24 Peaks Challenge

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Following the 3 Peaks Challenge in 2014, we decided we needed to get back to the hills and push ourselves even further. So rather than 3 peaks, we went for 24. 

Our trip started on the Friday travelling from the office in Forest Row up to Windemere in the Lake District, spending the evening getting sorted and eating as many carbs as we could consume.

Pick up time on Saturday was 6.45 the bus was full of nervous excitment as we made our way to the starting point, the weather was good having tipped it down the night before, but we were promised there would be no rain. Day one gave us some hard pulls up the mountains, but once at the top the views were breathtaking and you knew the effort was worth it just to get the opportunity to see the Lake District at its best, from the top of a mountain. After a 15 hour day we had climbed 11 peaks all over 2,500 ft, we had walked 19.8 miles and taken 66,000 steps. Decending in the dark  was tough on everyone physically and mentally, but we all eventually made it down to the bus.

The start of day two was one of the biggest challenges, getting up with little sleep, still tired, aching and drained from the day before. Setting off at 7.15 we were probably the quietist we had ever been, but once we got started the moods lightened and we were back in the game, marching through boggy grassland to our first ascent.

Although day two had more gradual climbs there were two large ascents that we had to get through, energy being low made this hard for the whole team and the combination of a cold wind blowing  made it tough at the top of each summit,  the final climb took all we had as we had to scramble to the top to hit the final 24th peak and then navigate down without being blow off the side of the mountain. However we all made a slow but safe decent down and the final haul back to the van took us along a peaceful stream, with the sun shining down as we finished our two days of walking.

Looking back at what we have acheived has made us all realise what we are capable of and are so proud of the team that took on the challenge. What an honour it is to have such amazing people to share this expeience with and Mark Atkin our mountain guide and his team proved to be the most tolerant, inspiring, motivational people to deliver us up and down each of the 24 summits.

 

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Wine Tasting Evening

Friday, February 05, 2016

fluid were lucky enough to enlist the help from Brighton based Butlers Wines and Fourth and Church to hold a client wine tasting evening. The evening was a massive sucess with a lovely venue and amazing food selection from Fourth and Church and an educational yet humourous introduction to the world of wine with Henry Butler of Butlers Wines.

 

 

The Great Fluid Bake Off

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The fluid team dusted off their aprons last week to hold a coffee morning in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and after a very sucessful morning raised £200 for the charity.

New Sponsorship

Monday, September 14, 2015

fluid are proud to announce that we are now sponsors of the Forest Row under 12 football team. Directors Chris and Scott went along to cheer on the team as the new kits  made their debut game last Saturday and managed to catch an amazing game resulting in  a win for Forest Row. 

July Newsletter

Monday, July 06, 2015

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MCIAT Success for fluid's Alex Langran

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

For a number of years Alex Langran has been an associate member of CIAT, which is the Charted Institute of Architectural Technologist. The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

Over the past two years Alex has been working towards gaining MCIAT status to become a fully chartered architectural technologist, as a person who is naturally interested in the details/detailing of a project, this form of qualification seemed to sit comfortably with Alex and his role within fluid.

The Office for National Statistics classifies Charted Architectural Technologists as follows;

2435 Charted Architectural Technologists provide architectural design services, negotiate construction projects and manage the development of projects from conception to completion.

In order to become a chartered member, Alex had to produce a portfolio of work which highlighted his competence in all areas of design and construction. As part of this he had to document the processes he had been through whilst collecting this information to highlight where he gained this experience and how it was relevant to his day to day role and the key criteria set out by CIAT. This information had to be submitted to CIAT who would review the contents and if it was deemed to satisfy the criteria would then offer a professional interview.

 The professional interview was held at CIAT offices and conducted by two MCIAT professionals, this was based around the information that Alex had submitted as part of his application and how he conducted himself in front of clients and other professionals. After the interview we learnt that Alex's application was successful and that he had attained Charted Membership of CIAT.

This was the culmination of two years of hard work and means that Alex is now able to use the designation MCIAT and Chartered Architectural Technologist, this status means that he is recognised in terms of the job that he performs and the accreditation offers further credibility to the work that both Alex and fluid undertake. 

A massive well done to Alex for all of his hard work and determination to gain this accreditation.

fluid's Growing

Friday, March 13, 2015

Following a number of successes fluid have been lucky enough to take on three great new members of the team, Mark Sturgess as a Marketing Assistant, Najla Trollope-Davis as an Architectural Assistant in our planning team and Damon Metcalf as an Architectural Technician in our technical team. It’s great to be able to expand the team and bring new perspectives to the company and would like to welcome our new members of the team to the fluid family.

 As a company we are always looking for new talent, if you want a new challenge and have the drive to work in a successful, hardworking company send your CV to studio@fluid-design.co.uk

A Charitable Christmas

Friday, December 05, 2014

As usual we have decided not to send Christmas cards this year and have once again donated to charity. Last year we sent two lovely goats off to Kenya to help sufferers of HIV make a living from their milk allowing them access to the treatment they need.

Following a trip to Asia this year our Director Scott wanted to look at the Cambodian Children's Fund www.cambodianchildrensfund.org  for this  years Christmas donation. Having spent time in Cambodia this charity struck a chord with Scott as they provided vital support to families in poverty stricken areas. We have sponsored David a 6 year old boy who is desperate to get an education so he can grow up to support his family and community, the monthly sponsorship money will provide schooling, uniforms, books and help support both his family and community. Getting sponsorship is such a major step for the children and we can’t wait to work with this amazing charity and start writing to David to see how our funds are helping not only David, but his family and community.

 

 

Three Peaks Challenge- Fluid Training Session

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In preperation for our three peaks challenge in September the fluid team decended on mass to Snowdonia National Park to climb  to the sumit of Snowdon which will be the last peak to climb when the time comes for our 24 hour challenge. The weather was on our side and provided us with amazing views across the National Park, although with the 1085 meter climb, we soon found ourselves up in the clouds.

It's only 6 weeks to the challenge and any money we raise will go to Headway and Shelter, two charities we have chosen to support in 2014. Check out our just giving page to help raise funds for these amazing causes. http://www.justgiving.com/user/47181576

 

 

We did it...London to Brighton 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

It was an early start  for the fluid team, but we all came together on the 15th June to take part in the London to Brighton Bike ride 2014 in order to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

After many hours of training we managed to get everyone across the finishing line and to date have raised an amazing £2390, thank you to all our friends, family and clients who have helped us along the way, it was an amazing event and great to know the money raise will go to such an amazing charity.

Team fluid takes on the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

fluid will be undertaking a number of events this year in order to raise money for our three chosen charities, British Heart Foundation, Shelter and Headway.

Next week the team will be hitting the streets cycling 56 miles from London Brighton to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Look out for us wearing our new fluid t-shirts and help us raise money for this amazing organisation by donating via our just giving page. http://www.justgiving.com/fluid-design1

 

 

10 Years of Fluid

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fluid celebrated a landmark occasion  this year as we turned 10 in February. To mark this occasion we will be holding a number of events throughout the year and will be competing various charity events in order to raise £10,000 for Shelter, Headway and The British Heart Foundation, our chosen charities for the year.