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Self-Build Project Management

Self-Build Project Management

About the Course

If you’re thinking of building your own home, community space or other self-build structure, it pays to be prepared. Find out how to create a project plan for your build, which key elements you should include, when key tasks should happen and how long they are likely to take. You’ll also learn key dependencies between tasks so you can establish a critical path and calculate the total time for your build.

Topics covered include:

• How to create a project plan
• How to create a budget plan
• How to estimate costs and get quotes for some key items
• Health and safety requirements
• UK planning and approval processes
• Building regulations and control inspections
• Site management

The whole course will be wrapped within the ethos of sustainable and ethical building principles and we’ll make sure you know where to get help if you need it.

Tutor Profile

Geoff Stow built his own home on a self build scheme in London many years ago, and went on to site-manage other self build schemes in London and Brighton. He runs training courses and offers advice for self builders through his consultancy BIY.

He was worked as development worker for the Walter Segal Self Build Trust, and was a committee member of The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB).


Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living.

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What's included in the price?

Tuition, all materials and full board shared accommodation at CAT. Single accommodation is available for an additional £20 pppn.


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