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Steel for the Hospitality Sector

BS Steels has an impressive record working as principal contractor and sub contractor for many leading hotel, restaurant and pub companies, as well as individual operators.

Each project presents its own challenges, but with the strength and versatility of steel, the expertise of our drawing office, workshop and installation teams, and close working relationships with contractors and clients, we are proud to have been part of some amazing transformations.

Structural and supporting steel

BS Steels has designed and supplied structural steel for varied new-build, extension and refurbishment projects in the hospitality sector. These include:

  • structural steel for brand-new hotels and accommodation blocks.
  • structural steel for dining areas, conservatories, a ballroom, a theatre and auditorium, and even a wedding chapel!
  • supporting and strengthening steelwork to create open-plan interiors.
  • total hotel refurbishment after catastrophic fire damage.
  • access staircases, fire escapes and balcony structures.

Pub and Restaurant Refurbishments

A successful refurbishment requires a partnership approach, to deal with the unique challenges of each project. Many pubs and restaurants close for refurbishment only for a limited period, with a demanding schedule; some remain open during alterations.

However careful the initial survey and planning, interpretation of immediate site requirements is often required as buildings reveal their hidden secrets. BS Steels partners with pub, restaurant and hotel operators and their contractors to provide real-time solutions.

Interior fit-out and architectural steel

BS Steels also supplies interior and architectural features in brass, stainless or mild steel. Examples include bar frontages, staircases and ramps, bespoke glass and bottle racks, footrests, shelving, steelwork for glazing, lighting supports, railings.

One such project involved fitting out a servery, with the inside of the kitchen visible to diners. On the same project, we were asked to supply the enclosure for a pizza oven (pictured below). We are also being asked frequently for effects such as hammered or blackened steel or burnished copper, or to work in materials such as pewter and zinc, matching the pub or restaurant’s theme. We are always happy to rise to a challenge!

Case Study: Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel opened on June 1st 2014.

BS Steels was involved throughout the project, seeing it emerge from a hole in the ground on a three-quarter acre former World War 2 bomb site. In addition to 90 rooms and suites, apartments, bars and restaurants and retail area, it features a 176-seat state-of-the-art theatre and even an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas!

Located between Great Windmill Street and Denman Street, the site presented access challenges, particularly for the larger items supplied by BS Steels such as the 20 metre long, 5-tonne structural trusses for the basement theatre.

The highly varied list of products and solutions coordinated, created and installed by BS Steels included:

  • steelwork throughout the theatre, including support for the auditorium.
  • structural steelwork to concrete cores
  • mezzanine floor zones within the structural concrete structure
  • steelwork for glazing around the courtyard
  • plant support structures
  • access staircases, fire escapes, balcony structures, lighting supports
  • steelwork for car stacker system
  • 16-metre steel railing: from site survey to completion within 4 weeks, including design, manufacture, shotblasting, hot metal zinc spraying, powder coating, diamond drilling and installation

Case Study: Ship and Trades, Chatham

Numerous historic pubs and hotels have had new life breathed into them with the assistance of BS Steels.

refurb of Ship and Trades pub ChathamThe Ship and Trades, overlooking Chatham Marina, reopened in 2016 after a 3-month refurbishment, boasting “naval heritage meets contemporary style”.

This 19th-century building started life as dockyard offices and an engineering shop. It was taken over by Shepherd Neame in 2001.

Its latest makeover added a stylish glass wrap-around conservatory, creating seating for an additional 80 diners. The outside area has also been upgraded to include new undercover seating with heating. Five new en-suite rooms have been added to the first floor, two with waterfront balconies.

BS Steels’s contribution included creation and installation of the steelwork for the conservatory, stairs, railings with mesh panel infills, and bespoke galvanised gutter supports. The ‘before and after’ pictures give a clear impression of the way in which this property has been brought up to the minute, maximising its location and potential for guests to eat, drink and stay.

Please visit our project reports on the new Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, the rebuilding of the Ryde Castle Hotel after catastrophic fire damage, and the development of the Old Thorns Manor Hotel. These list the steel products and services supplied to these prestigious hotel projects.

To discuss your needs, please call Roger Slade on 07802 265438, or E-mail

M25 Viaduct Strengthening and Repairs

Students from West Herts College visiting BS Steels site at Gade Valley ViaductMulti-year project strengthening the welds on the underside of the viaduct spans on the M25 Gade Valley Viaduct. BS Steels’s longest continuous project, with a dedicated team likely to be on site for several years. Read more...

Highway Works and Repairs

BS Steels team working on expansion joint replacement, M25 Gade Valley Viaduct May 2018ISO 9001:2015; National Highway Sector Scheme No 20 qualifies BS Steels to supply, manufacture and install any highways or railway asset involving steel. Repairs are a particular focus. Read more...

Old Thorns Manor Hotel

aerial view of old thorns apartment block under constructionThe largest and most complex example of BS Steels’s work in the hospitality and leisure sector. It is also a prime example of BS Steels’s principal contractor services, delivering seamless project management on behalf of the client. Read more...

Distribution Centre Jersey

installing new steel canopy, Ferryspeed warehouse JerseyWarehouse Conversion and extension to enable delivery, loading and storage in optimum temperature-controlled conditions. Read more...

Railway Works and Repairs

Detail of railway parapet by BS Steels, Hackney, London E8Design, manufacture and installation of new railway bridge parapet at Marcon Place, London, within a very challenging timescale. Overall project ‘Highly Commended’ in 2013 Network Rail Partnership Awards. Read more...

Steel Stairs and Balustrades

Mild steel spiral staircase installed by BS Steels 131 Shoreditch High St LondonBS Steels designs, fabricates and installs steel staircases, balustrades and railings, in forms to suit a myriad of locations and applications. Read more...

Railings, Ramps, and Grilles

Steel is a very suitable and versatile material for railings, ramps, staircases, decorative and security grilles. Browse a selection of BS Steels projects across many sectors. Read more...

Mixed Retail/Residential Refurbishment

Stainless steel staircase reflected in mirror131 Shoreditch High St, London E1. Structural steel manufactured and installed for new floor layouts. Architectural staircases and features in mild and stainless steel. Read more...

M4 Viaduct Repairs

test assembly of steel repair plates for M4 motorway viaductMain Steel Sub-Contractor on highly time-critical repairs on M4 Boston Manor Viaduct. Numerous technical and logistical challenges overcome to enable completion just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Read more...

London Office Block Refurbishment

Steelwork at St Paul's House, London, by BS SteelsComplex office block refurbishment, with basement completely revamped, ground floor lowered to existing pavement level. Included new steel staircases, creation of service voids, new steel sixth floor and roof. Read more...

London Gateway Reception Building

assembling London Gateway admin building, Thames estuary in backgroundDesign, fabrication and installation of steelwork for reception building of the UK’s newest deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Read more...

Community Church, Springhead Park, Kent

steel framework, front view, north kent community church, springhead parkNorth Kent Community Church. Manufacture and erection of steel superstructure for North Kent Community Church, Ebbsfleet. Erected to schedule through some of the worst winter weather for many years. Read more...

Sports Complex within Listed Building

steel framework for mezzanine floor, hms temeraire, portsmouthGrade II Listed Building Refurbishment. Steel mezzanine, stairs, balustrades, and glazed steel entrance canopy designed, manufactured and installed by BS Steels. Read more...

Central Mosque, Portsmouth

Steels installed by BS Steels, ready for new floor aboveInstallation of new mezzanine floor, significantly adding capacity and enhancing utility of building. Read more...