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.

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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.

Macmillan’s ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’

Macmillan Cancer Support celebrated its 25th ‘World’s biggest coffee morning‘ this year. The coffee morning is the charity’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and raised £25 million last year alone.

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The people at Macmillan are passionate in ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. They provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support. They also support the friends and families of those with cancer.

Severfield staff at Dalton took part in the coffee morning by bringing in their baking to sell and buying baked goods from their colleagues.

Macmillan 2015 3Together we raised an impressive £167.10 which the company has kindly rounded up, making Severfield’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support £200.

The efforts gone to from our staff was outstanding and we hope to continue to support the coffee morning next year.

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Nottingham Trent University Recruitment Fair

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Nottingham Trent University is holding a Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair on Wednesday 4 November 11am to 3pm.

The purpose of the event is to provide their students with the opportunity to meet companies to discuss a range of opportunities for 2016.

To date, Severfield is amongst the 70+ companies already registered to exhibit at the fair and will be providing students with information on placements and graduate schemes available.

Information on Severfield’s current vacancies can be found on our Careers page.

Event: Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair
Date: Wednesday 4 November
Time: 11am and 3pm.
Location: Nottingham Trent University, Newton/Arkwright Building, Level 0, City Site