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March Trade Village Newsletter

Our Trade Village is home to over 200 permanent exhibitors, chosen for their respected and relevant offering and their knowledge and understanding of the self build and renovation community. 

Read on for this month's news and highlights from the Trade Village...

Eleven Consulting Group: Top Tips to Obtain Planning Permission

With a track record of achieving the most challenging of planning permissions, Studio 11 Architecture have compiled their top tips to help you obtain planning permission for your dream self-build home in the open countryside.

  1. Do your research. Choose an Architectural Practice with experience to design your home.
  2. Know your budget and be prepared to invest in great architecture. To gain planning permission, it’s highly likely the design will need to be of outstanding architectural quality.
  3. Be prepared to compromise and negotiate with the Local Council and Planning Officers to come up with solutions to suit both parties.
  4. Be patient. Pushing the boundaries of planning policy takes time.
  5. Be prepared to invest in sustainability and ecology. Studio 11 Architecture have been pioneering zero carbon homes for over a decade. With a passion for distinctive architecture, we firmly believe that every home should be designed with sustainability as a priority.

Find out more here.

Find Eleven Consulting Group at Stand 172 in the Trade Village. 

Try Catnic’s FREE online pricing tool for your new roof

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Catnic’s FREE pricing tool allows customers to select the roof type from a range of options that cover the most common roof designs, then enter the details and dimensions, including the number of roof windows and penetrations such as chimneys etc, whilst also allowing customers to select from a range of 8 colours.

Once the project requirements have been submitted, customers will receive an accurate detailed estimate giving them confidence in the information and price they have been quoted.

The Urban estimating tool is available here: Free estimate | Catnic. To find out more about Catnic® Urban please click the button below.

Further information can be found here.

Find Catnic® Urban on Stand 76 in the Trade Village & in the Roof Zone.

Open Days at Northcot Brick Ltd

Open days are to become a regular occurrence at Cotswold Brickmakers Northcot Brick Ltd.

With an architectural open day planned for April 2023 now at full capacity, plans to hold another open day in the Autumn are now underway.
If you are embarking on a self build or home improvement journey, please register your interest to attend our next open day by emailing with the subject ‘Open Day’.
Find out more here.

Find Northcot Brick on Stand 62a in the Trade Village & in the Brick Library.

Halcyan Water Conditioners
Unsung Heroes: Energy Saving Products & Advisors

"I’m an advocate of products which can help households to reduce their bills and save energy. After all, that’s what Halcyan is all about!

I have collated a few products we have discovered in recent years which may be of interest if you want to reduce your energy consumption, cut your carbon footprint and save money. They have been selected because they are affordable, easy to install and eco-friendly and many of these products are from small UK suppliers, who we are keen to support.

Please note that we are not endorsing these products, but we think they’re certainly worth investigating. We believe that ‘every little counts’ so if they save you any energy or money, then we think that’s a step in the right direction."

Sam Mant, CEO, Halcyan Water Conditioners.

Read about Halycan's 'unsung heroes' here

Find Halycan Water Conditioners at Stand 180 in the Trade Village

Thermosphere: Leading the charge for electric heating

The race to reducing our carbon emissions is on and that means we need to change how we heat our homes.

ThermoSphere is a British-based manufacturer and we’ve been designing electric heating systems since 1998. By combining our expertise in electric heating and drive for technological innovation, we deliver a range of smart, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly electric heating systems which help homeowners enhance living spaces that are naturally better by design and don’t cost the Earth.

From floor heating for all floor finish types to water heating systems that reduce energy and water waste. We’ll help you specify, install, and use the right electric heating system to match your vision.

Alternatively, please visit our website or call 0800 019 5899 to discuss your project requirements.

Further information here.

Find ThermoSphere at Stands 3 & 114 in the Trade Village.

Velfac: Is it the end of double glazed windows?

The Government has set challenging new performance standards for windows installed in new build properties.

As a result, self-builders are already starting to specify triple glazing for their homes, a trend which will accelerate as we get closer to the 2025 deadline, when the Future Home Standard will be launched.

Does it mean this will be the end of double glazing? Read the interview to Ollie Chisman, Director of the Domestic project team at VELFAC windows.

Read the interview here.

Find Velfac at Stand 203 in the Trade Village.

Check out The Bamboo Flooring Company's new & improved website!

You’ll find the same amazing bamboo floors and accessories, but on a faster, slicker and mobile friendly website.  

New, clearer images of our floors give you a better insight into beauty of bamboo and will help you visualise it in your own home. The new website streamlines your browsing process and will hopefully ensure you have an enjoyable experience when looking for a new floor! 

Find The Bamboo Flooring Company at Stand 80 in the Trade Village & inside the Renovation House.

See the new site here.

Latest articles

NSBRC | Foothills under 14s football team trophies

The NSBRC backs local youth football team for success!

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the U14s Foothills football team for the 2024/25 season. The team are part of the Wims11 Football Academy, based in Swindon.

NSBRC | The Festival of Sustainable Homes

The Festival of Sustainable Homes Review - May 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first ever Festival of Sustainable Homes. We hope you enjoyed this new event as much as we enjoyed hosting it!

This year we gave an exciting new look and feel to the Spring/Summer edition of our National Self Build & Renovation Show, shining a spotlight on Sustainability as a topic we’re passionate about, and an ever-increasing consideration for our visitors. The two-day festival combined the spirit of a vibrant, family-friendly event, highlighting how we can all live more sustainably in our homes and communities - with all the invaluable self build and renovation resources which are always at the heart of our shows.

May Trade Village Newsletter 2024

Our Trade Village is home to over 200 permanent exhibitors, chosen for their respected, relevant offerings and their knowledge of the self build and renovation community.

Many will be attending our highly anticipated Festival of Sustainable Homes in just under a week. This brand new event serves as a platform for sharing innovative ideas and sustainable solutions for all homebuilding projects. It's an exciting opportunity for attendees to gather insights, discover new trends, and share plans with industry professionals.

Read on for this month's news and highlights from the Trade Village...


The National Self Build & Renovation Show - Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October

Create your perfect home at The National Self Build & Renovation Show! Join us for two days of an unrivalled line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice, this is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of self building or renovating their home.

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