Kevin’s got Grand Designs on Bicester!

Kevin MCloud has Grand Designs on Graven Hill
Kevin MCloud has Grand Designs on Graven Hill
  • At least one local family will take part
  • Described as a ‘self build revolution
  • Former MOD site bought by council last year

A patch of land in Bicester is set to become a household name to millions of television viewers, thanks a grand design of an idea by Channel 4.

The grassy site at Graven Hill will form the foundation of a pioneering house-building series presented by Kevin McCloud.

With a working title of My Grand Design, the show will follow the progress of ​10​ people building their own homes.

And at least one local family may be the lucky ones chosen to star in the programme and to build the house of their dreams.

The self-builders have yet to be selected but bosses at production company Boundless have already hinted they are looking for “ambitious architecture” that can be built at a budget price.

Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood is delighted the show will bring the town national fame.

Artists impression of Graven Hill Development

Artists impression of Graven Hill Development

He said: “This development will not just be historic for Bicester, but also in the world of self-build where it will be recognised as the largest scheme ever to be delivered in the UK.

“Kevin McCloud has become a household name for his championing of self-build and​ ​we are delighted to welcome him to Graven Hill to document the delivery of the first ​10​ homes.”

The 187 hectare former Ministry of Defence site was purchased by the council last year and will eventually accomodate 1,900 homes. Many will be self build and plot spaces go on sale later this year. There will also be commerical units, a primary school and a pub, all creating up to 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.

Kevin McCloud, whose Grand Designs show is already a Channel 4 hit, described the new Graven Hill programme as “a self-build revolution.”

It’s a self build revolution

Kevin MCloud

He said: “It will make the the custom-designed home accessible to everyone. Individual households and self-build groups will be working alongside each ot​h​er, constructing the homes with the help of contractors and experts and building a new community as they do so.

“It’s absolutely right that Grand Designs is there to witness this process - and be part of it too.”

Boundless MD Patrick Holland said: “The Cherwell project is both ground-breaking and hugely exciting. A whole street of home designers and self-builders will work to create their own Grand Designs side by side, all on relatively modest budgets.

“We’ll chart the stories from inital plans through to moving day, with ​10​ unique households on one British street.”

To be considered for the show email your details to