Potton Self Build Academy

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Self Build Academy by Potton

2016 Courses

The Potton Self Build Academy, in association with Build It magazine, offers a wealth of information and inspiration-packed events to help you achieve your self build dream. No matter what your current self build status, Potton has a seminar or workshop to suit your requirements. For full details and to book your place visit the Self Build Academy website

Potton self build academyCOURSE 1 - AN INTRODUCTION TO SELF BUILD

Upcoming dates:
22nd July
19th August
16th September
28th October
18th November

If you are considering self build for the first time or still searching for a plot, then this seminar provides an essential introduction to the process, covering key topics including Finding Land, Designing Your Home, Getting Planning Permission and How to Build.

This seminar will provide you with all the information you need to start your self build journey. The day also includes a chance to browse our show homes and an optional tour of our factory at Great Gransden.

Free of Charge >


make the most of your building plotCOURSE 2 - MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PLOT

Upcoming dates:
15th July
21st October


This seminar is ideal if you have identified a building plot. You'll meet a team of experts who can advise on whether it is suitable to build on, suggest how we can tailor designs for the plot, explain how to navigate through the planning process, and provide advice on energy efficient construction methods and details on project costing. 

This workshop is aimed at those who either own or have identified a potential plot and is intended to provide you with more detialed information on key topics so that you are better equipped to move to the next stage of your project.

We use small groups to encourage interation and ensure attendees gain the maximum benefit from this workshop.

Free of Charge >


how to start your self buildCOURSE 3 - HOW TO PLAN & START YOUR BUILD

Upcoming dates:
29th July

14th October

This seminar provides expert guidance on how to get your build off to a positive start. Our experts will talk you through the build options, why you should opt for timber frame construction, how to manage the construction process and explain the information that needs to be available before you can get started.

Learning Outcomes:

- Successfully Managing the Early Stages
- Planning & Programming
- Budgeting & Finance
- Obtaining Competitive Quotes
- Employing Sub-Contractors
- Regulations & Permissions
- Popular Build Systems

Course Cost: £75.00 >  Add an extra place for just £25 (£100 per couple)
Free for Potton customers; Special rate of £50 per couple for Build It magazine subscribers



Upcoming dates:
26th August
11th November


This workshop provides practical guidance about how to plan, manage and control the build process. We will explain the various roles and responsibilities during construction, managing the site, health and safety, communication and how to deal with challenges and problems that are likely to be experienced. Cost and Quality Control will be covered in some depth.

Learning Outcomes:

- Site Planning & Preparation
- Site Safety
- Employing & Managing Sub-Contractors
- The Trades You Need
- Build Sequence
- Cost Control & Keeping Track
- Completion (including snagging & reclaiming VAT)

Course Cost: £75.00 > Add an extra place for just £25 (£100 per couple)
Free for Potton customers; Special rate of £50 per couple for Build It magazine subscribers



The Self Build Academy isn't just about seminars. Special 'pop-up' events allow you to come and visit a real-life build during the construction phase and ask any questions you may have about the process of building a home.

Find out more & register to be informed of upcoming sites!

Also from Potton...

Whether you're already a customer or simply considering a self build, why not pop along to one of Potton's other events, from networking days to partner events?