National Self Build & Renovation Centre - The Big Dog Art Trail


Harvey Fremlin, Managing Director of NSBRC, said: “We are so pleased to be part of The Big Dog Art Trail! We believe in helping people live in better and more sustainable homes and we’ll be using our Swindog to help spread awareness of practical and affordable options to reduce energy bills for residents of Swindon.

“We particularly love the idea that families and friends will meet together, and get out and about, to find the different Swindogs around our community. The fact that our sponsorship helps support Julia’s House, and the astonishing work they do for local children and their families, is the icing on the cake for us! We’re super-excited to meet our Swindog and we hope they help spread a little bit of happiness.”


The National Self Build & Renovation Centre is the UK’S only permanent venue for independent homebuilding advice and support. Established in 2007, and owned by its employees, it has helped a quarter of a million visitors build their own dream home or extend and improve their existing property. In 2023, the award-winning business is focusing on sustainability and will be holding a number of special events, workshops as well as providing free resources to help people live in better homes.

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) remains the UK’s only permanent visitor centre designed specifically to meet the needs of individual self-builders, renovators and home improvers.  Originally conceived by BuildStore (who remain a founding exhibitor in the NSBRC), since 2014 it has been owned and operated by ‘The Homebuilding Centre Limited’, an employee-owned business.

In 2017, NSBRC was named Wiltshire’s ‘Small Business of the Year’ and in the same year, it won a Build It Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Self Build’. To complete a hat trick of awards, in 2017 they were highly commended by the Employee Ownership Association in their ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category, having also been highly commended in the same category in 2015.  They also received the Employee Ownership Association’s award for ‘Business Resilience’, recognising achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic, having been voted as the winner from a short list of thirteen companies NSBRC



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