic and unavoidable.