The whole OFR team has been in the Lake District this week. Our Graduates arrived on Tuesday for technical sessions, then the rest of the team arrived on Wednesday, bringing with them poster presentations about projects and challenges, and a presentation from each office about what our values are.
Over dinner one of the UK’s most successful track athletes, Diane Modahl joined us to talk about dedication and focus setting in your career, as well as the struggle of overcoming adversity to succeed.
Some of our newest and brightest team members talked about residential design, ALARP and the truth about facade risks. As a team we took on technical challenges set by Mike Spearpoint, examining the fire engineering process and Ryan McCreadie gave some of us role play as approvers whilst others practised their pitch.
This morning the fabulous Steve Watts from Alinea and CTBUH talked us through why tall buildings exist, what affects their viability and what shapes them. Pragmatism, symbolism and a sprinkling of capitalism perhaps. Then Martin Allinson from Laing O’Rourke brought us the benefit of his 40 year career in Contracting, explaining the reality of tendering, winning and delivering projects as a world leading contractor.
In between we’ve chatted, enjoyed a drink together and every morning or evening a few of us have set out for a run, a ride or even a spot of fishing!
This has been an opportunity to reflect on what our values are, whether they’ve changed over the past 3 years and how we make sure that the decisions that we make reflect the values we hold dear.
The last 4 days have reasserted that we remain technically focussed, we value and recognise our independence, we invest in innovation, we invest in people and we invest time, money and effort in working with the wider construction, academic and fire engineering communities.