The House that Kevin Built 2012 The Brighton Waste House

Funding for Brighton's Waste House

Funding so far for the House that Kevin Built
The sketch above emboldens the elements we can currently provide through funding and support. Greyed out areas are the plans for the complete House that Kevin Built development.


Brighton and Hove City Council has granted planning permission for the University of Brighton to rebuild The House That Kevin Built, a house of the future that captivated millions of TV viewers who watched its construction.

The house was erected in London's Docklands live on Thames TV in six days in 2008 for Channel 4's Grand Designs Live and was heralded as the UK's first low-energy prefabricated house made from eco-friendly materials.

The house was later dismantled but the concept is being reborn in the courtyard of the university's College of Arts and Humanities in Grand Parade, Brighton.

Kevin McCloud, the British designer who presented the TV programme, is backing the idea along with Brighton & Hove City Council and the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the construction industry's research and consultancy organization.

He said: "I'm very pleased that the University of Brighton is committed to exploring new low-carbon methods of building. It's exciting to think that the campus could have its own practical demonstration building and I'm delighted to be connected to the university through this innovative piece of construction."

The house was designed by architect Duncan Baker-Brown, a University of Brighton graduate, senior lecturer in architecture at the university's College of Arts and Humanities and also a director of BBM Sustainable Design. Duncan is working with the university's Development and Alumni office to find the supporters who are needed to help raise £300,000 required to build the house.

The university's development manager, Andrew Scanlan, is managing the fundraising effort. The university plan to approach construction companies, DIY businesses, environment groups, energy firms and individuals to join with us in this project with donations. All donations to the university are eligible for both Gift Aid and the government's matched funding scheme; for every £2 we receive in philanthropic donations we can claim an additional £1 from the government. With both gift aid and matched funding, every pound we receive is worth nearly twice as much to the university, at no extra cost to our supporters.

If you would like to make a donation to the project please click on the Donate Now button above. This will take you to the university’s secure JustGiving site. Please could you mention The House That Kevin Built in the comments box when you make the donation to ensure that we direct it to this project.

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