About Build

About Build!

Build!, an award winning initiative by Cherwell District Council was created in 2012 to look at alternative ways to deliver affordable homes for local people.

To date Build! has provided over 260 homes across the District and more homes are in the pipeline.

Our properties are available to rent through the Council’s Choice Based Lettings scheme for people who are on the housing register.

People wishing to buy are able to, through the government’s shared ownership scheme, subject to eligibility.

The initiative has used a range of construction methods to achieve cost effective developments, often on sites that are complex or of little interest to commercial developers.  

The team has also converted a number of empty town centre properties including listed buildings. Build!'s ground breaking work involving a number of self-build developments led to the Council purchasing a former MOD site and setting up a wholly owned company in Graven Hill, Bicester, now currently Europe’s largest self-build development.