The Severfield Foundation – donations to our local charities

In 2016, The Severfield Foundation commenced a 24-month partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and raised in excess of £100,000.

Along with supporting our national charity partner during this period, Severfield also had several nominated local charities for each of our company subsidiaries; Bolton Hospice, St Catherine’s, Thirsk Community Care, The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, RNLI, Action Mental Health and Start 360.

Each Severfield subsidiary has organised and taken part in numerous events to support Prostate Cancer UK and their nominated charity/charities during this partnership.

Severfield (NI)

The Severfield Foundation presented an astounding £15,000 to each of the three Severfield (NI) nominated charities.

The main fundraising events held by the company were their ‘Fisher Cycle Challenge’ events, which have been hugely successful for 5 years now. The latest cycle challenge took part in June 2018 and attracted over 250 cyclists – raising over £22,000. Other events Severfield (NI) held during this period were a duck derby, several raffles and Christmas events such as a Christmas Jumper Day.

The funds, matched by The Severfield Foundation, were recently distributed to RNLI, Action Mental Health and Start 360 at the Severfield (NI) office in Ballinamallard.

The Severfield Foundation

On receiving their donation from The Severfield Foundation, Peter Scott from RNLI stated: “I’m quite simply speechless at the amount donated which will go towards a new lifeboat station in the area. We were not expecting anything of this magnitude. This is a tremendous achievement by Severfield and shows the generosity of those working at the site in Ballinamallard. RNLI has thoroughly enjoyed working with Severfield at their fundraising events and, on behalf of the organisation, thank you so much for this incredible donation”.

Start360 CEO, Anne-Marie McClure: “This is an amazing investment in the work of Start360 by the staff team at Severfield and we are so grateful to everyone who has made this donation possible. The money raised will help us sustain and grow our services as we move into 2019.”

Caroline Ferguson representing Action Mental Health commented “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the recipient charities for the 2018 Fisher Cycle challenge, and we commend Severfield (NI) for the strong focus which the organisation has on mental health and emotional well- being. This very generous donation will be used to deliver much needed, high quality services supporting people who are in recovery from mental health issues across our community.”

Severfield (UK) – Lostock

For Severfield (UK)’s Lostock facility in Lancashire, their nominated local charity was Bolton Hospice.

Following various fundraising events, raffles and social activities held by employees, The Severfield Foundation matched funds to proudly present Kathryn Willett (below left) and Kathryn Sheldon (centre) from Bolton Hospice with a cheque for £6,000 earlier this year. Presenting the cheque was Severfield’s General Manager, Andrew Smedley.

The Severfield Foundation

On receiving the cheque, Kathryn Willett said “On behalf of everyone at Bolton Hospice, I would like to say thank you so much for your wonderful donation of £6,000! This will make an incredible difference here at the hospice and to give you an idea, £6,000 could pay for vital oxygen for all our patients for a year! Without amazing people like you, we wouldn’t be here to care for those most in need, your support means the world to us!”

Severfield (UK) – Dalton

At Severfield (UK) in Dalton, North Yorkshire, the local selected charities were The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and Thirsk Community Care.

Throughout the partnership period, the site held fundraising activities such as a ‘Luxury Easter Egg’ and Christmas raffles – both of which were successful in raising money and hugely enjoyed.

The two local charities were each presented with a cheque for £6,000 following matched funding from The Severfield Foundation.

The Severfield FoundationThirsk Community Care, Tina Chamberlain commented “We are very grateful for this donation and would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the Trustees and staff, for the support you have given Thirsk Community Care.”

On receiving their cheque, YAA’s Helen Callear, Director of Fundraising North and East, commented “We would like to thank Severfield for their generosity and ongoing support over the last seven years. Their regular donations help greatly towards the vital funding of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, especially in the rural area of North Yorkshire where they are based. We are incredibly grateful.”

The Severfield Foundation

Severfield (Design & Build)

Severfield (Design & Build)’s nominated local charity was Saint Catherine’s, a charity in Scarborough, North Yorkshire that provides care and support for adults with terminal illness, and their families, carers and friends.

During the period, the Company hosted raffles and their main event – ‘Made of Steel’ mountain bike challenge at Dalby Forest. In its second year, this was hugely successful and popular – helping to raise much needed funds for both Saint Catherine’s and Prostate Cancer UK.

Severfield (Design & Build) colleagues presented Nicky Grunwell (from Saint Catherine’s) with a cheque for £6,000 from The Severfield Foundation in February this year.

The Severfield Foundation

“On behalf of all the patients, staff and volunteers at Saint Catherine’s I would like to say a massive “Thank you” for your very generous donation of £6,000.

Your donation will help us to deliver the 16 different care services free of charge to the local community. Last year our community helped us to care for over 3,000 patients and their families across the 1,600 square miles we cover. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you” – Nicky Grunwell, Saint Catherine’s.



Investment at Lostock – Bay 4

Over the past two years, Severfield has made a substantial investment at Lostock of more than £3m into its factory in Lancashire, with significant improvements being made to ‘Bay 4’. Historically, Bay 4 has produced steel for the 2012 Olympics, Arsenal Emirates Football Stadium, The Shard and more recently Ordsall Chord rail bridge in Manchester, to mention only a few.

Investment at Lostock

A key part of the development has been the purchase and installation of two 50-tonne overhead cranes. Previously, these were 40-tonne cranes, which meant we had limitations on the weight of steel we could lift within Bay 4. By increasing our lifting capacity and capability, we have improved efficiency, can provide larger pieces of fabricated steelwork to our clients – improving our client services – further strengthening our market position.

Here’s a video about our investment at Lostock (also available on our Video Hub)

The investment at Lostock has provided a complete upgrade to the working environment within Bay 4. As well as improving the efficiencies through more flexibility in the space, we have also upgraded lighting, provided dedicated areas for tool storage and installed an integrated services management system. These improvements are all with a view to sustaining our excellent housekeeping and health and safety standards.

Investment at Lostock - Bay 4

These investments complete our ‘Modernisation Programme’ at Lostock and following the installation of our new ‘T&I’ and blasting machines, Bay 4 is now fully prepped to deliver its upcoming large and iconic projects.

The Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019

The Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019 took place on Thursday 7 March at the Hilton Leeds Hotel, where Severfield proudly accepted the ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme’ award.

In 2017/18 our Dalton factory near Thirsk in North Yorkshire recruited 33 trainees who were each welcomed into the company with no prior experience, this comprised of:

  • 11 Trainee Welders
  • 5 Trainee Painters
  • 12 Trainee Loaders
  • 5 Trainee Machine Operators

These employees were then provided with training facilities and in-house training to become fully-trained and fully-competent permanent employees.

Made in Yorkshire

The Company introduced the training scheme to enable inexperienced individuals the opportunity to start a career within the manufacturing/steel industry, receiving on-the-job training. The ages of the new recruits ranged from 18 to 50 – with almost 19% of them being female. Their progress has been formally reviewed every 4 weeks, with each trainee receiving their own tailored training plan.

From recruiting people based on their attitude and willingness to learn, it has not only given opportunities to those who previously might not have had them, but it has also given Severfield a new intake of determined, conscientious and talented colleagues.

The Insider Made in Yorkshire award for ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme’ was presented to Severfield by Martin Booth, Managing Director of Witt UK Group (pictured below with Severfield left to right: Emma Wood, Darren Cowton, Wayne Barron and Antek Sikorski).

Made in Yorkshire

Speaking about the training scheme, Stacey Chalmers, Trainee Painter: “I’d done a variety of different jobs since leaving school. Before coming to Severfield I’d been building water softeners but it wasn’t the job for me and I wasn’t happy. I wanted something better. I wanted a career that I could be proud of, so when my friend’s cousin told me that Severfield was advertising for trainees I jumped at the chance and sent my CV in straight away.

Made in Yorkshire

Stacey Chalmers, Trainee Painter

“I had an interview and was considered for both the Trainee Welder and Trainee Painter roles but accepted the painting role.  At first, we had lots of training in health and safety, manual handling and cranes, but then it was straight out onto the line.  I was paired up with another trainee. The training was very hands-on but I just got on with it.  My mentors have been great.  They’ve really brought me on board.  At first my technique was all wrong, but asking questions is the only way to learn and I’ve had loads of support.  I’ve been here nearly 12 months now and it’s flown by.  It’s the nicest place I’ve ever worked because everyone is really friendly and goes out of their way to help you.  It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I’d like to progress my career here.”


The Company was also shortlisted for two further Made in Yorkshire awards; Manufacturer of The Year (over £25m) and Apprentice of The Year.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Our Apprentices

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. This annual celebration of apprenticeships brings the whole apprenticeship community together, enabling us, along with many other companies, the opportunity to share some of the positive and inspiring people we have working for us.

Severfield is passionate about recruiting apprentices and aim to welcome at least 10 apprentices across Severfield each year, providing placements for Platers, Welders, Maintenance Engineers and Steel Erectors.

We firmly believe that as well as the benefits an apprentice receives from us; a life skill, career and an opportunity to work on some of the UK’s most iconic projects – we, as a company, also benefit hugely from our apprentices invaluable enthusiasm and their willingness to learn new skills and methods that are defined by our own high quality and safety standards.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Speaking on behalf of the Apprentice Platers and Welders at our Lostock factory, Severfield’s General Manager, Andrew Smedley: “We are proud of what they achieve and firmly believe that the future success of our business relies very much on us continuing to train our people, giving them the correct skill set to become tomorrow’s engineers.”

“Not only do we give internal support mentoring and training throughout our apprenticeships, we have also taken a lead role in chairing the ‘Trailblazer Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3’ with training providers and other industry colleagues. The Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship received full approval from the Institute for apprenticeship in January this year and we are now looking forward to delivering the standard along with our training providers.”

We firmly believe that our tomorrow will be built by todays apprentices.

Don’t miss us – as part of our involvement in National Apprenticeship Week – we’ll be at York College tomorrow (Tuesday 5 March 2019) at the Employment Marketplace Event from 3pm-7.30pm.

Interested in hearing about our upcoming apprenticeship opportunities? – Contact our recruitment team at


Severfield Double Bridge Installation

Over the weekend our site team have been incredibly busy with successfully completing two bridge installations. The first accomplishment took place on the M20 Junction 10A project. In preparation for the installation, the east bridge and concrete planks had previously been erected during a 51 hour motorway closure on the weekend of the (11/01/19).

The braced pair plate girders were assembled at our Lostock site and then transported to the M20 site, 24 hours before the final installation took place. On site, the girders were erected using a 500 tonne mobile crane with the concrete planks using 55 tonne cranes during the motorway closure (25/01/19). The instalment of the west bridge took an impressive 30 hours, enabling the motorway to re-open early.

Bridge InstallationsThe second installation of weekend takes us to the Eastwick & Sweetwater H16 Bridge project. This bridge is to give pedestrians and cyclists access over the River Lea Navigation canal. Due to site constraints and limited lay down space the bridge was assembled in the build area.

The assembled bridge was an impressive 37 metre long x 5.4 metre wide and 97 tonne in weight. 4 hours prior to the canal closure the bridge was transported from the build area to the erection site via SPMTs. It was then installed during the closure of the canal within 3 hours.


The Severfield Foundation hands cheque to Prostate Cancer UK for £70,000

Having cycled, hiked and run in dozens of physical challenges over the past 24 months, our employees are rightly proud of their incredible fundraising effort for our former partner charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Between them, they smashed the £100,000 target since the partnership between The Severfield Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK began in 2016.

The Severfield Foundation

Severfield’s Anna Gray and Mark Sanderson (left) presented the £70,000 cheque to Prostate Cancer UK late last year. In total, this brought the overall fundraising to £100,000 during the partnership.













“Because our industry is mainly male, and because it’s one of the UK’s biggest cancers, we knew money had to be ploughed into prostate cancer research,” said Heather Williams, trustee of The Severfield Foundation.

The Foundation chose Prostate Cancer UK as our first major charity partner in 2016, and the collaboration went on to become a shining example of how an organisation that shares our values, can help us deliver our charitable objectives.

“We’d like to thank everyone whose tireless efforts brought the partnership to life, and thank The Severfield Foundation for their commitment to our cause,” says James Beeby, Director of Fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK. “There have been some incredible achievements over the last two years, with staff participating in RideLondon, the London Marathon and Great North Run for us in both 2017 and 2018. Many others also did the Berlin and Paris marathons and our Football to Amsterdam cycle ride, as well as their own challenge events.”

As well as fundraising, many Severfield employees benefited from awareness talks about prostate cancer, learning about the risks, and how to spot signs and symptoms.

James added, “Thanks also to Severfield for generously match-funding all of their employees’ fundraising, we’re able to fund major research into better diagnosis, treatment and prevention to stop the prostate cancer being a killer,” says James. “We couldn’t be happier with the way in which Severfield and their Foundation has supported us over the past two years.”

Towards the end of 2018 The Severfield Foundation selected a new national partner charity for the next two years – Alzheimer’s Society – so that our employees can continue to raise critical funds and spread awareness of dementia.


M20 Junction 10a – East and West Interchange Bridges

The installation of steel beams for the East and West Interchange Bridges for The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, M20 Junction 10a (J10a), is part of a major improvement to reduce congestion and improve road safety.

The beams you see on our video here are three paired bridge sections in weathering steel. Each section measures 42 metres long, 4 metres wide and weighs 94 tonnes.

To safely dispatch the sections to site, Severfield used 14 heavy transport vehicles and required the assistance of police escorts.

M20 M20






Fabrication for these sections started back in September 2018 and assembly will be completed during the weekend of 25 January 2019 with an overall installation time of around 102 hours.

The M20 J10a project has been one of the first to fully benefit from Severfield’s multi-million pound investment in the latest place girder manufacturing technology using our ‘T & I’ line.

The full video is also available on our Video Hub.


One year of passengers over the Ordsall Chord

Today marks one year since the very first passenger train went across the Ordsall Chord, making railway history.

One Year











Linking Severfield’s award winning Manchester Victoria Station with Oxford Road and Piccadilly station for the first time – the project has and will provide great benefits to its passengers and the wider economy.

The project has already won several awards, including the Tekla Global BIM Award for Infrastructure, RICS North West Infrastructure Award, North West Regional Construction Award for Digital Construction, Railway Industry Innovation Awards Major Project of the Year, and British Construction Industry Award for Partnership Initiative

One Year Ordsall Chord











Since it’s opening just one year ago, the project has gone on to win further awards, winning in this years Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA) in October, then, more recently, winning ‘Project of the Year’ at the AJ Architecture Awards on 4 December, where the project was described by judges as ‘a complex project of great ambition, which is beautifully conceived and executed.’

Severfield announces interim results

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, is pleased to announce its interim results for the period ended 30 September 2018.

Continued operational and strategic progress, UK order book of £230m, India expansion underway, full year results in line with expectations


  • Revenue up 9% to £149.1m (H1 2017: £137.1m)
  • Underlying* profit before tax up 2% to £13.1m against a particularly strong H1 2017 profit of £12.9m which included higher than normal profits from certain project completions
  • Interim dividend increased by 11% to 1.0p per share (H1 2017: 0.9p per share)
  • Continued cash generation, resulting in period-end net funds of £25.3m (31 March 2018: £33.0m) after the payment of 2018 final and special dividends (£10.3m)
  • Over 70 projects undertaken during the period in key market sectors including the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC, the retractable roof for Wimbledon No. 1 Court and a new commercial tower in London at 22 Bishopsgate
  • UK order book of £230m at 1 November 2018 (1 June 2018: £237m) comprising more small, lower risk projects
  • Continued good performance from Indian joint venture – share of profit of £0.4m (H1 2017: £0.1m)
  • Improving Indian market position reflected in order book of £124m at 1 November 2018 (1 June 2018: £106m), expansion of Bellary facility now underway

* Underlying results are stated before non-underlying items of £nil (H1 2017: £1.3m):
Amortisation of acquired intangible assets – £nil (H1 2017: £1.3m)
The associated tax impact of the above – £nil (H1 2017: £0.3m)

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Alan Dunsmore, chief executive officer commented:

“Our continued operational and strategic progress has resulted in another period of growth for the Group. In addition to a high quality and stable UK order book, we continue to see good progress in India and have established exciting new organic opportunities for growth.

With our market-leading position, we are well placed to deliver on our strategic objectives and generate enhanced value for our shareholders.”

See the full press release for our interim results on our RNS page here.

Trustees’ Week 12-16 November 2018

Trustees' Week

This week is Trustees’ Week. A week to celebrate the great work that trustees do and to show the opportunities available to each individual, from all walks of life, to get involved and make a difference.

Trustees' Week

Heather Williams, Trustee of The Severfield Foundation

Trustee of The Severfield Foundation, Heather Williams, explains her role as a Trustee and what a difference Severfield’s charity is making to others.

As a Trustee, I am extremely passionate about supporting The Severfield Foundation. Ultimately we, as Trustees, share the same goals and ambitions – to increase awareness and raise the desperately needed funds for research and support for our chosen charities.  

Through The Severfield Foundation, we’ve been able to provide numerous opportunities to colleagues, such as skydives, marathons and cycling events, to help them raise money for worthwhile causes.

Being a charity Trustee gives me the chance to make a difference, to encourage colleagues to get together for a common goal – it’s something I am extremely proud to be a part of.

The Severfield Foundation

We’ve previously partnered with Prostate Cancer UK and now our charity partner is Alzheimer’s Society, with our first event being ‘Elf Day’ on Friday 7th December. Hopefully we will have lots of colleagues taking part and it will be a great start to our partnership.”