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#1 TheMitchells


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 02:25 PM

For any one interested; the Graven Hill site in Bicester, Oxfordshire should be up and running at end of 2015-16. But if you want to get in early, have a read of this. Copied from the Cherwell website. Just don't take the plot that I want!!

Channel 4 Features has commissioned a pioneering six-part series, produced by Boundless and presented by Kevin McCloud.
Working in close collaboration with Cherwell District Council to secure access to the country's biggest mass self-build site, located in Bicester, Oxfordshire, "My Grand Design (w/t)" will offer ten households the chance to purchase a plot, design and build their own homes at the dedicated site.

Kevin will launch a nationwide search for the ten households who want to create their own unique homes and become part of this new community. He'll be highlighting how big ideas about architecture and design can be achieved on a budget. He'll be looking for people with a creative ambitious approach to building that will show how high quality homes can be built without breaking the bank.
All ten homes will be built next to each other and become part of a fledgling new community. The aim of this project is to reduce the barriers to self-build, enabling people to create their own inspirational home on their own budget. Alongside access to land, self-builders will get access to additional help and advice to make it easier to get their ideas off the ground.

The series will hope to reveal what kind of homes the great British public would choose to live in if they were given the chance to design and build them, instead of leaving it in the hands of developers.

Kevin McCloud said: 'For decades, self-build in Britain has been the preserve of the relatively wealthy and empowered. What's happening at Cherwell is something else: a self-build revolution that'll make the custom-designed home accessible to everyone. Individual households and self-build groups will be working alongside each other, constructing their homes with the help of contractors and experts and building a new community as they do so. It's absolutely right that Grand Designs is there to witness this process - and be part of it too. We can become a nation of Grand Designers; great, sustainable architecture can be the preserve of everyone.'

MD of Boundless, Patrick Holland comments on the new series: 'The Cherwell project is both ground-breaking and hugely exciting. A whole street of home designers and self-builders will work to create their own Grand Designs side by side, all on relatively modest budgets. Kevin McCloud helped create this design revolution so we are delighted to be able to follow these stories with him. We'll chart the stories from initial plans through to moving-in day, with ten unique households on one British street'