12 May 2012
Kevin McCloud has been appointed by the self-build industry to support the national surge of interest for designing and building your own home.
McCloud, presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs has been praised as the obvious choice to help aspiring self-builders achieve their dreams.
Champion picked by industry
Appointed by The National Self Build Association (NaSBA)on behalf of industry, McCloud will help raisepublic awareness of the benefits of self/custom building a home; he will also help the self-build industry promote the services available to those looking to build for the first time.
Visit to successful Dutch self build project
To mark the start of his new role, McCloud will accompany the Housing Minister Grant Shapps as he leads a UK trade delegation to Almere, near Amsterdam, on 14 May, to see what lessons can be learnt from the highly successful Dutch self-build industry.
Shapps, said: “I am delighted Kevin McCloud has agreed to represent the industry – championing the cause of existing and aspiring self-builders across the country, and raising the issues and concerns that matter most to them.”
NaSBA Chairman, Ted Stevens, said: “Kevin is a fantastic ambassador for the self build sector, and we’re delighted he has agreed to become our champion. He has a real enthusiasm to see new types of self build happen in the UK – and I know he shares our interest in the innovative developments that are taking place in Continental Europe – particularly in the Netherlands and Germany. There are many lessons to be learnt from here that could have a huge impact if we applied some of them in the UK”.