In May 2019 I’ll be taking part in an expedition to Malawi to volunteer at Rainbow Hope Secondary School. I'll be joining a group of other women engineers, project managers, designers and medical professionals to design and build a STEM classroom alongside the existing school.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has awarded planning consent for the regeneration of Olympia in London. We are proud to be a part of the design team delivering the £700 million project on behalf of our client Yoo Capital; we worked on the planning application for the transformation of the landmark 130-year-old listed building - one of London’s most treasured structures…
Turkey sandwiches, our own brew and Gremlins on the TV. It’s a steady start to our Christmas night out for the Manchester team!
Merry Christmas one and all!
Last spring we were approached by a client who needed some advice about their shopping centre. The conclusion was that some evacuation modelling was required and Mike and Charlie from our Manchester office set about delivering the analyses.
Almost immediately, they started questioning where the occupancy data had come from. This sparked one of our many in-office discussions. I grabbed a cuppa and we talked through this most fundamental data requirement.
A few weeks later, after Charlie and Mike had descimated the long standing presumptions about occupancy data, they decided to turn the investigation into a paper. And here it is, published and peer reviewed.
I think some companies would have just told Mike and Charlie to use the standard data, or to stop wasting time and money. But that’s not our mindset. We formed this business to change how fire engineering is delivered and to do that you need to set your sights on the loftiest technical concepts, but sometimes also check you are stood on firm ground when doing so!
It’s been a busy month for me…
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the IALCCE (The Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering) in Ghent, Belgium.
We also asked everyone to think outside of work and how people find “my space” a space to breathe, take stock and recharge. We did this by asking everyone to share an image and short piece of text. These were personal statements, quite revealing in some cases, inspirational in others. Over the next few weeks we’ll share those thoughts.
The fire engineering consultancy formerly known as Olsson Fire & Risk UK Ltd has today rebranded in the UK as OFR Consultants, a move which comes after a successful year operating as a fully UK-owned business.