Severfield projects shortlisted for architecture’s top accolade

Two iconic buildings erected by the UK’s leading structural steel specialist Severfield have been shortlisted for architecture’s most coveted accolade.

London skyscraper The Shard, and the Library of Birmingham have both made the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA’s) Stirling Prize.

The Shard 2

Other nominees for the prize, awarded annually to the best new building, include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Manchester School of Art, the London School of Economics and the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, The Shard was described as a ‘thing of great beauty’ by the judges and ‘the most significant addition to the capital’s skyline since St Paul’s.’ They said that constructing the tower, which houses a health clinic, offices, restaurants, hotel, apartments and public viewing gallery on such a tight site, was a “rare achievement”.

The Library of Birmingham, designed by Mecanoo, was also named in a list of the UK’s greatest landmarks by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) last week.

Commenting on the announcement, Severfield’s chief executive, Ian Lawson said: “We are delighted that The Shard and the Library of Birmingham have been shortlisted for this prestigious accolade which recognises design excellence and significance to the evolution of architecture and building.

Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include the Lord’s cricket ground media centre, the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and Severfield’s project, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Party to be held at RIBA in London on October 16, 2014.

Severfield on winning team at the Structural Steel Design Awards

Structural steel specialist Severfield’s expertise on delivering award-winning architecturally significant projects has been recognised in a national industry award.

The Company saw off fierce competition to be handed the award as part of a project team for the eye-catching Splashpoint Leisure Centre in West Sussex at the 46th Structural Steel Design Awards held in London.

Worthing Pool

The awards, sponsored by The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd (BCSA) and Tata recognise the high standard of structural and architectural design attainable in the use of steel and its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation.

The use of steel was fundamental to achieving the project’s architectural concept as the material is ideally suited to provide the required 50m clear span for the main swimming pool with a ‘light’ feel. Steelwork also provided a number of other benefits including a reduced on-site programme and the avoidance of wet trades. It also helped the structure achieve the tight construction tolerances required.

The award was received on behalf of Severfield by Steven Day, deputy managing director at Severfield’s site in Lostock, Lancashire.

He said: “It is very gratifying to be recognised by our peers in the steel industry for delivering an innovative building that is admired by the public and which will serve them for years to come. Everyone involved in the project can be proud of their achievement, which further enhances the reputation of Severfield and highlights the skills of our workforce – not only Lostock, but across our entire business.”

The judges commented: “The architect’s concept of a shaped roof swooping towards the sea has been well executed, with large plate-girder beams, tidy roof details and glazed façades. The team integrated well and the building reflects this.

“This highly successful building is helping to revitalise the town and the steel structure is a key element in its enormous popularity.”

Splashdown Leisure Centre forms the centre piece of an ambitious regeneration launched by Worthing Borough Council and replaces a swimming pool built in the 1960s. The centre, which has been lauded for its iconic architecture, includes three pools and a fitness centre. The project achieved a BREEAM* ‘very good’ rating and is designed to be sensitive to coastal and town centre position.

Splashpoint’s dramatic sawtooth roof, with its ranks of sinuous ridges, recalls a series of dunes that curve and twist towards the coast. This concept, which won a RIBA design competition at the project’s inception, has been recognised at a global level as the project was also declared winner of the World Architecture Festival 2013 Sports Category.

The use of steel was fundamental to achieving the project’s architectural concept as the material is ideally suited to provide the required 50m clear span for the main swimming pool, giving the structure a ‘light’ feel, with high level glazing and transparent façades connecting the pool to the sea. Steelwork also provided a number of other benefits including a reduced on-site programme and the avoidance of wet trades. It also helped the structure achieve the tight construction tolerances, which were essential for the interfaces with the glazing, cladding and importantly the roofing that required a 5mm installation tolerance. Much of the steelwork within the pool area is exposed and as the environment is highly corrosive a three layer paint system was used.

Overall the project is split into two parts, with steel being used to frame and roof over the 50m long main swimming pool area and the adjacent 30m long leisure pool zone. Stability is provided by the two-storey structure housing the changing rooms and fitness centre.

The pool’s signature profiled roof is formed with two 50m long trapezoidal box sections that also transfer loads from the glazed western façade into adjacent parts of the building. For the roof, high grade stainless steel fixings have been used to support the roofing panels.

Coordination of the design was carried out using 3D models, with the architectural and fabrication models overlaid to help with early clash detection, which reduced costs and delays on site.

The fabricated structure, derived directly from the coordinated 3D model, fitted together perfectly on site. This was an impressive achievement, considering the complexity of the ridges, curves, steps and asymmetry of the structure.

Samples of each of the main beams were fabricated to provide quality benchmarks. The flush finish to shop and site welds provided the structure with clean, uninterrupted lines.

For ease of erection, site welding was limited to the mid-span of the two main box section beams by using bolted splices that reduced construction time while also improving site safety. These doubly curved asymmetric beams are subject to biaxial bending, axial compression and torsion as the complex geometry gives rise to a range of imbalanced wind and snow loads.

Moveable floors are fitted to both the diving and competition pools. These allow a full range of users to share the same space – swimming competitions, diving clubs, children’s activities, and water polo – and they provide flexibility over the life of the building.

Energy conservation and environmental friendliness were central to Splashpoint’s overall design. As much as possible, energy usage has been limited to ensure a low operational impact.

Alongside Severfield, the team behind the £18m Splashpoint included architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects, structural engineer AECOM and main contractor Morgan Sindall. The client was Worthing Borough Council.

Severfield Projects Achieve Landmark Status

Three projects delivered by structural steel specialist Severfield have been named in a list of the UK’s greatest landmarks by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The First Direct Arena in Leeds, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and the Library of Birmingham, all Severfield projects, were chosen by the CITB alongside other iconic buildings such as London’s 30 St Mary Axe (‘The Gherkin’).

First Direct Arena 2

Gateshead’s Sage makes up the full list chosen by the board, who will also honour the people who built the chosen five buildings at the Pride of Construction awards in London on September 10, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The First Direct Arena recently hosted the Tour de France opening ceremony and has been established as a premier live performance venue to rival arenas across the UK. Last month the arena beat competition from around the world, including the new Olympic Stadium in Sochi, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, to win the prestigious New Venue of the Year title at the Stadium Business Awards in London.

The Etihad Stadium is the home ground of Manchester City FC and opened in August 2003. Severfield designed, fabricated and erected steel as part of a major redesign following the Commonwealth Games with a lower tier and north stand added to increase capacity. The company is currently working on a project at the stadium, involving 4,000 tonnes of steel.

The Library of Birmingham is a flagship project for the city’s redevelopment and has been described as the largest public library in the UK. The project, which opened to the public in September 2013, yielded a number of awards for main contractor Carillion, including the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Social Impact.

Commenting on this accolade, Severfield’s chief executive Ian Lawson said: “We are delighted that the CITB, as part of its drive to celebrate the industry, have recognised these iconic buildings within its top five landmark projects in the UK. Severfield has played a vital part in enabling the design teams to realise and create their vision for these structures.

“These world-class facilities showcase not only the capabilities of the company, but also the skills of our design, fabrication and erection teams.”

Located in Leeds City Centre, the 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena provides live entertainment, staging more than 140 events a year.

The iconic external honeycombed design combines with ever-changing multi-coloured lights that alter its outside appearance. Severfield provided the connection design, fabrication and erection for the 4,000 tonnes of structural steelwork incorporated into the structure, 80 percent of which is coated in intumescent fire protection paint.

Severfield Project Recognised as Best Tall Building Finalist

Severfield project NEO Bankside has been recognised as a finalist in the Best Tall Building awards 2014 European category by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

NEO Bankside 1

Although not the overall winner, the iconic NEO Bankside residential development, located next to Tate Modern on the cultural South Bank of the River Thames in London, is being honoured as an exemplary project that is ‘deserved of winner status’ by the judging panel made up of industry experts.

Severfield Chief Executive Officer, Ian Lawson, said: “We are delighted that this innovative development has been recognised as a finalist for this prestigious award; which was won by Severfield project The Shard last year.”

The pioneering development features an external bracing system forming a steel diagrid across the facades. These supports carry the weight of each structure, preventing the need for load-bearing walls inside the building and in turn allowing flexible layouts on different floors.

The NEO Bankside building, which was nominated by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, will be featured in an exhibition of all the winning and finalist projects in conjunction with the 2014 CTBUH Awards symposium on November 6.

In addition, as a finalist, the project will be featured prominently in the 2014 CTBUH Awards book, which is produced by the CTBUH and distributed internationally.

For more information about NEO Bankside, watch the video case study produced by The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd (BCSA).

Severfield Announces Its Preliminary Results For Year Ended 31 March 2014

Highlights:

• Underlying* profit before tax of £4.0m (2013: £21.5m loss)

• UK underlying operating margin (before JVs and associates) recovery to 3.3% (2013: -6.0%)

• Share of losses from Indian joint venture of £3.0m (2013: £0.3m loss)

• Period end net funds position of £0.3m (31 March 2013: £41.2m net debt)

• Further restructuring of largest business, Severfield-Watson Structures, concluded successfully

• Operational improvement programme progressing well and continuing

• UK order book steady at £168m at 1 May 2014 (1 November 2013: £172m)

• India order book of £41m at 1 May 2014 (1 November 2013: £34m)

 

Severfield Announces Its Preliminary Results For Year Ended 31 March 2014

Highlights

• Underlying* profit before tax of £4.0m (2013: £21.5m loss)

• UK underlying operating margin (before JVs and associates) recovery to 3.3% (2013: -6.0%)

• Share of losses from Indian joint venture of £3.0m (2013: £0.3m loss)

• Period end net funds position of £0.3m (31 March 2013: £41.2m net debt)

• Further restructuring of largest business, Severfield-Watson Structures, concluded successfully

• Operational improvement programme progressing well and continuing

• UK order book steady at £168m at 1 May 2014 (1 November 2013: £172m)

• India order book of £41m at 1 May 2014 (1 November 2013: £34m)

Severfield plc launches new brand and website

Severfield, the market-leading structural steel group, announces that further to the General Meeting to approve the change of name to Severfield plc, the Company has today formally re-branded and launched its new company website at www.severfield.com.

As part of the Group’s comprehensive strategic and operational review, Severfield’s management initiated a full re-branding programme which included the previously announced change of name and development of a new company website. The re-branding programme encompasses all of the Group’s main operating divisions with the aim of improving internal and external marketing and communications and simplifying Severfield’s branding and naming structure.

Ian Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Today’s brand and company website launch is a major step forward for Severfield forming an integral part of the Group’s overall operation review. Following important feedback from our major stakeholders and customers we understand that in this competitive market it is key to have a single, focused brand and management is delighted to have achieved this.”

 

Severfield plc Directorate Change

Severfield plc, the market-leading structural steel group, announces the appointment of Tony Osbaldiston and Kevin Whiteman to the Board as Non-executive Directors, with effect from 19 July 2014.

In addition, the Company announces that Toby Hayward will retire from the Board on 18 July 2014 having served as a Non-executive Director for six years, including three years as Non-executive Chairman and three years as Chairman of the audit committee.

Mr. Osbaldiston is a chartered accountant having qualified with PwC. He was previously Finance Director of Max Factor UK, Volvo Cars UK, Raymarine plc and FirstGroup plc, where he was also Deputy Group Chief Executive and Chief Executive of FirstGroup America.

Mr. Osbaldiston has been a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee of the BSS Group plc, and Chairman of the remuneration committee of Synstar International plc. He is currently Chairman of Encon, the insulation and building products distributor, and also Non-executive Director and Chairman of the audit and risk committee of the Serious Fraud Office.

Mr. Osbaldiston will take over as chair of the Company’s audit committee following the retirement of Mr. Hayward.

Mr. Whiteman is a chartered engineer and currently Non-executive Chairman of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water, to which he was appointed in 2010 after eight years as Chief Executive of both companies. In 2013 Mr. Whiteman was appointed Chairman of the privately-owned NG Bailey. Prior to his current role at Kelda Group, Mr. Whiteman held positions including Chief Executive of the National Rivers Authority, Regional Director of the Environment Agency, as well as a number of senior positions within British Coal. Mr. Whiteman was previously Chairman for Wales and West Gas Networks (UK) Limited, and has been a trustee for WaterAid UK.

Mr. Whiteman will take over as the Senior Non-executive Director following the retirement of Keith Elliott as previously announced, effective from 21 July 2014.

John Dodds, Chairman of Severfield, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Tony and Kevin to the Board. They both have strong track records and bring a wealth of experience that will be of significant benefit to the Group as it continues its strategic and operational development.

“The Board would like to thank Toby for his extensive contribution and dedication to the Company over a number of years, and we wish him well for the future.”

There is no additional information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph LR9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Details of Proxy Voting for the Resolution of Change of Name

Full details of the proxy voting results for the change of name resolution passed as a special resolution at yesterday’s meeting are as follows:

Votes For % Votes Against % Total VotesValidly Cast % Of IssuedShareCapitalVoted VotesWithheld
233,387,522 99.92 188,972 0.08 233,576,494 78.51 0

Notes:

1. The percentages above are rounded to two decimal places.

2. Votes “for” include discretionary votes.

3. The number of ordinary shares in issue at 2pm on 15 May 2014 was 297,503,587.

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.2R, a copy of the resolution passed by the Company at the General Meeting held on 15 May 2014 has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.