Second time around…
National Custom & Self Build Week 2014 took place from 3-11 May when another exciting series of events helped promote custom and self build and encouraged more people to turn their dreams into a reality.
During the run up to the Week, we announced that there had been a year-on-year increase in the British public’s intention to get a custom designed home built for themselves. That was the result of an exclusive Ipsos MORI poll commissioned which marked the launch of the 2014 Week.
The first few days of the Week got off to a blistering start with lots of press coverage: a whole-page article in the Sunday Times, plus extensive coverage in the Telegraph, the Guardian, The Independent and the Daily Mail. On the evening of Wednesday 7th May, for the first time ever, MPs organised an adjournment debate on self and custom build in the House of Commons, as part of the Week. There were big crowds at the various debates at Grand Designs Live with Kevin McCloud, George Clarke and Charlie Luxton all being involved in events to do with the Week.
The Week came to a grandstand finish with the launch of the second ‘Self Build on a Shoestring’ competition. The challenge was all about building a group of self build homes together in an urban environment. It was open to everybody, and there was a £5000 prize fund.
During the launch of the Week Kris Hopkins MP, the 2014 Minster for Housing, said: “The events that are organised during the Week will showcase the many ways people have turned their dream of building their own home into a reality. All the evidence shows that there are millions of people who want to be involved in building a home for themselves in the UK”.
British architect and television presenter George Clarke added: “Self building your own home has to be one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. It’s an opportunity for people to create something truly unique, building that that they can truly call their very own.”
To help launch National Custom & Self Build Week 2014, NaCSBA teamed up with the organisers of the Grand Designs Live exhibition to ask a selection of the UK’s leading housing experts for their suggestions for what could be done to dramatically increase the level of new housebuilding in the UK.
With the 2015 General Election looming we were keen to collate together the best ideas so the politicians from all parties can consider working them into their own manifestos. Not surprisingly, there was strong support for more custom and self build housing.
And if you have strong views or innovative suggestions of your own let us know, by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.