Initiated in 1976, the Walter Segal Self-build Housing Project in Lewisham, London gave the opportunity to low-income households to build and own their own home. The basis of the Walter Segal self-build construction method is the use of lightweight construction techniques, using simple timber frames and widely available building materials. The 27 families in the project worked with Segal trained architects to design their own homes and went to evening classes for training in basic building methods. Construction costs were reduced significantly and the homes were made further affordable through the use of a shared ownership financial mechanism. Since these houses in Lewisham were completed in 1981, many other such homes have been built throughout the UK.


NGO, local community, local government