Over the course of the ten months we were filming the Otter Farm episode for Grand Designs, the Irebuild 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.

Claire Liasko, Director

Grand Designs

We are in the throes of building a new home. To do this, we had to demolish the building that was already there. We wanted to recycle as much as possible, not just have it bulldozed down.

Our architect put us in touch with Irebuild. To our amazement, Irebuild 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.

The Irebuild team were 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 the Irebuild 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.

The Irebuild director 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.

Mr & Mrs O


We worked with Irebuild on a complicated refurbishment with a relatively small budget for the amount of work required… We found the director of Irebuild to be a conscientious and helpful builder, trustworthy and hard working, and with a clear understanding of the final design intent in terms of detail and overall quality… We would work with the company again should the opportunity arise.

Sarah Griffiths, Director,

Amin Taha Architects Ltd

I have worked with the Embercombe Building Company over several years and on many occasions for contracts ranging from £25,000 timber buildings to £850,000 industrial developments.

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.

Managing Director

Duchy Timber

We are an architectural practice that specialises in high quality projects and unusual solutions. Irebuild is a like-minded company and therefore well suited to our clients and our work.

We have known them for over ten years, and have undertaken projects from small domestic renovation and extension projects to large new build commercial projects.

Their approach to their work is dedicated and yet flexible, and to a high standard; all with an environmentally conscious and moral approach too.

The director of Irebuild is extremely personable, and affable; and with a unique approach and position within the construction industry.

Paul Humphries, Managing Director,

Paul Humphries Architects

In 2009 I designed what was to become the largest Garden ever to be built at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. The Garden was called ‘Places of Change’ and was part of the Eden Project’s charitable commitment to introducing horticulture to groups of excluded individuals from homeless and prison backgrounds.

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.

Paul Stone, Landscape Manager

Eden Project, Cornwall