BS Steels is engaged currently with probably its most challenging project to date. Working with Highways England, Connect Plus and Osborne, we are strengthening the welds on the underside of the viaduct spans on the M25 Gade Valley Viaduct.

The Gade Valley Viaduct, by Junction 20 of the M25, carries the motorway over the Grand Union Canal, the River Gade, a major road and the main London-Birmingham Railway. By any standards, therefore, it represents infrastructure critical to the UK’s economy.

This will also be our longest continuous project, with a dedicated team likely to be on site for several years, and the need to phase work according to traffic needs.

By clicking on the images below, you can inspect a set of strengthening plates, fitted over existing butt welds, under one span (of 10) of the viaduct. Under this span alone, there will be a total of 43 stiffener locations, with some 300 plates and 9000 TCB bolts.

Preparation for this project started back in 2015, when BS Steels was asked to replicate a 9-metre section of the motorway viaduct, including the existing flaws and imperfections, to enable practice strengthening works ahead of the actual project.

The replica section was then transferred to below the viaduct, in order that trials could be carried out in as true-to-life conditions as possible. These trials established the most suitable treatments for repairs to welds; the safest and most efficient ways of installing doubler plates; and the optimal bolt tightening sequence to achieve strictly controlled torquing values. As each test repair was carried out, non-destructive testing monitored their effects, confirming or refining theoretical calculations.

BS Steels drew on previous experience at the M4 Boston Manor Viaduct, described at the time by the Highways Agency as “a unique repair solution…” (press release July 13th 2012).

M25 road closure report Watford ObserverWe also reported in April 2016 on BS Steels’s emergency response to carry our repairs on cracks found on the same stretch of M25 motorway viaduct.

All around the world, steel structures designed for theoretically long working lives are being found to require repairs much before their expected time. BS Steels has proven expertise in investigations and repairs, and solutions to technically challenging projects. To learn more about our capabilities, please contact Roger Slade by e-mail, or phone 07802 265438.

BS Steels recently completed a project to fabricate and install a new steel structure, incorporating steps, ramps and railings, in Clarence Park, St Albans.

After a routine inspection to the previous wooden structure uncovered areas of concern, St Albans District Council (SADC) closed the Hatfield Road entrance, a popular cut-through for commuters using St Albans City Station.

The new steel ramps and steps will serve the community and commuters for many years to come!

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BS Steels is very pleased to announce, following audit, that it has achieved certification for two very important Quality Management measures:

ISO 2001:2015 logoNHSS logo
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and Processes

National Highways Sector Scheme 20 for Quality Management in Highways Works – ‘THE EXECUTION OF STEELWORK IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ASSETS’.

These complement BS Steels’s certification up to and including Execution Class EXC3, under CE legislation.

Achievement of these two important certifications has involved extensive audit, covering finance, estimating, contract awards, procurement, and management of projects, production and sites. Lloyds Register LRQA performed these audits, and will work with BS Steels on future audit and maintenance of compliance.

Clients can therefore be sure that processes and systems at all levels throughout the organisation are being actively controlled, documented and audited. BS Steels congratulates all its managers and operatives on their hard work to this end.

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system, constructed around seven quality management principles: customer focus; leadership; engagement of people; process approach; improvement; evidence-based decision making; and relationship management.

National Highways Sector Schemes, together with BS EN ISO 9001, are designed to:

  • Provide an industry benchmark
  • Ensure that all processes are planned
  • Provide a basis for continuous improvement
  • Focus on quality as an objective
  • Reduce costs for Client and contractor
  • Provide and maintain a properly trained and competent workforce
  • Involve all sides of industry in scheme ownership within a partnership framework
  • Provide the basis for the technical knowledge and experience that Certification Body auditors will use in the sector concerned
  • Promote confidence in quality management systems through provision of a robust transparent

(Source: National Highway Sector Schemes for Quality Management in Highway Works 20 THE EXECUTION OF STEELWORK IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ASSETS, published by Sector Scheme Advisory Committee for the Execution of Steelwork)

Working with Foran Construction Ltd, BS Steels was very pleased to provide ramps, gates, railings and other access steelwork for the redevelopment of the Emerald GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Grounds in Ruislip, London.

This prestigious project aims to take forward the grounds of the London County Board of the GAA, to provide facilities of a comparable standard to those in Ireland and thereby encourage Irish sports to flourish. It is hoped also that the Ruislip site can become an inspiration for other GAA groups outside Ireland.

The main feature was the construction of a 1,950-seater stadium, with extensive facilities. BS Steels provided crowd barriers along the length of the field, a run of 100 metres, as well as gates, ramps and other access steelwork.

BS Steels designs, manufactures and installs steel staircases, barriers, balustrades, gates, railing and other access steelwork for numerous purposes, across many industries. From functional designs, such as those at GAA, or in our highways and railways activities, to elegant and beautiful staircases, BS Steels can assist with whatever specification or design your project needs.

Golfers at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, near Liphook in Hampshire, will have watched a major steel structure emerging from the ground in recent months.

This 51 2- and 3-bedroom apartment block represents not only the largest and most complex example of BS Steels’s work in the hospitality and leisure sector, but also a prime example of BS Steels’s principal contractor services reaching well beyond the design and provision of steelwork.

BS Steels’s partnership approach has been very much in evidence, as we have worked for the owners, and with Roger Hill Architects.

We reported on the first major phase of the project back in March 2015; this included 3D modelling and design, and provision of structural steel and installation services for construction of the wedding chapel, a new 500-seater ballroom, with upstairs reception area and function room.

BS Steels was then invited to work on the design and construction of a new 51-apartment block. Design, creation and assembly of the steel superstructure alone represented a major project – see the 3D design below. But BS Steels has also delivered seamless project management on behalf of the client, from design of substructure and superstructure, coordination of all trades, internal setting out, engineering etc.

Are you looking for an alternative, collaborative approach to your build project? We can add significant value to almost any project. To discuss your needs, please call Roger Slade on 07802 265438, or E-mail.

The gallery below shows various stages of the design and construction process, plus some earlier images of the 3D design for the ballroom, and the completed ballroom.

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