Russell Harrison (inventor)

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Russell Harrison (born in 1961) is a British inventor, property developer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and managing director of mi-pad, a patented brand of factory-built homes designed for sustainable living.

Sustainable housing

On 22 February 2014, Harrison devised a concept for a factory-built sustainable house, which he trademarked as mi-pad and patented in March 2016 (GB patent GB2523915 was granted on 3 February 2016, with worldwide patents pending).

A circular, modular building with a triangular core, mi-pad can generate its own energy, withstand earthquakes and float on floodplains. It heats and powers itself by capturing the full cycle of the sun’s rays, and it collects water through an integrated filter system. The structure can be adapted to suit residential or commercial purposes and assembled by semi-skilled labour within a day.[1]

Harrison has conceived and trademarked a series of similar factory-made concepts for different uses, including: screwdriver-assembled emergency housing (mini mi-pad), and accommodation for large-scale events (mi-hotel).

Property development

Harrison is the founder of Manufacturing Industries plc, a subsidiary – formed under Russell Harrison Ltd – to develop and deliver the mi-pad concept.

Since 1979 he has owned, managed and revitalised properties across the UK, incorporating multi-million pound developments for residential, commercial and industrial use.

In 2002, he bought Bodicote Park, the derelict grounds of Banbury Rugby Club, which he improved for “the benefit of the Banbury people”.[2] In 2010, he sold the site to Cherwell District Council[3] "so that the grounds could be made available to the public and to the rugby club, which had previously “faced an uncertain future”.[4]

Other business interests

Harrison has acquired and revitalised a number of businesses in healthcare, logistics and media, guiding teams in the delivery of organisational change.

He is also chairman of PrimeGP, a UK healthcare project management service that addresses financial pressures upon the NHS.

Four NHS practices in the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) reported a 22% reduction in GP appointments made by elderly patients shortly after introducing one of PrimeGP’s initiatives in 2015.[5] The Prime of Life: 75+ project was created to tackle isolation among the ageing population by improving socialisation, thus reducing their dependence on GP, health and social care services. [6]

Personal interests

Harrison runs an estate in Warwickshire that houses a herd of pedigree Highland cattle. He is also a qualified helicopter pilot and has competed in British and world championships.


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