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Self-build design contest launched

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An open ideas competition has been launched to design 20 ‘cost effective, green and beautiful’ self-build homes on a 2,000m² urban site

Organised by the National Custom & Self-Build Association, the ‘Self Build in the City’ contest is judged by Kevin McCloud and features a £5,000 prize fund.

According to the brief: ‘Self Build in the City is a unique ideas competition - open to anyone - to design an innovative complex of ‘self build friendly’ homes on a typical urban site.

‘The competition is being run to prove that it is possible to build low cost homes in the City, and that they can also be a very attractive and sustainable too.’

Each home must be capable of being constructed for less than £75,000. The budget includes professional fees, insurance and warranties but excludes land costs.

The ideas competition is open to everyone and there is no commitment to build the winning scheme.

The deadline for submissions is 19 September.

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