World Diabetes Day 2017

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About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was established in 1991 by the World Health Organisation and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This was in response to a growing concern around the increasing health threat posed by diabetes. The campaign aim to advocate the efforts made by IDF and also promote the importance of confronting diabetes as a critical global health issue.

Today is ‘World Diabetes Day 2017’, and with approximately 1,400 employees, Severfield would like to support the Day by sharing a recent story about one of our colleagues, Sam Burrows. Sam has type 1 diabetes and has recently taken part in a charity cycle ride, raising money for JDRF.

Sam’s Story

“I was 15, with my family in Ibiza, when the symptoms came. I needed to urinate about 20 times a day. And then my eyesight started to go. It was really scary. Within two weeks I lost two stone. I was in quite a bad way.

“It didn’t take long for the medics to diagnose type 1 diabetes – my father had it, although he didn’t get the symptoms until he was 32. “My pancreas wasn’t producing insulin, so I have to constantly monitor and regulate my blood sugar levels. I was taught how to inject. It was quite hard at first, but I soon got the hang of it.

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“I have to inject myself every time I eat, and a long-lasting shot in the evening gets me through the night. There’s no cure yet, so as it stands I’ll be doing this all my life. That’s why I did the bike ride. “The ride was a grueller. Between the four of us we got six punctures, but we just pushed on. Ten miles into day one and it started to pour down, and it just didn’t stop – even when we got to Calais!

“By day two my knee went. It was incredibly sore. But I cracked on – because I knew everyone back home was rooting for me. We raised just upwards of £7,000, and I’d had great support from everyone at work.

“John McGuinness, our Health and Safety Advisor, has been brilliant. John worked with JDRF, so they could come and place money pots all around the site. “They gave a brilliant Toolbox Talk too –explaining exactly what type 1 diabetes is. I think that helped dispel a lot of myths.

“That’s another reason I did the ride – to show that people with type 1 diabetes can be fit and healthy but still suffer from the disease. I mean, how many people can say they have ridden from London to Amsterdam, and have had to inject themselves along the way.”

For further information about diabetes or for help and advice, see useful links below:

Diabetes UK
Tel: 0345 123 2399

Tel: 0207 713 2030

World Diabetes Day

The Severfield Foundation Raises £55,000 for Charity in its First Year

In Spring 2016, Severfield plc, the UK’s leading structural steel company, set up The Severfield Foundation (the Foundation); its very own registered charitable incorporated organisation.

The Severfield FoundationThe Severfield Foundation

One year in, and Severfield is delighted to announce that throughout its first year, The Severfield Foundation has raised an impressive £55,000, which is to be split between partner charity Prostate Cancer UK and a selection of other charities local to Severfield sites. These include the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Bolton Hospice, Saint Catherine’s Hospice (Scarborough), Cancer Connect NI, Fermanagh Stroke Association and Jengana, as well as supporting a number of local community projects.

Each year, the Foundation will continue to support a major partner charity. For 2016/17, Prostate Cancer UK was chosen, with the intention of raising much needed funds and awareness of prostate cancer. With the Severfield workforce being predominantly male and 1 in 8 men in the UK getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives, this was believed to be a very relevant partnership.

The Severfield Foundation

Foundation Trustee and Severfield Legal Director, Mark Sanderson, said: “After only one year, we were delighted that The Severfield Foundation has raised such an incredible amount in such a short time. It is testament to the hard work, commitment and generosity of our employees who are at the forefront of our fundraising activities, contributing to and taking part in events throughout the year. As the Foundation continues to develop, we hope to see it grow into an even more successful charitable trust supporting local communities and charities across the UK.”

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK added: “I want to thank Severfield for their continued support over the past year and for raising an incredible £25,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The employees have had an incredible impact on increasing awareness of the disease, both amongst the public but also with staff. “It is thanks to the dedicated support and funds from Severfield that we have been able to raise money and vital awareness in order to push forward with our goal to tame prostate cancer in the next ten years. For this we are extremely grateful.”

Severfield annual results announced

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, is pleased to announce its annual results for the 12 month period ended 31 March 2017.

Continued strategic and operational progress across the Group with a 50% increase in underlying profit before tax and a 53% dividend increase.

A copy of the full press release is viewable here.

The new Severfield trailer, innovation at its best

Severfield has worked closely with Montracon to produce a specialist and bespoke trailer to transport our plant/equipment, safely.

Gareth McCormick, Group Plant Supervisor at Severfield, said “We had a requirement for a new trailer system and wanted to create something that was unique to us. When designing, we considered our plant fleet and the requirements of adding tailored safety features.”

With safety being of paramount importance to Severfield, it was essential to take into account the welfare of both the driver and anyone else who may be on the trailer during the loading and/or unloading process. This was a key consideration during the development stage of which we were greatly assisted by the team from Montracon throughout.











Our driver, Dave Walker, was also involved during the design as he has vast understanding of the positioning of the plant when it is loaded and the constraints that we were currently facing with the old trailer.

Some of the features that formed part of the design:

  • Air assisted ramp
  • A gate system fitted to the front of the trailer to allow safe access from the tractor unit
  • Side posts and sockets to secure back loads if required
  • Integrated toast rack storage for walkway
  • Twin strap edge protection full length of the trailer both sides
  • Walkway provided with a 300mm wide galvanised walkway sections and pull out supports
  • Fitted rear camera
  • Hydraulic ramps with side shift to suit all plant

Severfield’s Ordsall Chord journey

Following the impressive works at that took place at the Ordsall Chord project over the 2016 festive period, the 22 February arch lift was hugely anticipated.

With 18 months of prior planning, the 600-tonne lift saw the iconic arches being carefully installed over the River Irwell and inched into their final position. This section will provide a major part of the railway link between Piccadilly and Victoria stations and transforms the Greater Manchester skyline.

Ordsall Chord

This successful lift and significant event was an especially proud moment for all of Severfield and the Northern Hub Alliance partners.

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Click here to see our video, which gives an insight to some of the preparation that took place on site and shows the 22 February final lift.

Severfield steelwork on track at Ordsall Chord

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Ordsall Chord

The Ordsall Chord will provide 300 metres of new railway track, creating a link between Manchester’s main train stations; Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Severfield’s award-winning Manchester Victoria Station. Once completed, the Ordsall Chord will also provide increased capacity, more frequent trains and less congestion at Manchester’s main stations.

This project is part of Network Rail’s multi-billion-pound North of England Programme, which is an impressive scheme aiming to transform rail connectivity in the north of England and boost economic growth.

For the delivery of the Ordsall Chord project, the Northern Hub Alliance was formed, made up of; Network Rail, Siemens, Amey Sersa JV, Skanska BAM JV, AECOM Mott MacDonald JV and Severfield. Being part of this alliance has enabled Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), which was essential during the design stage as certain aspects of the civil engineering works were particularly critical for programme delivery.

Christmas and New Year Works 2016

Following 12 months of careful planning, Severfield successfully installed 2 new bridges and 6 bespoke Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) gantries during a 16-day construction blockade over the 2016 Christmas period.

On day 5 of the blockade, Severfield erected both a 300-tonne structure to the Chord (OCD-1) and a 190-tonne replacement bridge (COL-125). These were carefully positioned using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) all within a 24-hour period, then handed over to the client. Prior to this final construction stage of these sections, Severfield had placed these onto temporary trestles back in August 2016 to enable other trades to complete their works on these sections, such as concrete and decking.

Day 10 of the blockade saw Severfield successfully erect 2 bespoke OLE portals within the timeframe allocated. On the final day, the line was handed back to Network Rail, completed, and with trains running smoothly.

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This was a successful operation, a great way to end 2016 and will play a key role in the new and improved North of England rail plan.

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Our projects; Ordsall Chord and Manchester Victoria Station are due to feature in tonight’s episode of Great British Railway Journeys on BBC2 at 6:30pm (Episode 6: Blackpool to Manchester Victoria). If you miss tonight’s episode, the programme will be available shortly after broadcast on BBC iplayer.

Severfield secure £29m worth of projects in India

Severfield plc, the market leading structural steel group, announces that JSW Severfield Structures Ltd (JSSL), its 50:50 joint venture in India with JSW Steel Ltd, has recently been awarded a number of geographically diverse projects across India with a total value of £29 million (245 crores).

Contract highlights

  • two high rise towers for a commercial complex in Kerala;
  • a large parking facility in Karnataka;
  • two industrial projects in Maharashtra and;
  • a technology building near Delhi

The contracts were awarded due to JSSL’s full design, fabrication and site erection capability, and its reputation for consistently delivering high quality products and services within differentiated programme times.

Ian Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Severfield plc, commented:

“JSW Severfield Structures Ltd, our Indian joint venture, continues to perform steadily and develop a strong pipeline of work from new clients. These contracts are reflective of our ability to provide clients with world class engineering and bespoke design services.”

Severfield interim results announced

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, is pleased to announce its interim results for the 6 month period ended 30 September 2016.

69% increase in underlying profit before tax, 40% dividend increase and highest order book for over six years

Click here to see Ian Lawson, CEO, commenting on these latest results.

You can also read the full press release on our RNS page.

Severfield secures contract wins worth £72 million, including 22 Bishopsgate

Severfield plc, the market leading structural steel group, announces that it has recently secured six new contracts worth £72 million including being appointed to work on the development of 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London.

22 Bishopsgate

22 Bishopsgate, London (Image ©Martin Richardson, River Film)

Contract highlights:

Appointment as steelwork contractor to support Multiplex in the construction of the 22 Bishopsgate (net internal area of 1.4 million sq. ft.) by providing superstructure structural steelwork and metal decking.

22 Bishopsgate was acquired in 2015 by AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets, acting on behalf of a consortium of international investors, to develop a new building together with its development partner Lipton Rogers Developments.

Designed by PLP Architecture, 22 Bishopsgate will be an exceptional office tower with art and amenities, shaped to respect views of the City.

It has been conceived to be more than an office building and will offer a curated programme of social and activity-based spaces, as well as restaurants, bars and retail units, as a new vertical campus which reflects the City’s ever more diverse occupier base.

Five other contracts including:

A commercial office development in the Midlands
Two distribution centres in the South East
A research and development complex in Manchester; and
An extension to a retail complex in London

Ian Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Severfield plc, commented:
“We are delighted to announce these new contract wins and are excited to be working with Multiplex on such a high profile development as 22 Bishopsgate. This further demonstrates the breadth of the Group’s capabilities and the quality of our order book.

The Group has a longstanding history of working on iconic London buildings such as The ShardLondon Bridge Station Canopies and Wimbledon Centre Court. Our design, experience and engineering skills have resulted in a strong pipeline across a range of sectors.”

Severfield’s Partnership With Women Into Construction

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women into constructionSeverfield, the UK’s market-leading structural steel company, is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Women Into Construction, to help support women seeking employment within the construction industry.

The number of women working in the construction sector today is incredibly low, in particular on construction sites where only 1% of workers are female, whilst across the wider industry it is slightly higher at 11%.

Women Into Construction is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction. They provide bespoke support and training for women wishing to work in the industry, as well as assisting contractors such as Severfield, to recruit highly motivated and skilled women, creating more gender diversity within the workforce.

As leaders in structural steel, Severfield has worked on many iconic structures such as The Shard, the 2012 London Olympic Stadium, the Emirates Stadium, Wimbledon Centre Court and more recently the Anfield Main Stand expansion for Liverpool Football Club. This partnership will have a significant impact on creating more gender equality within the business, particularly in engineering roles.

Commenting on the partnership, Sian Evans, Group HR Director at Severfield said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Women Into Construction. It is really important that we recognise the business benefits that diversity can bring and remove the barriers that women perceive exist to entering our industry. Our partnership with Women Into Construction will enable us to offer work experience in structural steel to women starting out in their careers, as well as to those returning to paid work.”

Kath Moore, Managing Director of Women Into Construction added: “We are thrilled to be working with Severfield as the UK’s leading structural steel company and believe this partnership will create many exciting opportunities for the women we are working to support. We know that the construction industry is male dominated and it is our mission to change the face of construction by building strong connections with businesses such as Severfield, to help create the much-needed opportunities for a more gender-diverse workforce.”