• Learning at Work Week: Molly Jordan

    This week our team has joined businesses up and down the country to highlight the impact of a positive learning and development culture for Learning at Work Week.

    In our final article we talk to Finance Assistant Apprentice, Molly Jordan who explains why continued learning in her role has developed both her personal and professional skills…

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  • Learning at Work Week: Mike Spearpoint and Danny Hopkin

    It’s Learning at Work Week and in a series of articles we’re talking to our team members about the importance of continuous learning.

    Here, our Research Leader Mike Spearpoint and Director Danny Hopkin share their thoughts on the learning opportunities available and how they benefit both team members and the business to continually push to improve and innovate our service offering.

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  • Learning at Work Week: John Harkin

    Like businesses up and down the country we’re celebrating Learning at Work Week – acknowledging the impact of a positive learning and development culture.

    In a series of articles in the coming days, we talk to some of our team members about why continual learning has been important to them – starting with Principal Fire Engineer John Harkin.

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  • International Womens Day: “We’re creating an environment in which everyone can flourish”

    It’s International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and a day that flies the flag for creating a better, more inclusive world. At OFR, we strive to embody these values by fostering an environment where everyone has the opportunity to shine. Here, our People Director, Lucy Kirkup, shares her perspectives.

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  • Giving evidence in The Scottish Parliament

    It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to the political discourse around the creation of safe and sustainable built environment, so it was great this week to see our colleague Kate Swinburne in The Scottish Parliament, attending the committee meeting for Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee.

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  • A RIBA Prize for Houlton School

    This year, the RIBA launched its very first RIBA Stirling Prize award for Reinvention. The inaugural winner was Houlton School in Rugby – a scheme on which OFR is part of the design team

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  • A core concept for tall buildings

    UK government has confirmed that it will adopt an 18-metre height threshold for second staircases in all new residential buildings. In response, we’ve released updated plans of our second staircase concept – something which will support the viable development of safe, tall buildings in an increasingly difficult construction market. Here, Rich tells us more.

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  • Investing in people to create safe and sustainable buildings

    Competency has always been important in the construction industry and in this new article, our colleague Steven Ferreira – who along with colleagues James Daniels and Ahmed Maani recently completed his Chartership – talks about the importance of professional qualifications, and the mechanisms in place at OFR as we support colleagues through their academic endeavours.

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  • Contributing to a landmark collaborative facility – our work at NMIS

    From RIBA Stage 2 through to completion, we have worked on behalf of HLM Architects as part of the team delivering the incredible new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) building. Principal Fire Engineer, Graeme Shaw shares how our fire engineering guidance on the building will help to raise the bar for collaboration across sectors…

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  • Helping our colleagues through the OFR Technical Institute: Part 3

    We are always looking for new and innovative ways in which we can support our team with personal and professional development. The OFR Technical Institute was set up to offer bespoke training and has helped many colleagues since to develop their knowledge and skills. Here – in the last of this week’s blog series on the Institute – our colleague associate director, Tom Bentley tells us more….

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