National Self Build & Renovation Centre in the running for two prestigious sustainability awards

By Nick Batten on 18 July, 2023

The Swindon-based National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), the UK’S only permanent venue for independent homebuilding advice and support, has been shortlisted for two categories in the 2023 National Sustainability Awards.

The National Sustainability Awards recognise the pioneers of sustainability, with the judging panel looking for great stories of innovation and breadth of impact across all sectors, that can help build a more sustainable and better future.

The NSBRC has been shortlisted in two categories, ‘Team of the Year’, recognising the efforts of the centre’s Marketing Team to promote their eco offering and ‘Rising Star of the Year’, recognising the individual efforts of the centre’s Content Marketing Manager, Katy Hardwick.

Katy Hardwick

Harvey Fremlin, the NSBRC’s Managing Director, said, “We are thrilled to be nominated for these prestigious awards. We have placed sustainability at the heart of all our activities and are proud of the workshops, surgeries and courses we have run, designed to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“The first thing visitors to the NSBRC see, as they walk through our doors, is our sustainability pledge, our promise to help visitors build better, more sustainable homes. These nominations recognise the work we have done in this crucial area, and will act as motivation to keep going on this important mission.”

The awards look for the best in every category, recognising organisations that understand the importance of ensuring that future generations will be able to live in a cleaner, greener world. There are many well-known organisations that are nominated in 2023.

Harvey continued, “It is an honour for our relatively small, employee-owned, business to be up against giant corporations with household names such as NatWest, Lombard and OVO Energy. For us the recognition of our activities is the biggest reward. We realised that sustainability must play a key part in our offering and the team has worked tremendously hard to ensure we are providing the best, impartial advice to our visitors – both here at the centre and online. I am particularly delighted for Katy, a younger member of our team who has embraced the opportunity and is our internal ‘sustainability champion’.”

The winners will be announced on 5th October at an Awards Gala Dinner, taking place at The Waldorf Hilton, London.

The NSBRC is hosting an Eco Workshop on Heat & Energy on Saturday 12th August. The free event will provide over a dozen talks on topics such as Heap Pumps, Solar, Electric Vehicles and Rainwater Harvesting.

For more information and to book your free tickets, visit:

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre is easy to get to, located on Junction 16 of the M4 and parking is free. The NSBRC, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UB

Pictured (top of page) An Eco event at the NSBRC