The National Self Build & Renovation Centre reopens doors

Initially, visits to the Swindon exhibition site next to the M4 will be by appointment only.


The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) is reopening its doors today - June 17th - following a period of shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Swindon-based NSBRC had welcomed almost 5,000 visitors in 2020, but has been closed since late March, following government instructions to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Special measures have been put in place to ensure the UK’s permanent home building visitor centre is ‘Covid-19 Secure’, including implementing social distancing, additional cleaning routines and temporarily closing their coffee shop to ensure visitors enjoy a safe visit.

The team of employee-owners, who have run the business since 2014, have been busy during lockdown, offering a plethora of online content including educational courses, live workshops, surgeries and guided tours.

NSBRC managing director Harvey Fremlin says: "People have typically had more time on their hands during the lockdown period.”

"We have used this time to engage with almost eleven hundred people, who have enjoyed researching and progressing their home building or renovation plans while at home.”

"Now restrictions are easing, we are excited about welcoming visitors back to the NSBRC.”

"People have been telling us that, whilst they’ve enjoyed our online content, they have missed not being able to see and try out products and technologies first hand.”

"We are very aware that this has been a difficult time, for many people.

"We respect the personal sacrifices everyone has been making to fight off this horrible virus, and have worked hard to make sure our visitors, as well as the centre’s team and our exhibitors, are safe and protected during their time in the NSBRC.

"We are asking anyone who has travelled abroad in the last 14 days, or are displaying any of the coronavirus symptoms, to delay their visits – and importantly anyone wanting to visit us must book in advance via our website so we can monitor our numbers."

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre will be open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm and will remain open, four days a week, until it’s summer event, The National Self Build & Renovation Show, which takes place over the weekend of July 25 and 26.

All visits must be booked in advance via


Peter Davison
Business Biscuit