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1960 - 1970: Rapid growth and worldwide challenges

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The firm grows and orders come flooding in – from sugar silos to infrastructure, from wastewater treatment plants to a camel slaughterhouse.

Towards the end of the decade, the firm has no less than 400 employees, a quarter of them based outside Denmark.

The volume of orders has also increased dramatically and includes low-cost roads and Tamale Airport in Ghana, the Danish Embassy in Paris, a nuclear research facility in Geneva, a 600-bed hospital in Kolding, Denmark, residential housing on the permafrost in Greenland, a tourist village in Tunisia, and sugar silos all over the world.

With infrastructure, buildings, installations, swimming pools and wastewater treatment plants, all the specialist areas within the firm are now up and running.

Tracking down new orders

The firm sends an engineer abroad on a fact-finding mission. He returns with a number of new orders, including cotton mills, bridges and eight oil tanks to be installed in Cairo.

Elsewhere, there are orders for bridges in Lebanon and Iraq, a railway bridge across the Euphrates, a number of dams, and a camel slaughterhouse.

Suspension bridges become a speciality

In 1960, two suspension bridges at Uittamo and Pargas in Finland mark a significant technical breakthrough for the firm's bridge building division. These bridges form the basis for an outline design for a new, groundbreaking motorway bridge across the Little Belt in Denmark.

War gets in the way

In Iraq, Ostenfeld & Jønson design, among other things, new sewage treatment plants for five large cities. The unstable political situation requires great diplomacy on the part of the consulting engineers.

Their local liaison, a government minister, falls out of favour midway through the project and is jailed. And when the firm is about to start work on a large motorway project from Baghdad to the Turkish border, war breaks out between Iraq and Iran and all plans to conduct aerial measurements have to be abandoned.

Concrete assistance

When the Emir of Bahrain needs concrete specialists to save his rundown government building, he enlists Ostenfeld & Jønson.

This becomes the first of many projects in the Persian Gulf region, and the firm establishes offices in both Bahrain and Oman.

LAST UPDATED: 20.07.2017