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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

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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

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Collaboration is key in spreading the word on fire safety

Following the news of our partnership with the Fire Science Show – a weekly podcast connecting fire researchers and practitioners with fire engineers – we’ve invited the podcast’s founder Wojciech Wegryznski to tell us more about his mission.

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Our newest partner – the Fire Science Show! 

We are always looking for ways to amplify our work, share best practice and engage with more great engineers in our sector to pioneer new ways to protect people, place and planet. Today we have announced a new partnership with the Fire Science Show – a weekly podcast connecting fire researchers and practitioners with fire engineers. Here, our colleague Daniel Codd tells us more. 

Daniel Codd

Operations Director

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Simon Lay has been appointed to the Building Advisory Committee

Simon Lay has been appointed to the newly established Building Advisory Committee which has this week hosted its first meeting. The BAC was established under the Building Safety Act 2022 as part of the Government’s reforms of building safety. The reforms are designed to create lasting change and make it clear how residential buildings should be constructed, maintained and made safe.

Simon Lay

Director

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Creating buildings that are fit for the future

ur colleague and founding director Sam Liptrott recently signed an open letter to the government, calling for better designed buildings. Here, he tells us more about his hopes for the future of the built environment.

Sam Liptrott

Director

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OFR Designs Fire Strategy for Challenging Cumbrian Citadel Project

Our Manchester team, led by director Richard Rankin is involved in a challenging, transformative project in Carlisle. Known as the Citadel project, it will see a historic area of the city repurposed...

Richard Rankin

Design Director

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Supporting our colleagues on Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day which this year focuses on making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority. At OFR, we strive to do this every day, ensuring that our colleagues have access to any support  they need. Here our colleague and mental health first aider Katrina Speirs-Simpson tells us more. 

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Fusing the old and the new

At OFR we are fortunate to work on a range of projects, covering all sectors, geographies – and architectural typologies. Here, our director Andy Passingham talks about the work we have been doing to support museums, galleries and other historic buildings as they undergo sensitive restorations and redevelopments, with safe design principles in mind… 

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Topping out an exciting new development for Google at King’s Cross

Google's new King's Cross office officially reached its 'topping out' milestone this week as the final steel beam was put into place.

Sam Liptrott

Director

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The International Women in Engineering Day Series: Meet Maisie

23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day and to celebrate, we’re hearing from the great women in our business, as they talk about their careers in this sector. We’re concluding the series with an interview today with our Graduate Fire Engineer Maisie Gleeson. Here, Bath-based Maisie tells us more about establishing her career, and why she didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer!

Maisie Gleeson

Graduate Fire Engineer

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The International Women in Engineering Day Series: Meet Sam

23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day and to celebrate, we’re hearing from the great women in our business, as they talk about their careers in this sector. Today, we meet Sam Bryant who was last year crowned as the Women in Fire Safety Rising Star. Edinburgh-based Sam talks about her childhood love of Lego, and how her passion for seeing the end-product helps her today.

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The International Women in Engineering Series: Meet Janine

23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day, and to celebrate, we’re hearing from the great women in our business, as they talk about their careers in this sector.  We’re kicking off the series with Janine Kayode. A London-based principal fire engineer, Janine was a 2021 winner of the Women in Fire Safety Awards, and here she talks about her love for the industry, and the challenges she’s faced on her journey… 

Janine Kayode

Associate

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OFR contributes to evacuation research

Contributing their time to future fire safety and policy, our colleagues Amir and Luis recently volunteered in a high rise evacuation exercise. Here, Luis tells us more.

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Global thinking, local application

Our OFR projects span the whole globe, with projects from the UK to Antarctica, Africa, the Middle East and many places in between. Here, our colleague Rich Rankin explains how we uphold our international knowledge, ensuring that we can meet local regulation, no matter the market we are working in.

Richard Rankin

Design Director

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Meta checks in at King’s Cross Hub

The end of March saw the Royal opening of global tech giant, Meta’s incredible new space at Kings Cross – a project officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales and The...

Matthew Arnott

Senior Fire Engineer

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Fire and Smoke Modelling Lecture: giving back to academic community

Members of our team were invited to share their industry knowledge, experience and insight at a lecture at the University of Edinburgh last week. Former student and OFR colleague, Ieuan Rickard along with Andrew...

Ieuan Rickard

Senior Fire Engineer