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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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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

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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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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.

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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

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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

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Even better days – more OFR colleagues support good causes

Colleagues in Scotland supported The Conservation Volunteers (TVC) this week – a charity organising and managing conservation projects all over the UK. In this article, our colleague Lewis Strachan tells us more about supporting the organisation at a site in Glasgow as part of our Better Days offering.

Lewis Strachan

Graduate Fire Engineer

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Contributing to clearer rivers in Bath

Our OFR colleagues in Bath recently took time out of their days to support the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), an organisation dedicated to putting healthy rivers at the heart of community life. The team joined the scheme as part of our Better Days programme, an OFR initiative which enables all of our colleagues to support causes that are important to them – by providing an allocated day of paid leave each year. In this article our colleague Rhys Williams tells us more

Rhys Williams

Graduate Fire Engineer

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The Paper Garden in pictures

This month, we celebrated the completion of The Paper Garden, a new community project for London which has see the transformation of a former car park into a 200m2 classroom and ecology garden – a collaborative seedbed in which to nurture creativity. Here our colleague Liam Caddy shares some of the pictures and highlights. 

Liam Caddy

Fire Engineer

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Collaborative Creation – The Paper Garden at Canada Water

On behalf of British Land, we have been supporting the ongoing progress of the Canada Water masterplan across various elements of the project. Here our design director Jack Wilshaw tells us more about a very special, sustainability project.

Jack Wilshaw

Design Director

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Mind matters; today and every day

Our Mind Matters team is made up of mental health first aid trained individuals who are passionate about supporting their colleagues and raising awareness of issues such as anxiety and depression. With Mental Health Awareness Week underway, we look at how the team has been helping others throughout the year and the topics they have been exploring during the campaign week.

Sam Bryant

Graduate Fire Engineer

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The daily juggle

At OFR Consultants we protect and promote our people, investing in them to ensure that they can manage their work and home lives effectively. This month, we announced a series of new initiatives for our OFR working parents, with increased maternity and shared parental leave pay. Here, we hear from three parents in our workforce who talk about their approach to juggling the family work-life balance.

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Protecting our whole selves!

OFR prioritises colleague wellbeing, and we have a range of initiatives driven by our Mind Matters team who share information and deliver engaging sessions throughout the year. This month, our brilliant colleague Sam Bryant helped us celebrated MHFA Whole Self Day, delivering a talk on how we can bring whole selves into the workplace. Here, she tells us about learning how not to leave an aspect of our personality at the door. 

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Supporting our working parents

Since 2016, we’ve worked hard to establish a flexible and inclusive working culture, working with our colleagues to nurture an environment where productivity is more important than presenteeism. It’s something that’s appealed to the many working parents in our team who this month, have been given even more benefits from OFR. Our head of HR Lucy Kirkup explains. 

Lucy Kirkup

HR Director

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Showing our support for Forever Manchester

We’re big fans of Forever Manchester, donating to the organisation and supporting its events throughout the year. This week, ten of our colleagues showed their love for the charity, attending a birthday party celebration and sponsoring an award, and here our colleague Helen Buckley tells us more.

Helen Buckley

Business Manager

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From water tanks in Mexico to protecting primates in Vietnam, we’re proud to have supported the WLT this year

This year, as we continued our OFR journey to Net Zero, we set upon our Carbon Balancing journey with the World Land Trust (WLT).  The partnership has helped us balance our carbon...

Daniel Codd

Operations Director