Hope Challenge Team with completed structure

Hope Challenge 2019

After months of preparation and fundraising, a team of 5 from AES (Ed, Jono, Row, Andy & Ross) headed up to the Peak District at the end of June to take part in the 2019 Hope Challenge, organised by and in aid of Habitat for Humanity GB. The challenge was to raise money for the charity, design, construct and sleep in a shelter, as well as taking part in a series of physical and mental challenges throughout the weekend.

Morning picture

Meeting at the office at 05:15 on Friday 28th June, the team loaded up the cars and trailer with everything that was needed to construct the shelter and set off for the mammoth drive to the Peak District. Arriving at the Hollowford Centre in the spectacular Hope Valley the team set about constructing their shelter before the allowed build time closed and judging began at 18:00.

Having prepared and practised constructing our fully recycled and recyclable shelter, it went up easily with time to spare, allowing us to suss out our strong competition. Our shelter featured a frame constructed of cardboard tubes previously used on rolls of artificial grass, a pond liner floor, a Perspex roof from a dismantled chicken coop and tarpaulin used to protect the aforementioned artificial grass. The resulting look was maybe a little more rustic than some of our competitors’, however it was structurally sound and survived the whole weekend. The judges were impressed by our shelter, and loved the little touches like the luggage rack made from leftover tubes, and the bee hotel made with the remaining bamboo dowels.

Structure in progress

Saturday began with the challenges at the Hollowford Centre – a water transportation exercise against the clock using bamboo stakes, guttering and twine which went smoothly and really got the team going, setting them up nicely for the following raft build. After time designing and constructing the raft, intrepid paddlers Andy & Ross took to the lake for a lap of the course, completing it in a record time, all the while remaining dry! (more than can be said for our opposing team – sorry Coins!). The final challenge of the morning was to make a fire, Bear Grylls style, and boil water for a hot chocolate – living in Devon with the abundance of wood burners and open fires, if’s fair to say we had this covered!

Structure being built

The afternoon arrived and it was time to begin our hike and memory challenge, in the sweltering heat. On the start line, 20 items (including Pi to 20 decimal places) were laid out for us to memorise and recite following the walk. We each memorised specific items and set off for the hike. At the first checkpoint, a stretcher carry challenge had been set up – 1 member of the team had to carried using only a bivvy bag and a climbing rope. Jono & Ed stepped up and, on a rope swing seat, carried Ross over the 100m course with incredible strength and determination. The hike continued up to the spectacular Mam Tor and along the ridge back to the Hollowford Centre, returning just in time for the BBQ and prize giving.

Ross being carried

A night in the pubs of Castleton celebrating with the other teams rounded off the fantastic weekend. Congratulations to the winners from the NHBC and to the great lads of Pantera Carpentry who came in second.

Finishing 7th overall and raising £2,454.00 for Habitat for Humanity the AES team headed home to Devon. Don’t worry, parts of our shelter have been re-used, with the rest recycled.

We had a fantastic weekend and send our thanks to Habitat for Humanity GB and Across the Divide for organising the event.

Team Hope Challenge on the walk

Meet the new starters…

We recently had a very successful recruitment drive, resulting in 6 new colleagues this November! We thought it would be nice for you to meet the team…

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Aaron Moon (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 21, for the past three years I have been studying BSc Environmental Science at the University of Exeter, based at their Cornwall campus. I have always had a keen interest in nature and wanted to pursue a career that would help make a positive change for the environment!

Alice Gent (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 23, I grew up on a farm in Broadclyst, near Exeter, and studied Geography at Aberystwyth University in Wales. I enjoy lots of different hobbies, but recent pastimes I’ve been loving include pottery, cake decorating and hiking.

Ella Cowen (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 22, I studied Maths at Durham University and Sustainable Development at Exeter University. When I’m not working I can be found playing rugby, dog walking and sea swimming.

Eloise Utley (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cardiff Uni and then spent a year managing a pub before starting my Master’s in Energy and Sustainability at Southampton Uni. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and doing Karate.

Melanie Lewis (Technical Administrator)

A lover of travelling, I have been fortunate enough to visit some incredible locations around the world before settling in Tiverton. Now I’m based in Devon, I spend my spare time walking the dog and watching the local rugby games.

Kieran Davies (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 24, I studied Physics at Bristol University and Sustainable Energy at Glasgow University. When I was younger I wanted be an astronaut. My favourite hobbies are playing five-a-side football and cooking.

Qualified Thermographers

DALTEC Ltd are pleased to announce that they have two BINDT (The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) qualified PCN IRT Thermographers.

DALTEC Ltd have completed their first survey for a client. They highlighted areas of energy loss causing cold spots in a recently occupied dwelling. A full site report is provided, including photos of the exact areas identified both internally and externally.

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Images like these, alongside the full site report, will help our client carry out swift and specific remedial work to rectify the concerns identified by the occupier.

 

DALTEC Ltd are now able to offer a thermography service to our clients. Clients may utilise this service for BREEAM credits, client requirement, occupier complaint resolution or purely for quality assurance and peace of mind.

If you are interested in this service, please call us on 01884 242050 or fill in the contact form.

AES featured in Parliamentary Review

We are very pleased to announce our inclusion in the 2016 / 2017 Parliamentary Review. We feature “alongside some of the most impressive organisations in property today” to highlight the potential performance gap between design and as-built stages. Please click here to read the article in full.

AES welcomes six new trainees

To support our continuing growth, AES is very pleased to welcome six new trainee consultants to the team. Lindsey joined the company back in April, followed by (l-r) Maggie, Daria, Andrea, Naomi and Jo who joined us this month.

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But, we’ve not finished growing the team just yet! Please visit our careers page for details of our current vacancies www.aessc.co.uk/careers