Arup has been working with Habitat for Humanity since 2010 to design, develop and finally help in the construction of the Yea Heights Estate in Victoria, Australia. The project looks to build 25 safe, decent and affordable new homes for those who lost everything in the devastating bushfires of Black Saturday.
Construction at Yea Heights is well underway; with house one close to completion. On Saturday 2nd June, five Arup staff members, assisted by a couple of partners, answered the last minute call from Habitat, and made the journey up to Yea to volunteer their services.
A lot was achieved in a short time – cleaning up, sanding, and filling holes concluded with lots and lots of painting! The team was extremely efficient and worked tirelessly throughout the day. The organisers at Habitat for Humanity were most appreciative of our efforts – especially given such short notice beforehand.
Thank you to those who kindly volunteered their time on the day - Jillian Hardie, David Stirling, Nick Stone with his partner Leo, Georgina Reddin (Wallace) and her husband Tom, and John Legge-Wilkinson for rallying the group at the last minute!