People News

Our people; Soren Hayward.

12/05/2022

A bright young mind in our industry.

I graduated in…

…2017, having received a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Swansea University. Following four years in the manufacturing industry, I joined Hoare Lea in May 2021.

I joined the world of consultancy…

…as it gives me opportunities to work on a boarder range of projects and has an increased focus on design-based work. Hoare Lea offered me an excellent opportunity to engage in this and I’m very glad I made the move.

I am particularly interested in…

…the design of sustainable and renewable energy systems.

I believe that the carbon-neutral homes that are being built today have massive potential for reducing our carbon emissions while providing warm and comfortable places to live.

This interest has led me to study…

…renewable energy engineering at the University of Aberdeen. This is a part-time distance-learning course, allowing for both study and work simultaneously. Alongside this, I am also working towards achieving chartership with the IET.

Both courses are developing my knowledge of renewable energy systems, preparing me for an exciting career tackling some of the UK’s most pressing challenges.

There are many exciting technologies…

…that are continuously being developed, which improve our lives in a variety of ways – from the more directly visible ones such as electric vehicles or smartphones, to ones that are more subtle, such as new versions of software that can improve our workflow.

I believe that in 10 years, these systems will be further improved, and new ways of visualising data will become commonplace.

For example, augmented reality holds massive potential for on-site surveys to compare as-built construction to the specified design.

The most unique project I have worked on…

…is Biophilic Living in Swansea. It is a novel concept and includes many of the latest technologies to be used in carbon-neutral developments such as solar battery storage, PV panels and heat pumps. Additionally, this building includes aquaponic rooms and will be used to grow food to serve the local community.

While I’m not studying…

…I rarely sit still. In the summer I can often be found outdoors, hiking in the Brecon Beacons, or downhill mountain biking at various bike parks around the UK. When the inevitably wet Welsh winters set in, I head indoors and go bouldering at the local climbing gym, and I’m planning my next skiing trip in the Alps.