Severfield – a construction industry success story

Our sights are now firmly set on the future, sustainable growth and upholding our position as the largest and most successful structural steelwork contractor in the UK.

This is the result of four decades of design excellence, ambition, expansion and pioneering projects which have quite literally put our work on the map.

Read on and take the journey...

Severfield brand transformation

Following a major rebranding process to support the company’s future growth in UK and international markets, the business and its individual companies are all now known as Severfield. This transformation will be bolstered by an internal communications programme to unify the companies as ‘one Severfield’.

The joint venture company in India is still called JSSL.


Group companies merge

Two of the Group’s principal UK trading companies Severfield-Rowen Structures Ltd and Watson Steel Structures Ltd merged.

The new company that was created, Severfield-Watson Structures Ltd, also incorporated Steelcraft Erection Services Ltd.


The Shard, London, 2012

The Shard, London, 2012

Broadgate, London, 2013

Broadgate, London, 2013

JSSL India opens

Official opening of JSW Severfield Structures Ltd, India (JSSL).


New Abu Dhabi project office

A new project office opened in Abu Dhabi.


Indian joint venture

In November 2008 a joint venture agreement was signed in India with JSW Building Systems Ltd (a subsidiary of JSW Steel Ltd) to create a structural steelwork business based in Bellary and Mumbai, India.


Acquisition of Fisher Engineering

The acquisition of Fisher Engineering Ltd, a major construction steel fabricator based in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, extended Severfield-Rowen’s leading market position in the UK and created a stronger presence in the growing Irish steel fabrication market.


Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, 2007

Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, 2007

Significant expansion at Dalton

June 2006 saw further expansion to the Dalton site, with the addition of lines 9 and 10.
Line 9 became the Group's third fully-equipped intumescent fire protection application line, while Line 10 was a valuable addition to the fabrication facility, being responsible for the production of small fabrication items as well as the Group's Offload Safe system.


Acquisition of Atlas Ward Structures

In 2005 the Group acquired Atlas Ward Structures Ltd, a company with its own well-known brand, bringing with it an experienced workforce and a complementary end market and client base.


Fabsec and Watson Steel

The Group’s impressive rate of expansion continued as 2001 saw the addition of a plated section processing line at Dalton following the creation of Fabsec Ltd. This is a joint venture offering beams with bespoke web openings designed for structural and mechanical efficiency, with the added value of a pleasing architectural appearance.

This was followed by the acquisition of Watson Steel Structures of Bolton from Amec, a company of international repute in structural steelwork, with a special expertise and experience of bridges and stadia, and also the acquisition of Tubemasters, a specialist fabricator of tubular steelwork. Production Lines 7 and 8 followed at the Dalton site in 2001 and 2003 respectively, to provide custom-built facilities for the environmentally controlled application of intumescent fire protection paint.


Cambridge University Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park, 2003

Cambridge University Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park, 2003

Dalton site adds Line 5

A fifth production line was added to the Dalton Facility in 2000.


Name change to Severfield-Rowen

The Group Company's name was changed to Severfield-Rowen plc reflecting the acquisition of Rowen Structures.


Baltic Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, 1999

Baltic Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, 1999

First major acquisition

1996 saw the company’s first major acquisition in taking over the business and assets of J N Rowen Ltd of Nottingham, a long established company operating in areas complementing those of the existing Severfield-Reeve business.

Rowen's experience of more complex types of steelwork, coupled with the 'muscle' of Severfield-Reeve, provided a flexible and formidable proposition.

Severfield-Reeve also continued its expansion at Dalton, with the addition of its third and fourth production lines in successive years, 1996 and 1997.


Listing on the London Stock Exchange

The company's progress continued unabated. Its first international contract was obtained in 1993, and 1995 saw the company moved up from the USM to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Innovations and expansion

Following the installation of a second production line, a major technical innovation saw the introduction of the revolutionary floor-mounted handling system in 1990, enabling output to increase dramatically in volume and efficiency. 

We also increased our own erection side of the business by taking over an established steelwork erection company, continuing the pattern of substantial organic growth.

The rapid expansion of the business created the need for restructuring in order to operate more effectively. This was accomplished by the plc creating a number of subsidiary operating companies, each with its own management board.

Severfield-Reeve goes public

In 1988 we became a public company, the name was changed to Severfield-Reeve plc and we became listed on the USM.

This move would facilitate more flexibility in funding the business development programme in the years ahead.


Important foundations were laid

The move to the present location in Dalton with the first production line in 1980 and the change to a limited company in 1983 provided important foundations on which to build future success.

Severfield-Reeve is born

The history of the company, from its start-up as partnership Severfield-Reeve in 1978, has been one of continued profitable growth, resulting from expertise, application, innovation and sheer hard work.

Founder John Severs

Founder John Severs

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