Squirrel Wood, Basingstoke

Increasing the number of self-built homes in the UK

This HCA 122-unit pilot scheme aims to increase the number of self-built homes currently in the UK by offering to smaller developers a test bed where design, financial viability and build-ability can be brought together on a single site.


We worked with ZeroC and a local timber frame manufacturer to generate conceptual designs and delivery methodologies for a variety of self-build housing types. ZeroC offered flexible involvement for the delivery and construction of the house structure to the residents which could then be finished by the buyer. Options range from vacant serviced plots to completed homes where prospective residents can invest varying amounts of labour and finance into delivering their home.

This strategy ensures a high degree of end-user control, both in design and financial terms. On site in 2018, Nash Partnership had the role of architectural and planning lead consultant. We worked closely with the planning department and developer to propose a range of house plans and elevations that a buyer could choose from. Individual choice within an overall streetscape will give this development its unique approach to custom build and character.