If you’re planning to bite the bullet and do some serious home improvements in 2015, the new Don’t Move Improve! exhibition at New London Architecture (NLA) at the Building Centre in Store Street is a very good place to start. Its free exhibition follows a competition judged by, among others, Homes & Property’s architecture and arts correspondent, Philippa Stockley, and runs till 12 February.
Winning schemes were selected from a total of 44 shortlisted schemes, all of which are now on display in the show. The judges looked for projects that displayed innovation and creativity in the creation of new space, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to project delivery, and high-quality design that complements London's rich mix of architectural styles. The 44 shortlisted and winning projects demonstrate a range of solutions at a variety of budgets, completed within London’s distinct typologies – from Victorian to Georgian, through to 1950’s stock and some modest industrial buildings.
There are lots of ideas from just doing a small extension — perhaps finally covering over that side extension — to really major, inspiring projects.
Free Don’t Move, Improve! Open Day on Saturday 24 January
NLA is also running an open day, where some of the architects and designers will be on hand, so it is a great opportunity to chat to experts and get some down-to-earth advice or ideas. The events will offer inspiration and advice to homeowners looking to extend their homes. A number of the shortlisted and winning architects will be at NLA for one-to-one design consultations, while nearby Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road will offer free style consultations to create your dream home interior, while a series of talks will give practical advice on getting started, planning and budgeting.
Bookings are now open. All events are free but booking in advance is highly recommended. Bookings will be taken via the NLA website: www.newlondonarchitecture.org/DMIday2014
WHERE: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1; and Heal’s, 196 Tottenham Court Road, WC1. See website for full details.