London mayor announces £8m building pot
The London mayor has called on residents to bid for part of a £8 million pot to build their own homes in the capital.
Boris Johnson has combined £5 million he received from the government’s £30 million fund to promote self-build and £3 million from the £20.5 million community right to build cash for his scheme.
Mr Johnson has gathered together a team of architects and designers to help successful applicants refine their ideas in an effort to bring them up to design and architectural excellence.
Through the Build your own home – the London way scheme, the London mayor is looking for applications that can also deliver jobs, training and other employment opportunities in the capital.
Mr Johnson said: ‘From grand Georgian squares to the Brutalist developments of modernity, London’s unique architecture has played a key role in making this city a fantastic place to live, work and invest in.
‘As we seek to establish a new vernacular for our capital in the 21st century, this project will put Londoners themselves right at the heart of the creative process.
‘Whether it’s new self-build homes or a much needed community facility, we want to see really innovative ideas coming forward. With the help of the top industry experts we have on board, there’s never been a better opportunity to help shape the neighbourhood in which you live.’
The experts involved include Ben Derbyshire, managing director of awarding winning architects HTA; Peter Murray, architect and chairman of New London Architecture; David Birkbeck, chief executive Design for Homes and Tamsie Thomson, director at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The government’s £30 million self-build investment, first announced by the government in November last year, is to encourage people to build their own homes, and in May housing minister Grant Shapps announced the money would be directed towards groups building homes at the same time.
The £17 million for the community right to build scheme, announced in May, will allow communities to approve local development without the need to go through the normal application process to help start building projects. This could include homes, community centres and children’s playgrounds.