Coronation Street gets an eco-makeover at the Ideal Home Show 2011

Coronation Street's eco-makeover

The home of Coronation Street’s much loved resident Deirdre has been used as a showcase for how we can all ‘green up’ our home regardless of it’s age and condition. What next, Eastenders promoting the benefits of the Congestion Charge? Read on to discover how our favourite ‘soap’ has been recruited in the battle to make us all consider our green credentials more carefully.

“B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement retailer recently announced its sponsorship of the Ideal Home Show Refit designed by George Clarke. Over 250,000 visitors over 17 days will view the retrofit of the famed terrace house on the cobbles of Coronation Street to show visitors just how easy it is to create a sustainable home.

Ken and Deidre's Eco home makeover - Ideal Home Show 2011

Named ‘The Ideal Home refit, sponsored by B&Q’, the home has been designed by architect and TV presenter of Channel Four’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke who is also a recent addition to the B&Q team as an ambassador to make home improvement easier.

The Ideal Home Show will allow visitors to see up close the current home of Deidre and Ken Barlow and then pop next door to view the eco-vated version of the iconic terrace. From Forest Friendly timber floors, resourced from 100% of well managed forests to efficient under floor heating, the house will be transformed into the greenest house on the street.

And a trip to Coronation Street would not be complete without a visit to the local Rovers Return where Betty’s famous ‘Hot Pot’ and a pint are so familiar.

George Clarke - The Restoration Man outside of the Rovers Return

George Clarke says;
‘The retrofit is designed to show that whether you’re in a Victorian terrace or a modern penthouse, greening up your home is affordable and possible. Many of the products on show can be bought from your local B&Q whose sustainable products are both easy to work with and make a real impact into cutting your home’s carbon emissions.’

George will be at the show giving ‘How To’ talks to keen home improvers as well as being on hand to showcase the home to VIP visitors.

Matt Sexton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at B&Q says;

‘It’s great that we’re involved with the biggest home exhibition in the UK and getting the chance to tell 250,000 visitors how we’re making it easier for them to live a more sustainable way of life. From Forest Friendly timber and FSC wallpaper to energy monitors and low energy light bulbs we’re on a mission to make it easier for customers to green up their homes.’

B&Q is also giving away tickets to the public via social networking site Twitter and their own website www.diy.com. Watch out for the online competitions where followers will be asked to showcase their best home improvement makeovers.

So why not pick up a free ticket and see for yourself? After all if Ken and Deirdre can do it, so can we, right?

The Ideal Home Show is at London’s Earl’s Court from March 11 to March 27th. For more information go to the Ideal Home Show website

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