Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries

Saturday 25 February 2017

11:00 -16:00

NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries return on Saturday 25 February 2017, offering FREE advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend their homes.

Thinking of extending your home and looking for inspiration and tips on how to get started? Join us for a day of FREE one-to-one consultations, expert talks on best design and making the most of your space, family walking tours and workshops, and much more!

A further three sessions will be held later in the year on Saturday 20 May, Saturday 5 August, and Saturday 30 September.  


Gain insight from our award-winning architects and hear their top tips on creating the best home extension. 

12:30 – 13:30
Small intervention: big change 
With space at a premium in our city, don’t underestimate the effect of recalibratating the layout of your home – resizing rooms for your own needs, or extending out into a narrow space can make all the difference! Hear architects discuss recent projects that innovatively used available space to create their clients’ dream homes.
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14:30 – 15:30
Do’s and Don’ts: How to improve your home
Thinking of extending your home and looking for tips on how to started? Learn about what to expect – from gaining planning permission, deciding costs and budgets, working with an architect and other contractors, through to the completion of your project.
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Design Surgeries
Whatever question you have about an extension you’re looking to embark upon or are progressing with, our wide range of consultants will be on hand to help in 25-minute one-to-one sessions. Consultants include this year’s shortlisted architects, and other practitioners including interior designers, engineers, party wall surveyors, and landscape architects.

Architect consultations - Book
Engineer consultations - Fully Booked
Landscape Architect consultations - Fully Booked
Interior Designer consultations - Book
Party Wall Surveyor consultations - Fully Booked

Important information - please read! 
- All events are FREE to attend, but we will be asking for voluntary donations to architectural charity Article 25 on the day. 
- Places are limited and booking is highly recommended. 
- Note that you will have to complete a new booking for each consultation, talk and family tour
- Due to the popularity of the event, we ask that you restrict your consultation bookings to a maximum of one consultation with an architect, and one for any other discipline

Please bring along as much information as possible about your project on the day, such as plans, drawings and photographs.  


Family Activities
Bring the kids and get involved in our exciting series of family activities happening throughout the day. 

Family Walking Tours 
Come and discover Bloomsbury with your kids! Join our special Family Walking Tours to hear stories of old London, secret sunken gardens, private squares and Egyptian mummies!
11:15 & 14:15 (30 minute tours)
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Family Workshops 
Drop in to our family workshop and let your child become the architect! Work together with our professional educators to design your ideal home and learn the basics of architectural design. 
10:30 - 16:30 
Drop-in, no booking required 

See all 120 projects selected from this year’s submissions in detail, alongside the shortlisted and winning schemes. The free exhibition will be on display from 27 January to 29 March 2017.

Grab a coffee and a bite to eat from the award-winning The Gentlemen Baristas café, 'the coolest baristas in the UK', according to the UK Coffee Stop Awards.

Free giveaways
Stay local with discounts to shop and eat at neighbouring stores and restaurants, and take home associated trade magazines for further housing inspiration

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Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 Shortlist


24 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Don't Move, Improve! awards – showcasing London’s best and most innovative new home extensions