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Built for sharing

The award-winning Lancaster Cohousing project on the banks of the River Lune is fast becoming an inspiration for sustainable low-cost communities of the future, as Heather Dixon reports. It took four friends with a vision, a huge leap of faith... View Article

Building a harboured dream

For many years, Mick and Isobel Jennion had harboured a dream to build their own sustainable home and when, in 1981 they visited a new eco-efficient housing development in Milton Keynes with a fully built, fully furnished Potton show home... View Article

Just imagine… recreating your childhood home

The couple, who moved from a two bedroomed flat in London to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire, wanted their children to enjoy the same rural lifestyle they did. And that included never-forgotten features from Louise’s own childhood... View Article

Swapping life in the city for country life

Kevin and Elise Meers were faced with a dilemma. Do they settle for a house in the perfect location and extend it, knowing it will never be right? Or, do they knock it down and simply start again and make... View Article

Addicted to self-build

Meet Roger and Jane Bailey. Roger is a professional photographer and Jane is a sales manager. Roger has built three Potton homes in the past 30 years – and enjoys the self build process more every time. “My first Potton... View Article

Contemporary design

Meet Cliff and Shena Cooper, who’ve built an ultra modern eco home in Northamptonshire. Cliff is a semi-retired solicitor and Shena is the CEO of the Secret Seed Society. When the couple set out to extend their existing home, they... View Article

Help and guidance

Meet Leah and Richard Allen. Leah is a management consultant and Richard is MD of a flooring company. The couple have two children, Joseph (7) and Jemima (5). When Leah persuaded Richard to build a new house on the site... View Article

Oaks Day Nursery, University of Kent

This project combined Kingspan Timber Solutions’ expertise in commercial and self-build homes sectors by utilising a mix of different materials and skills. Project: Oaks Day Nursery, University of Kent Type: Education Customer: Jenner Group – on behalf of University of... View Article

Center Parcs, Woburn Forest

Kingspan Timber Solutions developed a strong working relationship with ISG plc during this high volume construction project. Project: Center Parcs Woburn Type: High volume, large scale works Customer: ISG plc Completion date: December 2013 Project Background In December 2004, Center... View Article

William Street Quarter

Project: William Street Quarter D66594-013 Type: Affordable housing Customer: Laing O’Rourke Completion Date: June 2014 This was a complex project with some challenging processes however the end result is stunning and testament to whole team involved Project Background William Street... View Article

Premier Inn, Ipswich

Project: Premier Inn Ipswich Type: Hotel Customer: ISG Ipswich Client: Premier Inns Completion Date: October 2012 Project Background Kingspan Timber Solution has worked with ISG on a number of challenging contracts. We were asked to consider a timber frame construction... View Article

Hanham Hall, Barratts, Bristol

Project: Hanham Hall –Bristol Type: New houses System: Kingspan TEK® Customer: Barratts Consultant: Arup Client: HTA Design Completion Date: November 2014 Project Background Hanham Hall is the first site in the government’s Carbon Challenge initiative –designed to test the Code... View Article

Potton Self-builders

Below are a number of mini case studies from previous clients: please note that costs and valuations shown were correct at the time of build, which may be some years ago in a number of cases: Maggie and Roger Smith... View Article

NAPIT provides further support to Cowboy Builders series

Following on from the successful appearance of NAPIT in Swindon earlier this year, the producers of the Channel Five programme, Cowboy Builders, approached NAPIT for expert advice during production of an episode based in Great Yarmouth. The featured family’s recently... View Article

Interim report shows zero carbon Solar House success

The UK’s first fully solar-powered new build home is performing above expectations, according to an interim report into the effectiveness of its energy system. Reviewing energy flows within Caplin Homes’ Solar House in Leicestershire, the paper suggests that the building... View Article

Consent granted for 850 new homes in Bradwell

Planners have given the green light to 850 new homes at Bradwell, on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth. Persimmon Homes aims to start work on the site, on Beccles Road, early in September, following approval by the Great Yarmouth Borough... View Article

George Clarke’s More Amazing Spaces

Including projects from Series 2 and 3, George Clarke’s More Amazing Spaces showcases more of George Clarke’s extraordinary small builds from all over the country. He shows how amazingly unexpected small spaces can be adapted into really workable living areas.... View Article

Stylish quality for Orion Homes

Orion Homes chooses stylish Regency guttering for its developments; not only for its smart looks, but also for its quality and ease of installation, thanks to the patented Hunter Surefit fixing system. Installers from quality housebuilder Orion Homes have fitted... View Article

From manor house to floating home of the future

Selfbuilder & Homemaker meets Tony and Nicky Maude who swapped their listed manor house for an ultra modern home that’s the model of minimal living. Tony and Nicky Maude lived in a listed manor house but dreamed of building a... View Article
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