How long has Kevin McCloud been presenting Grand Designs and when did he get an MBE?

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How long has Kevin McCloud been presenting Grand Designs and when did he get an MBE?



(Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)Kevin McCloud is busy creating a whole new street in the new spin-off series of Grand Designs.
Grand Designs: The Street follows Kevin as he helps 10 households create a new street in Bicester, Oxfordshire over five years.
He has now presented over 19 series of Grand Designs as well as various spin-off shows during his 20 year career.
Here is everything that you need to know about the property design expert.

(Picture: Glenn Dearing/Channel 4)How long has Kevin McCloud been on Grand Designs?
Kevin has been the presenter for Grand Designs since April 1999 when the show aired its first episode.
Since then he has gone on to front the show for 19 series over a 20 year period, as well as presenting various spin-off shows include Grand Designs Trade Secrets and Grand Designs Abroad.
The Channel 4 series usually sees Kevin meet with people who are starting a new building project on their house and they then follow the properties transformation.
McCloud also went on the present a Grand Designs Live special where he showed environmentally friendly ways to carry out construction projects.
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The 59-year-old had originally trained as a theatre designer and then set up his own lighting design manufacturing business.
Before joining Grand Designs, Kevin had published his first book in 1990 called Kevin McCloud’s Decorating Book, and this was later followed up by two other releases about lighting, decorating and choosing colours for your property.
In 2005 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Design from Oxford Brookes and Plymouth University, and four years later he also received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
McCloud was included as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2014 and he received an MBE for services to sustainable design and energy-saving property refurbishment.
Grand Designs: The Street continues on Thursdays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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