As the UK’s market-leader in structural steel, we are continuing to drive forward operational productivity by investing in world class technology.
Nothing demonstrates this more than our investment in our £2million state-of-the-art ‘T & I’ plate girder line at our production facility in Lostock, Bolton, which is set to significantly develop our capability within the bridge market.
Following on from the employment of a team specialising in structural bridge work, there has been a specific focus on growing and diversifying expanding markets such as the infrastructure sector. This, coupled with the state of the art ‘T & I’ line in Lostock, puts Severfield at the forefront of the sector.
The ‘T & I’ line, which will supplement existing plate girder lines at the our Dalton site in North Yorkshire, is the biggest of its kind in the UK and capable of building steel beams of up to 3.5 metres in depth and 1.5 metres in width; a ‘T & I’ plate girder line assembles flat plates into the distinctive top ‘T’ sections and the vertical ‘I’ sections. This, in addition to further investment in an on-site paint shop and enhanced blasting facilities, will enable us to deliver up to 95% of the current bridge market. This investment comes at a very significant time, with HS2 on the horizon.
Commenting on the investment, Severfield (UK) Managing Director, Gary Wintersgill, said: “The investment at our facility in Lostock enables us to build on our capability as the UK’s largest bridge provider and deliver not only the volumes required by the market, but also the productivity benefits from modern state-of-the-art equipment”.
The investment in the ‘T&I’ plate girder line follows on from the successful completion of the Ordsall Chord project in Manchester, which was completed late last year. Severfield fabricated and constructed many different elements of the Ordsall Chord, including the world’s first asymmetric network arch rail bridge which is now an iconic part of the Manchester skyline.