One of the benefits of running a successful company is the ability to give something back to the community. We have an informal but proactive policy of supporting community events and associations, such as the Lerwick Folk Festival, Up Helly Aa, and various sporting activities. We have sponsored school children to undertake charity events in other countries, and to attend the World Scout Jamboree.
We enjoy the opportunity to provide work experience for school children and university students who are interested in engineering or architecture; and we have gone on to employ some of them after they have graduated from university. Shane Jamieson, in our Southampton office, started his engineering career after a work experience placement in the Lerwick office while he was at the Anderson High School.
We were delighted to sponsor the installation of a fresh water well at a school in Zambia; prior to which water was collected from a contaminated shallow sump hole in the nearest village or by making a round trip of approximately 1¼ miles a day to the nearest river. Although less contaminated than the sump hole, the river is also used by wild and domestic animals, with the associated general risks to health and to the safety of the pupils. Our senior partner, James Simpson, visited the school to see the well in action.
We have participated in the Architect In The House scheme organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. This innovative scheme, matches homeowners with local RIBA/RIAS chartered Architects who will donate an hour of their time for a design consultation. The homeowners are in turn encouraged to donate at least £40 to Shelter.
We occasionally carry out pro-bono work (or for substantially reduced rates) for community projects and charities.