Don't Move, Improve! day 2012

Saturday 25 February – Saturday 25 February 2012

NLA's third annual day of free Don't Move, Improve! events will be taking place on Saturday 25 February, giving free advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend their homes.

Architects and interior designers will be offering free design surgeries throughout the day; there will be free talks from speakers on getting started with your home extension, architects giving design inspiration; an exhibition of the capital's best home extensions; special promotions; free giveaways, and a chance to win a year's subscription to Elle Decoration!

All events are free to attend, but booking is highly recommended for the consultations and talks.


When booking, please do not select overlapping times for individual consultations and talks!

Consultations (Booking highly recommended)

Free 20-30 minute consultations with an architect, interior designer, style consultant or commercial consultant. 
Please bring along as much information as possible about your home/ extension project on the day, such as plans, drawings and photographs.

- Architect consultation
Winning and shortlisted architects from NLA’s 2011/12 competition will be giving free one-to-one consultations to anyone looking for advice on their own home extension – suitable for those who are well underway with a home extension or simply wanting some advice on where to start.

- Interior Design consultation
Free one-to-one interior design consultations with qualified interior designers.

- Style consultation with BoConcept
Using your existing furniture and style as a starting point, optimise your living, dining, working and sleeping space, and get advice on colours, finishes and styles. BoConcept will show how their furniture can be tailored to suit any budget. 

- Commercial consultation with Gardiner & Theobald
Gardiner & Theobald help people predict and manage the cost of their projects and put in place the contractual provisions to achieve projects on budget and with peace-of-mind. Advice can be given on cost planning and budgeting, managing professional appointments, tendering and negotiation, tax, VAT and capital gains.


Talk programme - Design Inspiration (Booking highly recommended)

Get inspired with a series of talks from some of London's top architects on designing home extension projects in the capital, along with tips on getting planning permission, writing a good design brief, and building on a budget.

- 12:30-13:15 Talk 1 - Getting started
Thinking of extending your home and looking for inspiration on where to start? Hear from London-based architects on their experience of designing and building a home extension from start to finish, as well as advice on gaining planning permission, costs and budgets. Speakers include: Soraya Khan – Director of Theis+Khan (RIBA Stirling Award 2010 nominee), Carl Turner – Director of Carl Turner Architects, and Paul Lewis – Architect.

- 14:30-15:15 Talk 2 - Design tips

Top design tips and inspiration from architects and interior designers on innovative design solutions for creating more space in your home, including tips on writing a good design brief, interior design – making better use of the space you have, and extending your home at any budget. Speakers include: Mary Duggan – Director of Duggan Morris, BIID member Dan Hopwood – Director of Daniel Hopwood Ltd and Alan Higgs – Director of Alan Higgs Architects.


Exhibition - the capital's best home extensions, small office refurbishments and interior design projects.

(Free to enter - booking not required)

An exhibition of the 72 inspirational winning and shortlisted projects from NLA's Don't Move, Improve! 2011/12 competition, now in its third year, to find the capital's best designed and most innovative home extentions, small office refurbishments and interior design projects.


Special Promotions and Offers

Pick up a ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ postcard from NLA and you receive a 10% discount at BoConcept, 158 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NH until 28 March 2012.

Free magazines and other goodies.

Enter into our raffle by completing a feedback form on the day and be in with the chance of winning a year's subscribtion to ElleDecoration (sponsored by ElleDecoration).


In association with British Institute of Interior Design (BIID),London Development Agency, Mayor of London, RIBA London     
Retail Partner: BoConcept
Media Partner: ELLE Decoration

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

All events are free to attend, but booking is highly recommended for the consultations and talks.

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NLA and the Building Centre

Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

We are closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Easter Saturday and for the Christmas period from 24th December to the first working weekday of January.

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