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.”

Award success for Severfield at the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016

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Severfield, the UK’s leading structural steel company, is delighted to announce it has won the Best Infrastructure Project Award at the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016.





Following on from the success at the UK Awards earlier this year, Severfield, as part of The Northern Hub Alliance, has learned that it has also achieved global victory for the Ordsall Chord project in Manchester.

The Ordsall Chord forms part of Network Rail’s multi-billion-pound North of England Programme, which is an impressive project aiming to transform rail connectivity in the north of England, allowing hundreds more trains to run each day, ultimately creating space for millions more passengers each year and will, for the first time, directly link all five of Manchester’s city centre railway stations.

To achieve this, a short length of the Chord will be supported on a new viaduct, and the existing Victorian brick arch railway viaducts that it connects, will be extensively altered. In total, 3.2km of existing railway track, almost entirely supported on viaducts, is to be upgraded. New structures will be built to accommodate 350m of new track, and a further 345m of existing viaduct will be widened.

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To deliver the Ordsall Chord project, the Northern Hub Alliance was formed and made up of Network Rail, Siemens, Amey Sersa JV, Skanska BAM JV, AECOM Mott MacDonald JV and Severfield.

The Alliance was formed to allow all parties to work closely together throughout the design development stage. It was recognised that certain aspects of the civil engineering works were particularly critical to the delivery programme, and from a very early stage, Severfield was engaged as the key steelwork subcontractor.

At an awards ceremony in Warsaw, Poland last week, Severfield Project Manager Jarrod Hulme collected the award alongside fellow members from the Northern Hub Alliance.


Left to right: Gabriel Neve – AECOM, Jarrod Hulme – Severfield, Jason Hyde – Mott MacDonald


Jarrod said: “It was a great honour to collect this global award, which demonstrates how working collaboratively from an early stage really does help in the successful design and delivery of a project. Using Tekla detailers and value engineering experience from myself, we quickly developed a relationship that identified positive ways of helping both the engineer and the fabricator to build the best structure possible.”

Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016

The Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016 shortlist has been announced, with Severfield projects being listed within two categories.

Infrastructure project: Ordsall Chord

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The Ordsall Chord project plays a key part of Network Rail’s multi-billion pound project to improve and transform the train connectivity within the north of England.

Severfield (UK) Ltd was appointed the steelwork package at an early stage. Using Tekla Structures software enabled Severfield to provide their expertise and assistance in developing the design models required. Fabrication detailers were incorporated into the design teams to understand the designs/models and how they have been developed, ahead of fabrication.

You can place your vote for the Ordsall Chord project to win the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016 here.

Commercial project: South Bank Tower

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South Bank Tower was the redevelopment of a 1970’s office in London which was previously empty and unoccupied. The original structures were an 8-storey podium with a 30-storey tower, both constructed from reinforced concrete.

The use of Tekla was paramount for making this project a success and aided with design and creation of solid steel billet ties which were placed between floors on the 11-storey extension. This effectively meant that the extension was ‘hung’ from the extended core using a mix of cantilever steelwork, lightweight concrete floor slabs and a tension bar system.

South Bank Tower now offers both office and retail space and accommodation, the majority of which is in the tower building, along with the apartment complex. The building is now a feature to the London skyline and provides its residents with remarkable views of London.

You can support Severfield (NI) Ltd and place your vote for the South Bank Tower project to win the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016 here.

Severfield appoints Phillipa Recchia as Group SHE Director

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Severfield, the UK’s market-leading structural steel company has appointed Phillipa Recchia as Group SHE Director.

Joining Severfield from Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, Phillipa also worked as Corporate Head of Health and Safety at global industries services company, KAEFER Group.

Phillipa has over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and a strong background in behavioural safety.

Commenting on Phillipa’s appointment, Severfield Chief Executive Officer, Ian Lawson said “We have implemented behavioural safety training across our entire business, reinforcing best practice for all our people. Phillipa’s expertise in this area will ensure that we continue to take this good work forward.”

Phillipa Recchia added: “I am delighted to be joining the company and will be working closely with each location to embed the training already carried out and further determine the strategic direction Severfield takes for health and safety.”

Seversafe Edge Protection System

Seversafe is a customised brand of safety systems that have been developed by Severfield.

The Seversafe Edge Protection System is a valuable asset to the Company, promoting safety across all of our projects.

Please click the image below to be taken to the Seversafe Edge Protection System video.

Edge Protection H&S


Severfield announces Interim Results for the period ended 30 September 2015

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six month period ended 30 September 2015.

Ian Lawson, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“I am delighted to announce another six months of good progress at Severfield. We have achieved growth in revenue, profits and cash generation, year-on-year margin increases and also remain on track for continuing margin improvement.

We remain very active in our chosen sub-sectors of focus, specifically construction and infrastructure and our order book remains solid at £185m and the pipeline healthy. The order book comprises a good balance of small and medium-sized projects, and could have been even greater had some of our larger prospects not been subject to material delays in mandates being awarded. We expect the Group’s performance to continue to improve, supporting cash generation, investment, the achievement of our growth expectations and the maintenance of our progressive dividend policy.”

A copy of the interim results presentation can be found here.

Bake-a-thon for Bolton Hospice

Severfield staff at Lostock held a ‘Bake-a-thon’ on Thursday 15 October to help raise money for the Bolton Hospice. The Hospice provides support and specialist care for those with life-limiting illnesses and is a charity mainly funded by the generosity of local people, such as those at Severfield, Lostock.

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The Bake-a-thon was a huge success and the impressive sum of £400 was raised from the kind donations of our staff. Many people brought in their home baked cakes and treats (images above) and there was a competition drawn for the best overall cake, won by Sam Gaskell, Estimator (image below).


As a company, we are passionate about supporting both national and local charities.

Well done to all those who contributed to this event and we look forward to next year’s Bake-a-thon.

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Notice of Interim Results – ended 30 September 2015

Severfield plc, the market-leader in structural steel, will announce its Interim Results for the period ended 30 September 2015 on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

A briefing for analysts will be held at 9.00am on 24 November at Bell Pottinger’s offices: 6th Floor, 330 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7QD.

Copies of Severfield’s Company Reports are available for download here.

Putting the UK steel crisis into perspective

The triple hit of SSI, Caparo Industries and Tata has rocked the UK steel industry over the past weeks and has been a devastating blow for all the employees and families affected by the job losses.

Raising the issues that affect steel production is really important to ensure that we can retain a strong steel industry in the UK; but, the volume of negative press doesn’t provide the whole story.

You could be forgiven for thinking that we will shortly see stalled projects across the UK with partly completed steel structures driven by a lack of available steel.

This is not the case.

Severfield is the UK’s largest structural steel contractor to the construction industry and we do not envisage any supply issues of steel for our projects.

We purchase the vast majority of our steel from the UK but one of the major challenges for the UK steel industry is that there is global overcapacity in steel making. This means there will be no supply constraints for UK structural steelwork contractors.

Around 35 per cent of steel for the construction industry is sourced from the UK. This wide availability of products acts as a market regulator which continues to make steel a very cost effective material choice at the moment.

It is also worth noting that UK produced steel sections, the main type of steel used in the construction industry, has not been affected by any of the announcements.

The demand for structural steel is increasing in response to the UK’s growing construction industry.

The advantages of speed and certainty of delivery continue to make steel an attractive choice.

We are sitting on a robust order book and a promising pipeline of future projects.

We do not foresee any capacity constraints that could impact on our ability to provide the construction industry with the on time delivery and service levels, which our reputation is built on.

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We absolutely support calls for a level playing field for UK steelmaking as a UK supply of high quality steel creates a competitive and efficient market, which in turn supports the UK economy.

However, it is also wrong to paint the picture that all aspects of constructional steelwork are affected equally by these issues.

The construction industry can rest assured that the current issues surrounding some elements of UK steel making will not affect the ability of structural steelwork contractors, such as us, to deliver current and future orders.