IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest News’: AJ on a UK ‘radical self-build experiment’

logoIHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and this week features  the AJ on a UK ‘radical self-build experiment’.

… A white mansion with imposing pillars stands grandly next to a row of brick terraces…

The AJ writes:

Inside Graven Hill, the UK’s radical self-build experiment

A council in Oxfordshire set out to challenge mediocre mass housing by creating a self-build haven. But is it losing its way?….

A white mansion with imposing pillars stands grandly next to a row of brick terraces. Nearby there is a Poundbury-style traditional cottage, a black house and a smattering of modern chalets with big glass windows….

On any other new housing development, such an architectural jumble would be discouraged, if not prohibited. But Graven Hill in Oxfordshire – the UK’s largest self and custom build site – is a giant petri dish for design. It’s an audacious bid by Cherwell District Council to turn an ex-army base near Bicester into a community of 1,900 homes….

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