People

Our people are at the heart of our business and are vital to the success of our vision and the achievement of our strategic goals.

 

Strategic priorities

Develop our people:

Our aim is to attract and recruit the right person at every level and to keep them engaged so that we can deliver our goals and customer commitments while maintaining a safe working environment.

 

Achievements in 2020
  • Recognition of the skill and expertise of our project teams through a number of national awards for our projects including the 2019 Structural Steel Design Awards and the 2019 Institute of Structural Engineers’ Structural Awards.
  • Increased employment across the Group to around 1,400 employees, which includes 61 employees who joined us with the Harry Peers acquisition.
  • Continued to invest in our Severfield development programme for emerging leaders and launched our ‘early careers’ initiative.
  • Continued to promote our graduate and apprenticeship schemes and have successfully on-boarded our first wave of apprentices following our work with the Institute for Apprenticeships through which we collaboratively developed a metal fabricator apprenticeship programme.
  • Welcomed the appointment of Louise Hardy, our first female board member.
  • In 2020, our accident frequency rate, including our Indian joint venture, was 0.15, which continues to outperform the industry average. We have widened our KPIs to include injury frequency rate (‘IFR’), rather than only reporting on serious accidents.
  • Further developed our internal communication channels, including the launch of a new Group-wide intranet, to enable us to keep in touch with all our employees. This was even more important following the outbreak of COVID-19 to update a large number of colleagues who were working from home.
  • Continued to invest in the development of our human resources and payroll management system, to improve efficiency across our people processes.
Objectives for 2021
  • Develop and implement our people strategy in tandem with our Group-wide sustainability strategy.
  • Undertake a comprehensive workforce engagement programme to gain a deeper understanding of colleagues’ perspectives and to refresh our purpose and vision.
  • Continue to share best practice across the Group in operational processes, technical knowledge, governance and compliance.
  • Continue to invest in the development, mental health and wellbeing of our people, including leadership and talent development initiatives.
  • Launch a further employee Save As You Earn scheme.
  • Further refine and develop our accident and injury reporting metrics to ensure we are continuing to drive the appropriate safety behaviours.

Strategy in Action

KING’S CROSS
P2

A mixed-use development in central London, currently intended to incorporate a 600-seat theatre, c.194,000 square feet of office space and c.18,000 square feet of retail space.

The Project

The 12-storey scheme, the latest project being delivered as part of the 67-acre redevelopment of Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, will primarily consist of office accommodation over nine floors. It will also include a 600-seat theatre and bar. The ground floor on the south side will be dedicated to retail space, further expanding the shopping experience outward from the nearby Coal Drops Yard development, also delivered by the Group during our 2017 financial year.

The Group’s scope includes the design, fabrication and erection of a 3,600 tonne structural steel frame with precast package of internally exposed structural steelwork to an architectural standard finish. This will incorporate 20,000 square meters of hollow core flooring with exposed soffit including supporting steelwork, steel bracketry and Macalloy hangers to the mezzanine floors. Given much of the completed steel frame will also be left exposed, this requires the paint finish on all parts of the structure to be to a high decorative standard. The Group elected to utilise intumescent paint with an on-site top-coat applied. Additional Severfield products and services incorporated into the programme include deployment of ‘Seversafe’ edge protection, safety fans at two levels and the ‘Seversafe’ offload system.

Location

King’s Cross, London

Architect

AHMM

Main contractor

Kier

Engineer

ATK II

Tonnage

3,600

Completion date

September 2020