National Self Build & Renovation Centre to open all weekend

Published:  11 March, 2013

As of this month, the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) will be extending its opening hours to cover the whole weekend – in addition to the four days during the week.

Founded in 2007, the NSBRC’s easily accessible Swindon centre is the only one of its kind in Europe, representing the UK’s only permanent visitor centre for anyone taking on a property project – be it a home improvement, renovation, conversion, or self-build.

The 67,000sqft space is free to enter and has a technical help desk manned by experienced industry professionals, as well as numerous educational displays and exhibits.

David Murphy, general manager of NSBRC, explained the change: “We have changed our opening hours in direct response to the wishes of our visitors. Since the Government launched their campaign to get Britain building, we have seen an increase in people looking to build their own dream home.

“While many visitors might get their initial inspiration and starting guidelines from the big one-off shows and events, including our National Self Build and Renovation Show in April, other questions and issues often arise during the build. Some people might also not be directly project managing their build due to other daytime commitments and it is especially this group who will benefit from weekend openings as it means that they do not have to take time off to search for solutions.”

Visitors to the centre are immediately struck by the Potton Show Home, a full-size timber-framed building proving exactly how luxurious a self-build can be.

Renovators can head off to the Renovation House to take the audio tour, guiding the visitor through every stage of a renovation project. Self-builders can head to the Education Journey to take the Self Build audio tour, starting at services and site set, right through to the finishes you can choose for a home.

In addition, the Design Centre holds hundreds of house design ideas backed up by the Trade Village exhibitor area, where visitors will find hundreds of products and services on display.

There is also an on-site bookshop and café for visitors to have a browse and rest their feet.

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