Over the course of the ten months we were filming the Otter Farm episode for Grand Designs, Phill Ireland and his team made our time on site a sheer delight. I couldn’t have met a nicer, happier and more skilled bunch of guys. I was knocked out by the way they operate – there aren’t many builders who approach the job like they do, and you can absolutely trust their expertise and advice.
Our architect put us in touch with Phill Ireland. To our amazement, Phill said that nothing from the house would be wasted and just about everything could be recycled. It was the best reaction we could have hoped for. The house was 28 years old, had once been a nursing home before it became a residential property and it was a relief to hear that parts of it would be going to help other projects that Irebuild had in mind.
Phill’s team was extremely efficient – we were given a written programme setting out the weekly objectives so we were aware of what would be happening. The demolition of the house took about five weeks and was painstakingly taken apart by Phill’s team. They were always on time and worked extremely hard. They were only too happy to explain where everything was going, from the roof tiles to the dado rails, the bricks to the floor boards. Absolutely everything that was part of that house was to have a use somewhere else. We were even able to keep some stained glass for ourselves, which we are incorporating into our new home.
As the company’s director, Phill is an extremely polite and approachable person. He obviously takes a pride in what he does and goes out of his way to make sure his clients are happy. Highly recommended.
Amin Taha are a multi award-winning architectural firm who specialise in artistic, eco-inspired design. Their accolades include Winner RIBA National Award 2018 (and 2017), Civic Trust Award Winner 2018, and Winner Hackney Design Award 2016. You can find out more over on their website.
As a timber man who is passionate about the environment and using materials from sustainable sources, who has spent years building low carbon footprint dwellings and developments. It is very important to me that my contractors understand the products they are using, have sympathy for impact on the surrounding countryside and a strong work ethic. As a businessman it is important that projects are delivered on time, within budget and to a high standard.
Phill and his team deliver on all points. He runs his company with a firm and calm hand, the guys have huge respect for him and his knowledge of contract management is excellent. I have enjoyed his practical outlook and hands on approach which sets him apart from most. He had in depth knowledge on ecological and environmentally friendly development and has been an asset to us from design to completion.
I have come to trust and respect Phill and would have no hesitation in recommending him and his company to any person or company looking to make a statement by standing out from the crowd.
A major structural feature in the garden was a serpentine ‘forest’ of carefully placed timber sentinels running 50 metres in length, 2-3 metres in width, and up to 5m tall. Called the ‘Spine’, it was a perfect low-tech carpentry project that required careful construction, setting out and installation.
In collaboration with Carpenter Oak and Roderick James Architects, Irebuild helped devise the support structure detail and setting out/installation plan for the ‘spine’, as well as the delivery of the timber.
The timber was delivered to different locations around the UK where current training in carpentry was being carried out by diverse charities dedicated to providing training and skills. Here the ‘Spine’ was pre-constructed for delivery and installation at the Chelsea Flower Show itself.
With a limited budget and a commitment to reuse and reclaim, Eden was delighted to receive the assistance of Irebuild, who also sourced and donated the reclaimed timber that made this part of the largest garden ever to be built at the Chelsea Flower Show a Silver Medal winning garden possible.