- Arup is providing pro bono support to The Housing Connection (THC), a non-profit organisation in Sydney, to create critical infrastructure for adults with intellectual disability.
- The project is coordinated by EWB Connect, an Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) initiative and is a collaboration between Arup, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects, EWB and THC.
Arup is providing pro bono support engineering and project management services to the Housing Connection, a non-profit organisation that provides supported living services for adults with an intellectual disability on Sydney’s lower north shore.
In 2015, Arup strengthened the partnership with EWB by becoming the founding member of EWB Connect, a national initiative that connects community organisations with pro bono engineering, design and construction services. One of EWB Connect’s first projects is with The Housing Connection (THC).
The planned expansion to THC’s current site includes additional permanent accommodation for two people with a disability and another two places for transitional or respite support to provide opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to get used to living away from family and build their independent living skills.
“The engineering profession has valuable skills that are critical to inclusive and sustainable development. Projects such as this are a great example of pro bono engagement and demonstrate how companies and community organisations can work together to improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people.”
“It is exciting for Arup to be involved in this project because it is highly related to the work we do in the built environment. We are willing and able to provide this service because we have staff who are passionate about making a difference and have an active community engagement program that allocates funding for our staff to partner with fantastic organisations such as EWB and The Housing Connection.”