Built on former Ministry of Defence land in Bicester, Oxfordshire, Graven Hill is the biggest self-build project the UK has ever seen. It’s one of the country’s most innovative self and custom build villages, and the 188-hectare site will see up to 1,900 homes built over the next decade with the aim of creating a unique community, where homes can be designed to accommodate individuals’ lifestyles. As well as homes, there are plans for commercial units, a pub, and a primary school. The recent Channel 4 TV series, Grand Designs: TheStreet, revealed the stories behind the first 10 self-builders of the project as they navigated the highs and lows of designing and constructing the home of their dreams. The ‘pioneers’ were from all walks of life, ranging from those escaping the renting cycle of London and those who long to build an environmentally friendly home, to first-time buyers and downsizers. Each self-builder faced individual challenges along the way, but they all shared the same desire to create the home they have always dreamt of. For more information about development and the opportunities on offer, visit www.gravenhill.co.uk.