Mike Otlet and Mike Stephens first worked together at Anthony Hunt Associates. It is here they developed their passion for architecture and design, inspired by the work of Tony Hunt and the architectural practices he worked with. Here they worked with respected architects; Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw and Chris Wilkinson.
In the mid-nineties they joined Atkins Ltd in Oxford, where for the past twenty years they have had significant involvement in major international projects such as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the Metro in Dubai and the new airport in Jeddah.
Our newest Director, Simon Ho, joined the company six months after it was formed. Sharing the same passion for architecture and design, he worked with “the Mike’s” whilst at Atkins, delivering several exciting, high profile projects. Prior to this Simon worked for over ten years with Buro Happold, where he designed and delivered a number of award winning projects including Aviva Stadium and the Emirates Airline
With the establishment of OPS Structures, the team has now moved into a new phase of its successful partnership, returning to their roots in Cirencester to focus once again on designing great buildings.
The team has worked in close collaboration with the University of Bath and major UK technical and professional institutions over a number of years, providing technical input into standards and guides and shaping the future of structural engineering.
Through this work the team has had access to the most up-to-date research and technical standards, whilst still in their development stages (and prior to publication), giving the team the opportunity to adopt new ways of working. As a consequence, OPS will continue to design buildings and drive an interest in creating economical and efficient buildings using the very latest materials and techniques.
Facade engineering is a key to the success of most new buildings and has become the pinnacle of design, requiring skills in engineering, architecture and manufacturing in all materials from stainless steel, and aluminium through to glass. The team is delighted to be able to offer these services to their clients.