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Project Etopia buys self-build specialist

11 June 2020

Offsite construction firm Project Etopia has acquired self-build specialist Tribus Homes, along with its Devon manufacturing facility.

Tribus Homes, which has already been working in partnership with Tribus Homes under the ‘E-Tribus’ banner, manufactures homes using the same structural insulated panels (SIPs) employed by Project Etopia.

Tribus is capable of building 200 modular homes a year from its manufacturing facility outside Tiverton and Project Etopia homes that it can provide a model for setting up smaller manufacturing facilities around the country to support its 2,000-home-a-year factory in Ellesmere Port.

Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, said: “We are delighted to formally bring Tribus Homes under the Etopia banner.

“This acquisition means we can use Tribus Homes’ manufacturing facility in Devon to produce up to 200 new homes a year in the South West without needing to transport goods around the country, making developments much more sustainable.

“The factory is a prime example of how a number of satellite, small-scale facilities can be positioned around the country to create local jobs and deliver homes.

“Tribus will continue to provide people with their dream self-build homes, all of which will feature the smart home and energy technology incorporated in all Etopia projects.”

Tribus Homes’ co-founder Les McArdle will stay on as managing director of the business.


200 modular homes a year – hardly worth the trouble and outlay is it.

Tom, 12 June 2020