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

2015 Annual General Meeting

At noon today Severfield plc held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Aldwark Manor Hotel, YO61 1UF.

A copy of the AGM Trading Update can be found here and for a copy of the Presentation please click here.

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The Romanby Roadies Ride Coast to Coast For Charity

The Romanby Roadies will be taking part in a gruelling cycle challenge in France starting on 5 September. 3 of the riders, Chris Smith (Maintenance), Andrew Sidgwick (Machine Operator) and Martin Derbyshire (Shot Blast Operator). are employed by Severfield at their Dalton site.

Severfield has supported the ride by providing a staff minibus to take the cyclists to and from the airport. Severfield has also arranged for a support vehicle to transport all of the bikes and cycle equipment for the total 5.5 days cycling in France.

The Coast to Coast ride is approximately 580 miles, starting in Biarritz (Atlantic Coast) and finishing in Argeles-sur-Mer (Mediterranean Coast). The chosen route crosses the Pyrenees Mountains, with the longest ascent at 23km long, and overall a height of 41,000ft will be climbed, including the most iconic climbs (Tourmalet, Aubisque and Aspin).

The riders decided that whilst taking part they would like to raise money for a charity, this was also something they had done previously.

It was agreed that they would raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA). A  local charity some of them have had a previous involvement with. Severfield also has a continuous involvement with this charity.

Ahead of their trip the riders answered a few questions:

What drives you? – What are the reasons for taking part?
When you agree to take part in something like this you think it sounds really interesting and that it will be really good. However, when it gets closer, (I think most of the other riders will agree), you start to feel a little apprehensive – as it’s going to hurt both mentally and physically. So, to do this for a charity adds that little bit more encouragement as there are people you know who are sponsoring and supporting you. 

Are you expecting one rider in particular to be the ‘King of the mountain’?
Well if you look at some of the more athletic cyclists…perhaps one of those…?

Who is the ‘Speed Queen’ of the group?
When going downhill it’s undoubtedly every man for himself!

With Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Helen Gowans, Regional Fundraiser at Yorkshire Air Ambulance pictured here with The Romanby Roadies


Due to an increase in the amount of rescues (20% increase on last year), the YAA now needs £12,000 per day to keep providing their invaluable rescue services to Yorkshire. Dealing with severe injuries they take patients to the nearest major trauma centres (these provide 24/7 consultant-led care) and provide patients with the best chance of survival/recovery.

To support this Coast to Coast ride please visit the Romanby Roadies JustGiving page. JustGiving sends your donation straight to the YAA Charity.

You can also donate/sponsor by sending a text message to 70070 with the code: PYAA50 followed by your chosen amount.

Severfield wishes The Romanby Roadies a safe and successful trip. 

2015 Cycle Challenge

Following the huge success of the 2014 ‘Fisher Cycle Challenge’, Severfield (NI) had the task of raising even more money in order to beat their £7,800 raised last year.

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The 2015 bike ride took part on Monday 25 May, with 196 cyclists taking part, many of whom travelled various distances in order to be at the event to either support or take part.

This year’s ‘Fisher Cycle Challenge’ managed to raise an impressive £10,000! This was split across three local charities that were nominated by Severfiedl (NI) staff; TinyLife, Nothern Ireland Hospice and the Regional NeoNatal Unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast.

We would like to thank all of those who helped organise the event, the cyclists that took part and also those who kindly made a donation to these amazing charities.

For more information about these charities please see links below:





Severfield wins at Structural Steel Design Awards

Severfield is delighted to announce that it has received the following top award at the Structural Steel Design Awards.

For the project – Moorgate Exchange, London

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The design of the building was affected by certain aspects, for example avoiding conflict with Crossrail tunnelling which partially overlaps the site’s footprint and also height restrictions due to St Paul’s viewing corridor.

The remit was to provide a dynamic and high quality commercial office with as much letting area as possible. In order to enable this the construction of the steel frame was essential, providing large column-free spans, increasing the floor space and the number of storeys.

The benefit of using steel rather than concrete on this project made the construction much quicker and the lightweight superstructure frame allowed for a raft foundation to be used.

The judges commented that the project was ‘A commercial success thanks to intelligent steelwork’.

The building achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and the highly skilled Severfield construction team worked efficiently, safely and on programme.

Severfield also received the following commendation:

Terminal 2B, Heathrow Airport

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The use of structural steel was essential to delivering the satellite pier to the client’s programme. Using steel plunge columns allowed excavation of the basement by top-down construction while the pier’s structural frame was erected above.

The judges commented that the project was ‘A success for steelwork in a challenging flagship project’.

Severfield, Dalton, raises £635.00 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity (YAA)

Yorkshire Air AmbulanceSeverfield, the UK’s market leading structural steel company has recently raised £635.00 in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The monies have been donated following an initiative by Severfield to provide their workforce at the Dalton site with Severfield branded jackets. The option was then given for recipients of the jackets to make a donation to the YAA.

Commenting on the donation, Gary Wintersgill, Managing Director at Severfield (UK) Ltd said:

“We are delighted with the support and recognition from our workforce at Dalton. The amount raised clearly shows that they understand the fantastic work carried out by the YAA and that it provides a vital service to Yorkshire.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire.

In fact, as a Charity they only receive help via the secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £9990 per day.

Helen Gowans, North Yorkshire Regional Fundraising Manager said, “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this cheque from Severfield, who are regular supporters of ours, particularly in view of the fact that the company is based very close to our Topcliffe base. We must fregularly fly over them on the way to incidents.”

Notice of Final Results

Final Results

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, will announce its Final Results for the period ended 31 March 2015 on Wednesday 17 June 2015.

A briefing for analysts will be held at 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday 17 June at Bell Pottinger’s offices, Holborn Gate, 330 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QD.