Self-build specialist Potton is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Self Build Show Centre, located in St Neots in Cambridgeshire.
The centre was opened in 1992, when building your own home was still a relatively new concept. It was created to help introduce self-building to the British public, giving visitors the opportunity to see, feel and experience how a home built by themselves could look.
The show centre has expanded and increased its show home offering from three to five. These show homes offer a visual representation of what can be achieved as well as helping visitors understand what self-build means and how it works.
Originally just manufacturing timber frame kit homes, Potton has now evolved into a multi-faceted business that offers a diverse package of services and products to self-builders.
The Self Build Show Centre is now also home to Potton’s Self Build Academy, which sees the company run over 14 different courses and events to guide self-builders through every stage of building a home.
Mark Stevenson, Potton’s managing director commented on the anniversary:
“The Self Build Show Centre has been the jewel in the self-build crown for the past 25 years and we are exceptionally proud that Potton’s founder Peter Hutchinson had the vision and belief to create it.”
“Over the years the centre has seen many changes and additions and has shaped trends and innovations within the self-build sector. With the introduction of the Right to Build Act in 2016 and the growing interest in custom-build, the show centre is more popular than ever.”
Potton are currently working on improving the centre further, as Mark explained:
“We are constantly rejuvenating the show centre, making it relevant and inspirational for today’s self-builder and have implemented an ongoing programme of refurbishment and renewal. Following last year’s successful remodelling of The Gransden and the construction of The Elsworth show home – a contemporary home built to Passivhaus standards – we are now embarking on our next major investment on the site, the renovation of one of our original homes, The Milchester.”
Looking to the future, Mark concluded:
“The continued success and ongoing popularity of the Self Build Show Centre demonstrates that Potton is still at the forefront of self-building in the UK and we are dedicated to forging ahead with Peter’s pioneering ambitions to inspire a whole new generation of self-builders. We’re ready for and looking forward to the next 25 years!”
With self-build completions now estimated at around 12,000 per year, the Self Build Show Centre has played a significant role in the self-build revolution. It is recognised as a key education hub for aspiring self-builders and is a must-see for anyone thinking about building their own home.
The Self Build Show Centre is open Tuesday – Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm (last admission at 3.30pm).