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The National Self Build & Renovation Centre

Talk to Potton for your self build project and take advantage of almost 60 years of expertise.

We’ve been helping self builders realise their dream homes since 1964 and we offer a full range of services to help you through the self build process. Take a look round The Potton House, built to our Ruskin Arts and Crafts design which you will immediately see as you enter the NSBRC – it’s just one example of timeless style and what can be achieved when you work with us.

Whether you’re a seasoned self-builder or a complete novice, Potton can help. We offer a free plot appraisal for potential clients and – through our custom build division – we have plots for sale with outline and detailed planning permission. Our architects will work with you to create final drawings, we can advise on planning regulations in your area and help with your planning application.

Our build systems – both timber frame and SIPs products – are built to precision in a controlled factory environment to help meet and exceed Building Regulation requirements, as well as fulfilling your dreams.

Architectural design and planning

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Book an appointment with one of our architectural design team and bring your ideas to life. See the layout, elevation, and features you’ve dreamed of transformed into architectural drawings for your home. Our knowledge of planning requirements, in terms of the local vernacular and what is, or isn’t acceptable to planners, could prove invaluable to you in achieving a successful outcome and could help your budget and time.

Design inspiration

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Our case studies show just what can be achieved when you work with Potton. They’re a testament to the vision of our clients and encompass a huge variety of styles, layouts, features, and materials. Use them as a starting point for your own ideas, or to see how images in your imagination can be brought to life.

In addition to our NSBRC showhouse, our show centre in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, includes five fully furnished show homes in different styles and materials – including an example of a passivhaus – so you can see up close what works and why, as well as just what you could create in your self-build.

Learning at Potton’s Self Build Academy


We host a regular programme of free workshops and courses for self builders, both at the NSBRC and within our Self Build Academy in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

Check out our workshop calendar of upcoming events, including:

  • Ask a self build expert
  • Introduction to self build
  • Finding a self build plot
  • Designing your self build home
  • Planning approved – taking the next steps
  • Self building an energy efficient home
  • Managing your self build

Request Information from this Exhibitor

During a visit to the NSBRC visitors have the opportunity to request information from our exhibitors using our unique barcode system. We have now gone one step further allowing you to use this unique system online!

All you need to do is provide a few details by completing the short form below and we’ll pass your enquiry directly to our exhibiting partners, who will be in contact within 7-10 working days.

This is a simple 2-step process:

  1. Provide your details by completing the short form below.
  2. Click the ‘submit’ button and let us do the rest.

(By clicking the submit button you are allowing us to pass on your details to the exhibitor you have specifically requested information from)

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