Extremis Technology, which moved earlier this year from Lowestoft to Hethel Engineering Centre, near Wymondham, is poised to launch a crowdfunding campaign on the crowdcube.com platform to raise £100,000 of investment for its first production run.

The funding will pay for 25 of the company’s Hush1 shelters, designed for rapid deployment and big enough to house a family of five, to be built and shipped to the Dominican Republic.

The business, which was only launched in 2012, is working with a charity, Techo, that wants to trial the shelters as a way of improving slums.

Chief executive Julia Glenn, whose previous career included working as software developer and international banker, said: “They are an NGO (non-governmental organisation) working across Latin America so if the trial is successful it could lead to deployment on a much bigger scale.”

The first shelters going to the Dominican Republic will be made by New World Timber Frame, in Saffron Walden, Essex, but Extremis has also agreed to sell the rights for further manufacture of the design to take place on the island.

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Photo: The Extremis Technology team of Cillian Hickey, Julia Glenn and Lucy O’Driscoll with their half size model of their unique shelter. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.