Are you the type of person who is problem-orientated or solution-orientated? Most people would probably say with some passion ‘of course I’m solution-orientated!’ This is good to hear, as successful companies need a solution-orientated team. It is all too easy to state the problem and leave it at that. For those of us with a solution-orientated mindset, we automatically seek out ways to solve issues and won’t stop till we find them!

Sharon Whiting-McKay, Senior Associate explains how this approach underpins OOBE’s success.

This year is our 10th anniversary and as we have continued to develop and grow, we’re proud to say that a solution-orientated approach runs right through our team and provides reassurance for both clients and all the co-consultants we collaborate with.

We will always push the boundaries of what can be achieved and refusing to settle for second best. This philosophy has enabled us to deliver some truly stunning schemes. Schemes that embrace the concepts of placemaking to ensure they are and will be enjoyed by countless communities across the UK for years to come.

Most recently this solution-orientated approach was demonstrated on NUCASTLE, the new home of Newcastle United Sport Foundation Centre. Working alongside Ryder Architecture, we worked hard to accommodate tree preservation orders and a larger building footprint. This saw us digging into existing site levels, manipulating the landscape to maintain level access whilst avoiding an existing sewer route. This state-of-the-art hub for sports, education and wellbeing will provide first-class facilities for all ages of the community.

And there’s no denying it is lovely when our solution-orientated approach helps to deliver projects that receive wider recognition. This year The Biosphere on Newcastle Helix won the RICS Social Impact Awards North East category and in November the AHR-designed Huddersfield University Barbara Hepworth Building and the Faulkner Browns-designed Durham University Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre were shortlisted as Regional Civic Awards Trust finalists. We wish them the very best of luck in next year’s ceremony.