Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries

Saturday 24 February 2018


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

NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries return on Saturday 24 February, 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 one-to-one consultations, expert talks on best design and making the most of your space, family walking tours and workshops, and much more!

See the winning projects!
Download the Don't Move, Improve! 2018 Magazine




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

Do’s and Don’ts: How to improve your home
10:30 – 11:15
Thinking of extending your home and looking for tips on how to started? Learn about what to expect – from design and planning through to the completion of your project.
Register here

Design Inspiration
13:00 – 13:45
Hear from this year’s architects as they discuss their award-winning projects and learn how to think creatively about your space and maximise your budget to get the best result. 
Register here


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 - Register here 
Party Wall consultations
 Fully Booked
Engineer consultations  Fully Booked
Interior Designer consultations  Fully Booked

You may be able to secure a drop-in consultation on the day, however, booking is highly advised.

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!
11:30 & 14:00 (45 minute tours)
Register here

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. 
11:00 - 16:00 
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 26 January to 20 April 2018.


Take home details of all 120 featured projects with the Don't Move, Improve! magazine, or download for free when you subscribe to our newsletter.


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.

Local Offers

Explore Fitzrovia as part of the Don't Move, Improve! Design Surgeries, with these local offers:
More Information


A further three sessions will be held later in the year on Saturday 28 April, Saturday 23 June, and Saturday 15 September.

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