03 Apr 2018

Challenge Fund awards £160,000 Scottish Self- and Custom Build finance

Challenge Fund awards £160,000 Scottish Self- and Custom Build finance

Seven local projects are to share the £160,000 Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund to bring forward Self- and Custom Build housing initiatives in Scotland.

The Challenge Fund is supporting the pilot projects that will examine the feasibility of creating more Self- and Custom Built homes across Scotland.

Focusing on innovation, the seven main projects will consider how the delivery of homes through custom build projects can be expanded to grow the sector.

As part of this, it will investigate the provision of information and support to those leading their own self and custom builds, and also explore how more plots can be made available.

Scotland’s Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Self- and Custom Build properties are an innovative alternative in housing and I am delighted we have been able to fund these projects – going above and beyond our original aims.

“As the successful projects show, Self- and Custom Build can provide new ways to deliver affordable housing, ensure homes are tailored to individual needs, and regenerate previously disused sites to breathe new life into communities – particularly in remote and rural areas.

“Support for Self- and Custom Build is just one step we are taking to boost the availability of housing, and ensuring that it meets the needs of people and communities across Scotland.”

The Self- and Custom Build Challenge Fund

Applications to the fund opened in December 2017, with the original limit set at £90,000, to which a further £70,000 has been made available as a result of the number and strength of applications.

The fund was established to support projects that deliver innovative housing models that contribute to increasing housing supply through Self- and Custom Build.

The successful projects include:

Project Organisation Funding

Former Primary School site, Lochgilphead

Creation of a brochure of house types that would comply with the simplified planning zone (SPZ) scheme and promotional marketing campaign involving a video and community engagement.

Argyll & Bute Council £16,225

Perth West

Produce a development strategy to look at the feasibility and funding options to offer affordable self/ custom build home plots.

Fergus Purdie Architects, with Perth & Kinross Council £12,750


Planning and delivery of sites and a marketing strategy to support self and custom built homes.

Highland Small Communities Housing Trust £30,000


Guidance on self and custom build planning and delivery.

Assemble Collective Self Build CIC £14,800

Dundashill, Glasgow

Creation of marketing strategy for custom build development and engagement with off-site manufacturing sector to consider opportunities for on-site custom build.

Scottish Canals and Igloo Regeneration £24,845

Perth West housing allocation

Research to explore how custom build can be improved for wider use.

Ristol Consulting £22,000


Establish a delivery model to facilitate custom build at scale, with emphasis on low carbon homes.

University of Edinburgh and Boydell Architecture £26,080

Find out more about the picture of Custom Build in Scotland here.

Picture credit: RonnyK/Pixabay

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