Infrastructure for communities who want to build

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Built InCommon uses new technology to build networks  of small, neighbourhood-owned factories. Facilitating  local fabrication of homes, knowledge exchange,  and the ability to share capacity.

Social Value

Built InCommon factories offer direct opportunities to build good housing, workplaces and civic buildings by engaging local supply chains and those in the community with skills and a desire to build. Community building creates local training opportunities and local businesses – and delivers to all social value indicators of creating positive emotions, connecting people and offering freedom and flexibility  in design and building community assets.

By the community, for the community

Sustainable production, the circular economy and social engagement are all prioritised over private profit in the Built InCommon process. The network serves individuals and civic groups – such as community-led housing organisations, community development trusts and affordable and social housing providers. The ultimate goal is to produce sustainable buildings – delivered by the community,  for the community.

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The Built InCommon concept has been developed by Bauman Lyons Architects with MassBespoke, with support from  Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship and Innovate UK. Many people contributed generously to the development of the ideas. Special thanks go to Miranda Plowden of South Yorkshire Housing Association, Ben McCall of Doncaster Central  Development Trust, Peter McGurn of Goodwin Development Trust, Trustees of CVCLT, Alastair Parvin of WikiHouse,  Melissa Mean of WeCanMake, Craig White of White Design and ModCell, Blok CNC, Doina Petrescu of R-Urban,  Kerry Harker of East Leeds Project, Professor Flora Samuel, Jonathan Gordon-Farleigh of STIR to Action for being the  pioneers of new ideas. Built InCommon identity/graphic design by Martin Baillie. Explainer video by Blake House.