Build It’s Self Build Education House

First of its kind award winning education centre for
self-builders designed by lapd Architects

Location: Graven Hill, Bicester
Method of Construction: ICF and SIPs

Build It’s Self Build Education House

First of its kind award winning education centre for self-builders designed by lapd Architects

Location: Graven Hill, Bicester

Method of Construction: ICF and SIPs

lapd Architects worked with the team at Build It, to create a design that would be both informative and stunning. The functioning idea behind the project was to create a space that showcased the design possibilities and practical choices available to any given self-builder on their own self-build project. This unique design was awarded a RICS Social Impact Award 2020 for the South East Residential Category, with the national awards ceremony taking place in September.

The community that has been created around the Graven Hill project will directly benefit from the Education House. This community, who are all building their own home on the site, are in the process of transforming the local area through this first of its kind development project, headed up by Cherwell Council. Self-builders are a key component of the Graven Hill masterplan to regenerate this site. The Self Build Education House is designed to be a central meeting place for local tradespeople and self-builders to come into contact, creating a space where mutually beneficial connections between the supply chain and the end-users can be nurtured.

The Education House is all about transparency through showcasing the process of self-building and the products used to do so. Businesses and professionals that can satisfy the needs of the Graven Hill self-build community were invited to contribute to the project and now use the facility in its completed form. The Education House is a free to use and free to visit building for all members of the public. Beyond this, it houses members of the Build It team, the Graven Hill development team and bookable office space for tradespeople to use and meet with self-builders in. In creating a welcoming space that itself demonstrates so many of the techniques and processes of the self-build journey the Education House aims to inspire those who are at different stages of the process.

There will also be an impact beyond the local area as others come to explore the possibilities of self-build and benefit from encountering the close-knit community of like-minded self-builders that are gathering at Graven Hill. The Education House will facilitate these meetings and celebrate self-build’s contrast against non-bespoke developer housing. The building will eventually, once it has run its span as an educational facility, be sold as a residential home to cover the resource cost of the build.

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lapd Architects worked with the team at Build It, to create a design that would be both informative and stunning. The functioning idea behind the project was to create a space that showcased the design possibilities and practical choices available to any given self-builder on their own self-build project.

The community that has been created around the Graven Hill project will directly benefit from the Education House. This community, who are all building their own home on the site, are in the process of transforming the local area through this first of its kind development project, headed up by Cherwell Council. Self-builders are a key component of the Graven Hill masterplan to regenerate this site. The Self Build Education House is designed to be a central meeting place for local tradespeople and self-builders to come into contact, creating a space where mutually beneficial connections between the supply chain and the end-users can be nurtured.

The Education House is all about transparency through showcasing the process of self-building and the products used to do so. Businesses and professionals that can satisfy the needs of the Graven Hill self-build community were invited to contribute to the project and now use the facility in its completed form. The Education House is a free to use and free to visit building for all members of the public. Beyond this, it houses members of the Build It team, the Graven Hill development team and bookable office space for tradespeople to use and meet with self-builders in. In creating a welcoming space that itself demonstrates so many of the techniques and processes of the self-build journey the Education House aims to inspire those who are at different stages of the process.

There will also be an impact beyond the local area as others come to explore the possibilities of self-build and benefit from encountering the close-knit community of like-minded self-builders that are gathering at Graven Hill. The Education House will facilitate these meetings and celebrate self-build’s contrast against non-bespoke developer housing. The building will eventually, once it has run its span as an educational facility, be sold as a residential home to cover the resource cost of the build. The project has been shortlisted for a RICS Social Impact Award 2020.

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Recent awards

We are proud to have achieved the following awards for recent projects:

2020 RICS Social Impact Awards - Winner of the South East Residential category
2019 Build It Readers’ Choice award
- Best Architect for a renovation or extension
2018 Build It – shortlisted for 4 awards including best self-build and best renovation
2017 Build It – shortlisted Best Self Build and Best Renovation
2014 Build It - Highly commended
2013 Corporate Green Award
2012 Build It – Best Self Build Architect

2011 RICS grand award - shortlisted sustainability
2011 RICS south east award winner – sustainability
2011 RICS south east shortlisted – conservation
2010 LABC national building excellence awards winner - technical innovation
2010 LABC central building excellence awards - best overall project | best small housing development | best sustainable project | best technical innovation
2009 RIBA download prize Highly commended – sustainability

 

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