Education and Talks

We offer a range of services to the education, academic and professional sectors. Community self build encompasses a rich range of practical and theoretical topics, including sustainability, communities, building design and management, planning, renewable energy, housing, affordable housing, local and national policy, practice and case studies. The Ashley Vale self build project offers a great opportunity to experience these topics up close and speak to people who have been involved in the project from conception through to completion.

What Ecomotive can do for you:

  • Introductory workshops
  • Hosted tours of the inspirational and award winning self build community, Ashley Vale in Bristol
  • Presentations and topic-specific training (can be held at your location or hosted at Ashley Vale)
  • Curriculum design input
  • Peripatetic lecturing
  • Training for academic staff

Past and present clients include:

  • St Werburghs City Farm – design of a self-led tour pack of Ashley Vale for schools, with curriculum links (KS 1 & 2)
  • University of the West of England – tours and informal lectures
  • University of Oxford – teaching a module on Sustainable Development MA course
  • University College London – Bartlett School of Planning
  • Association of Environment Conscious Builders (AECB) – presentation and tour for annual convention


“Great to see building development based on community and not just ‘Green Building’ ”  Roger Budgeon, Greenshop Group.

“Genuinely ultra inspiring” Geoff Stowe, AECB.

“We have received very positive formal and informal feedback from those who attended… 91% of delegates marked your presentation as excellent/good with comments such as… ‘great presentation, really inspirational’ and ‘Ground breaking example of delivery – much to learn from and inform – exciting stuff”… once again, many thanks.” Chris Balch, RTPI SW Chair.

“There should be much more of this, this is definitely how to solve the housing crisis.” Clare Nash, Clare Nash Architects.

Inspiring and enthusiasm is infectious.”  Polly Church, Potter and Holmes Architects.