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.

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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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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.

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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.”

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.”