Oscar Faber has always worked for high-profile clients – its first ever project was to design the Bank of England building in Threadneedle Street back in 1921. Not long after that, the original Mr Faber helped refurbish the Houses of Parliament. More recently, the company has been involved in the conversion of Somerset House into a museum and galleries and the restoration of Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire. Such high profile projects have pushed up profits 25% a year, from £2m in 1997 to £3.9m in 2000, on sales of £43.1m. The St Albans-based company has two distinct areas of business. Its building engineering consultancy designs internal structures and systems such as heating, lifts and lighting for new buildings, while the transportation planning arm consults on major road and rail projects. While UK firms as a whole are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified engineers, Oscar Faber, which now has 14 offices across the country, runs a successful sponsorship scheme for undergraduates in order to “find talent at a young age”.
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