Aid Arc success at Aidex 2016

The Aid Arc provides a strong, rigid shelter, to keep families warm, dry and safe in the most inhospitable environments. Quick and easy to build, the Aid Arc empowers people to build their own shelter and progressively transform it into their long term home.

The Aid Arc is the latest innovation by UK company, Alfresco Arch. Their established range of arc shaped structures include animal shelters, vehicle arcs and classroom arcs dotted throughout the UK and beyond. Mark Panton, Design Director at Alfresco Arch said, “It was a natural progression for us to develop a structure for the aid sector. Our structures are strong, mobile and easy to build and we knew we could help those who needed shelter.”

The company's patented tensile arches provide a strong frame for the structure. The arc shape itself allows rain and snow to run off rather than build up. The wind rolls over the Arc rather than hitting it flat on and the structure has extreme seismic resilience.

The Aid Arc is designed to be a multi-purpose, transformational structure. Families can take pride in building their own Aid Arc using locally sourced materials and then over time, easily improve their Arc. Mark Panton said, “I look forward to training aid workers face to face so that they in turn can train communities to build their own Arcs. Most materials can be sourced locally while the other vital components will be quickly transported to sites.” The Aid Arc takes 30 man hours to build and, it's 100% waterproof membrane, means that it can sit on varied terrain without the need for foundations.

The Aid Arc was unveiled at Aidex, Brussels 2016, receiving a huge amount of interest from delegates at the expo. Mark continues, "We are now working on supplying various charities and organisations who need a stronger, more permanent shelter for those in need.Tents are temporary, the Aid Arc provides a long term solution"