Wymondham firm answers SOS from Nepal for school buildings

Julia Glenn from Extremist Technology. The company design shelters for people hit by natural disaste

Julia Glenn from Extremist Technology. The company design shelters for people hit by natural disasters. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Wymondham firm Extremis Technology has received an order to supply five of its unique shelters to provide a school building in earthquake-hit Nepal.

The Hush1 shelters, designed for rapid deployment, will be built into a learning centre complete with computers.

Julia Glenn, CEO of the firm which was only launched in 2012, said: 'About 3,000 schools were destroyed in the earthquake so there is potential for us to supply many more shelters. This is a big opportunity for a small Norfolk company.'

Nani Sahra Walker, who is driving the charity effort to replace schools, said: 'I've been extremely impressed with the responsiveness of Extremis Technology, in particular of CEO Julia Glenn, in the face of the recent disaster.'

Meanwhile, Extremis has 26 days of a 45-day crowdfunding campaign to run on the crowdcube.com platform to raise £260,000.

That will fund its first production run, to supply a charity in the Dominican Republic seeking to improve slums, and allow the company to employ five extra people.

Mrs Glenn said: 'So far we have passed the £105,000 mark on the way to our target and many other investors have expressed an interest. We are hosting two more investor events in London.'

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Extremis Technology, which moved earlier this year from Lowestoft to Hethel Engineering Centre must reach its target to receive any cash.

Extremis, launched by inventor David Watson and business partner Mark Aspinall, currently employs one full-time engineer and three part-time office staff; its shelters will be built by companies in the region.