A design engineer and TV presenter, expert in creating space-saving architectural improvements for the house, is feeling flush after securing monetary backing for his newest invention – a body that permits bogs to be folded away in a cabinet when not in use.
The patented Hidealoo body is designed to help householders and property builders to maximise the area they’ve obtainable, together with inside utility rooms, moist rooms and even wardrobes. It’s manufactured in Britain and works with any customary wall hung ceramic pan and cistern.
It was invented by engineer Monty Ravenscroft, who has spent the final 25 years pioneering designs for modern shifting components in structure. This contains constructing a 3-bedroom dwelling on a small plot in southeast London, which was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. With little or no area to play with, Monty wanted to get inventive with a variety of space-saving innovations.
Monty went on to look as co-host of Channel 4’s ‘Inside Out Properties’ which centered on creating a brand new invention to unravel an issue confronted by a home-owner in every episode.
Impressed by these experiences and searching for an answer for his invalid father who wanted the comfort of loo services in his bed room, but in a discreet manner that preserved his dignity, Monty developed the thought of a fold-away bathroom.
Recognizing the broader potential for the body, he has labored intently with award-winning worldwide designer, Sebastian Conran, to good its design. A £160k fairness funding, achieved in a funding spherical led by British Design Fund, will now be used to focus on development in each native and worldwide markets.
Monty explains: “I’ve at all times been captivated with fixing issues and engineering options for the house. Whereas the thought for the Hidealoo was pushed by my father’s ailing well being and the necessity to get intelligent with small dwelling areas, it has many different potential functions. The body itself has been engineered to be extremely sturdy and is able to taking effectively over thrice regular human weight. It’s additionally made to final greater than a lifetime having been examined over 250,000 instances.”
He added: “We’re delighted to have the backing of the British Design Fund who recognise the expansion potential of our product and be a part of us at a vital time, as we glance to take the Hidealoo to market within the UK and past.”
Damon Bonser, CEO, British Design Fund, stated: “The funding committee was actually impressed by Hidealoo and the group behind its design. As champions of British design and engineering, we sit up for working intently with the group as they commercialise the product and model within the coming yr.”
British Design Fund works with bold British product start-ups who’re able to scale-up and construct thriving stand-out companies. Alongside capital funding, BDF offers skilled mentoring to help such firms to speed up their development plans. Hidealoo is the twenty second enterprise to obtain funding from the fund because it was launched in 2018.
The fifth British Design Fund is now open to traders and might be closing on the finish of March 2023, to study extra click on right here; www.britishdesignfund.co.uk/make investments/.