OFA's day out to Stonehenge

This month OFA went on a road trip to the majestic and awe-inspiring Stonehenge. We missed the rain by few minutes and were able to enjoy our leisurely walks in the sunny weather on the grounds.

Looking forward to our next office trip…

A seminar titled A City on the Verge of Unprecedented Change

Peter and Andrew were with more than 150 property professionals gathered at the Sultan Nazrin Centre at Oxford’s Worcester College to hear from some of the key figures in the city’s development

New director at OFA

We are delighted to announce that Peter Newton has been promoted to Director at OFA.

Spring at last!

The first cornflower of the year is out on the green roof. 

Trinity College

OFA is currently working with Trinity College for the Jackson Building Decarbonisation, a Grade II listed building to improve the thermal performance of fabric and energy efficiency

OFA in RIBA Journal

This month’s RIBA Journal has an article about the decarbonisation of Wolfson College’s Powell and Moya campus.  In the article Andrew explains how Zero Carbon was achieved.  It’s a really interesting article which highlights the challenges faced when decarbonising brutalist buildings.  The positive take away is that it is possible!  All thanks to a visionary and tenacious team.

  Decarbonising Wolfson College Oxford | RIBAJ

A visit from Oxford Brookes University students

A group of architectural students from Oxford Brookes University  came to discuss their final third year projects with us. It was very interesting to see their projects and for them to share their ideas with us. Their site is in Blackpool where they are reusing an existing building on the waterfront

Site visit to St Clare's with OBU students

OFA organised a site visit to St Clare’s construction site with third-year architecture students from Oxford Brookes University. Peter joined as the students’ supervisor. We had a walk around with the project director Joelle to see the progress of the project, as well as the various challenges of working with existing buildings and architects’ responses to these constraints. Selin shared her experiences as a Part 2 assistant and answered the questions of the final-year students.

Why adapt our homes to rising temperatures?

OFA attended a seminar in Kellogg College talking about negative effects of heat on our bodies and lives and how we can protect our homes in the future from overheating

Trailblazing women in construction

Constructing Excellence organised an afternoon of women speakers celebrating and sharing their achievements, stories and experiences working in the construction industry.  It was at times a rollercoaster of ups and downs looking at eye-wateringly bad statistics and lack of diversity at every level of the industry but a real indication of slow but gradual change that 93 women and 3 men met to discuss it.  Inspirational speakers from a wide range of backgrounds.  


Gold star for all those that guessed the stair location – Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford


Stunning stair, guess the building?

Progress on St Clare's

The new canopy and entry is taking shape- the rooflight framing is complete and zinc cladding starts next week 

Trinity College- Dining Hall Ceiling

This week the scaffolding in the Trinity College- Dining Hall has finally been completed. The acoustic treatment of the ceiling can now begin. It was a great opportunity to look at this centuries- old ceiling up close.