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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.

Industry Recruitment Social value

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

Expert Industry News

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.

Kate Swinburne

Associate

Awards Industry News

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

Simon Lay

Director

Expert Industry News

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.

Richard Rankin

Design Director

Accreditation Industry Recruitment

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.

Industry News Timber & Sustainability

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…

Expert Industry Recruitment

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….

Tom Bentley

Associate Director

Expert Industry Recruitment

Helping our colleagues through the OFR Technical Institute: Part 2

Investment in personal and professional development is an important part of our culture at OFR, and today – as we continue our new series of blogs, in which colleagues tell us about their experiences with the OFR Technical Institute – we meet Muthia Khairunisa. Muthia gained her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kyoto University, Japan and her Master's in Fire Safety Engineering from the IMFSE program – here she talks about benefitting from the OFR Technical Ins

Muthia Khairunisa

Graduate Fire Engineer

Industry News Timber & Sustainability

OFR and STA clarify CLT fire compliance for industry

Leading fire engineering consultancy, OFR Consultants working in collaboration with the Structural Timber Association (STA) is offering the wider industry valuable clarity on the fire safety design of mass timber buildings. 

Danny Hopkin

Technical Director

Accreditation Expert Industry Recruitment

Helping our colleagues through the OFR Technical Institute: Part 1

This week we are launching a new series of blogs, in which colleagues tell us about their experiences with the OFR Technical Institute. Today we start with Bianca Coutinho who​ joined the business in 2021 and has recently been promoted from graduate to fire engineer. She has previously worked within the in fire engineering field with businesses internationally in Brazil and Ireland. Here she tells us more…

Expert Industry News

A new concept for high rise safety; creating safer and sustainable buildings with 81% net:gross

The construction industry has a responsibility to make high rise buildings safer and more sustainable... Matt Brook Architects made a proactive move to address this with the design of a core that was safer for residents and firefighters as well as being highly efficient. Working collaboratively with OFR, the core has been developed and validated through testing. Read more about the process here.

Expert Industry News

Waste to Energy: how our team is expanding its portfolio with progressive sustainability-focused projects

Having completed works at the Baldovie Waste to Energy plant at Dundee, we are bringing our expertise to a number of other projects in the UK. Here OFR director Jamie Gibson explains more…

Jamie Gibson

Associate Director