Self Build Day at the NSBRC

Attend our Self Build Day at NSBRC

Join our expert team at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon for our exclusive self-build day on Saturday 23rd July. Discover how to build your home using our timber frame or SIPS building systems and learn more about plot finding, design, planning, costing, building regs and managing your build.

(Attendees are welcome to book both sessions.)
Entrance to the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon

Location: National Self Build & Renovation Centre

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is a unique visitor centre dedicated to self builders and renovators that is both inspiring and educational. Their experts can provide you with help and support on everything from finding your plot or project right through to funding it and sourcing the materials.


Morning Session
9.30 - 12.30 - with a break for refreshments
Finding Land to Securing Planning Permission
From plot to design and planning
  • Finding, appraising and valuing a plot
  • How to create a design brief and basic cost plan
  • Making an application and securing planning permission

In these sessions we'll cover what to look for when searching for a plot, give you a plot hunting strategy and cover the basics of appraising and valuing land. We'll explain how to create a design brief and why have a basic cost plan, even at the very start of your journey is essential. We'll outline why understanding planning policy is important and discuss how the site analysis process works.
Afternoon Session
1.00 - 4.00 - with a break for refreshments
Building the dream
From planning approval to completion
  • Got planning - what next?
  • Energy efficiency - new changes to Building Regulations
  • The build process / Managing your build
Whilst finding a plot and obtaining planning permission is for most people the hardest part of their self build journey there is still plenty to do once it has been obtained - in these sessions we'll talk you through the long list of things that need to be sorted out before work can start on site, explain the (significant) implications of the new regulations covering energy efficiency and walk you through the process of building your new home using one of our energy efficient timber frame / SIPs building systems.

Course Cost: Free

Potton Self Build Show Centre

Potton Self Build Show Centre

Mill Lane

Little Paxton, St Neots

PE19 6EF

01480 403285

Open: Mon-Fri 9-5 & Saturday 10-4