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Building Magazine lists OFR as one of the UK’s top consultants

OFR Consultants has ranked in Building Magazine’s annual ranking of the top consultants in the UK’s construction sector. The company features in the top 150 practices in the country; the listings also show that OFR is the only specialist fire engineer to appear in the Top 50 Engineers list.

Sam Liptrott

Director

Accreditation Awards News

OFR ranked as one of the UK’s best companies to work for

OFR Consultants has been named in a list of the Best Companies to Work for 2022. The company ranked highly in the lists, earning a place in the top 10 Best Consultancies to work for. OFR was also ranked 41st in the UK-wide overall companies category - making it one of the best businesses to work for in the country.

Lucy Kirkup

HR Director

Industry News Recruitment

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…

Industry News Recruitment

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.

Industry News Recruitment

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.

News Recruitment

We’ve moved into offices across the South – supporting our team growth

OFR Consultants has made changes in its regional offices to accommodate growth in the south of the country; HR director Lucy Kirkup says "it is imperative that our physical workspaces reflect our values, with brilliantly designed, easy-to-access offices in which our people feel comfortable and happy."  

Lucy Kirkup

HR Director

News Social value

Supporting the mental health needs of colleagues in construction

Our colleague and Technical Director Alan is once again training up to support the Lighthouse Club Charity. As part of the Glencar team, he will be using his OFR Better Days leave allocation to cycle a challenging 210 miles from Leitrim to Killarney in just three days next month to raise funds and awareness of mental health amongst construction workers and their families. 

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Protecting our planet on Earth Day, and every day

This year’s #EarthDay takes place on 22 April and will be highlighting the many ways we can all help to protect the planet through our work and actions. This year’s theme focuses on ending plastics for the sake of human and planetary health by demanding a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040.  Here our colleague Daniel Codd takes a look at a number of OFR’s initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to the sustainable use of timber across projects internationally.

Daniel Codd

Operations Director

News Social value

Supporting Farming, Family, Therapy and Legacy for Bath-based Youth Charity

Our team, led by Principal Fire Engineer, Alex Farrelly-Waters has been supporting Jamie's Farm - an amazing youth charity - to develop its newest site just outside of Bath.

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OFR completes project on Stockport’s impressive new interchange

We've completed our work for client Transport for Greater Manchester on the brand-new Stockport Interchange and the adjacent 52m residential building which is home to 196 properties – set to complete this summer.  

Alex Robinson

Associate

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Supporting women in engineering

OFR Consultants has today announced its sponsorship of SheCanEngineer – a non-profit diversity, equity and inclusion initiative dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of female engineers and achieving gender parity.

Recruitment

My Whole Self Day: “We’re more than our job title”

Our OFR colleagues have spent some time this week answering the question ‘How would you introduce yourself without using your job title?’ The question was motivated by our involvement in the campaign ‘My Whole Self’ which aims to highlight workplace culture change, which culminates on 12th March for My Whole Self Day. Here our colleague Sam Bryant tells us more.

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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.

Lucy Kirkup

HR Director

News Recruitment

National Careers Week: Colleague development is at the heart of OFR’s culture

As we conclude our careers week celebrations here at OFR, today we meet our colleague, Sam Bryant. A talented fire engineer based out of our Edinburgh office, here Sam tells us more about how she first fell in love with engineering, what her day-to-day role entails and about the fabulous people she works with who ensure her spark remains ignited…  

Sam Bryant

Graduate Fire Engineer

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National Careers Week: “I’m really looking forward to what the future holds”

Within OFR, I am committed to leveraging my experience to mentor the next generation. The wealth of talent within our organisation, including remarkable graduates, fuels my enthusiasm for the future. As we embark on this journey, I am thrilled to be part of OFR's evolution and to contribute to the ongoing progress of our industry as a whole.

Christine Leigh

Principal Fire Engineer

News Recruitment

National Careers Week: “We’re constantly given the opportunity to better ourselves”

At OFR, we're dedicated to investing in the future, whether it's through cutting-edge technologies, ground-breaking innovations or, as highlighted in this article, our exceptional team members. With a stellar line-up of engineers who are among the finest in their field, we recognise the importance of continuously nurturing their talents. It's our commitment to empower them to reach their fullest potential every single day. Now, as we celebrate National Careers Week, we're thrilled to introduce you to some of our colleagues - starting today with Lutfi Ramadhan.

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The Paper Garden makes the 2024 MacEwan Shortlist

We’re thrilled to see our pro bono work listed on the RIBA Journal 2024 MacEwen Award Shortlist – an accolade that celebrates architecture with a civic purpose.

Jack Wilshaw

Design Director