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Architect chosen for McCloud's custom build vision

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Mark Hines is the first practice to be appointed to work on Hab Housing’s custom build homes

Hines has been brought onboard to work up six standard design types for the high-profile scheme launched by Kevin McCloud’s Hab Housing earlier this year to help people create and personalise their own homes.

‘It’s a really good idea,’ said Hines.  ‘A lot of self builders are individuals, they don’t buy land in packs, and this collective idea to administer it is a really helpful.’

‘We’re not starting from scratch, a lot of groundwork and background research has been done.’

The programme will feature five entry points for the customer to buy at, from a ground floor slab with services to shell and core to a complete home.

Hines added more information about the designs would be announced in November.

Hab Housing hopes to build 1,000 homes a year from 2018 and has so far raised £1.4 million from crowd funding.

The company wants to make custom-building a mainstream practice in the UK, and use the government’s £30 million loan scheme to kick-start community-based custom build schemes.

Hab Housing is aiming to raise £1.5 million of core funding, and has so far received just under £1.4 million with investment ranging from £100 to £150,000.

The company completed its first project, a 42-home Glenn Howells Architects-designed Triangle development in Swindon, two years ago.

A second scheme, developed as part of a joint venture with housing group Green Square, is also set to launch in Gloucestershire this weekend with a show home opening. The Applewood scheme in Stroud includes 78 new homes.

The joint venture, Hab Oakus, also has schemes in developemnt in Oxford and Chippenham.









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