We have the design skills, engineering skills and experience to handle complex projects over a diverse range of market sectors, whether for work, industry, leisure, transport or to provide essential infrastructure.

Our sectors

The market sectors targeted by the Group, and their estimated size in tonnes during the 2019 calendar year are shown below:

PercentageTonnes

Commercial offices

12%99,500

Transport (including bridges)

7%63,000

Industrial and distribution

50%424,000

Stadia and leisure

3%29,000

Power and energy

10%89,000

Data centres and other (inc. nuclear and process industries)

7%52,000

Retail

1%11,500

Health and education

10%88,000
Core infrastructure sectors

Transport


10-20%
Group market share (for infrastructure including bridges)
Our expertise includes international airports, road and rail facilities and bridges. Many of the structures we create become famed landmarks in their own right. Services range from design, planning and high-volume steel supply, to fabrication and construction. As a key element of the UK's infrastructure, bridge-building requires skill, precision and quality on a large scale. Our growing bridge business has a strong reputation and extensive experience in the successful delivery of all types of bridgework, including major transport routes.Successes

Multiple contracts with Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport, London Bridge, Manchester Victoria and Birmingham New Street stations, Ordsall Chord (link bridge between Manchester's Victoria and Piccadilly stations), Ely Southern Bypass.

Power and energy


<5%
Group market share
Power stations, sustainable energy facilities and waste processing plants form an important part of our business. Our professionalism, extensive sector experience and ability to meet specific engineering requirements enable us to continue serving these vital sectors in the UK and other parts of the world. The acquisition of Harry Peers also provides greater access to this market sector.Successes

Essex and Milton Keynes waste treatment plants, Peterborough, Cardiff and Covanta (Dublin) Waste to Energy plants, Port of Liverpool Biomass Terminal, Ferrybridge Power Station.

Health and education


<5%
Group market share
We have a long history of providing world-class steel solutions for hospitals and other medical facilities, which are increasingly being specified with structural steel frames. Key factors giving us an advantage in this sector include span length, enhanced flexibility, adaptability and speed of construction. We have also worked with many education clients and contractors over the years, each project bringing its own specific requirements and challenges.Successes

Francis Crick Institute, Nigeria Syringe Factory, University of Strathclyde, Victoria & Albert Museum (Dundee), Kings College Hospital, Graphene Innovation Centre, Manchester University Engineering Campus.
Core construction sectors

Commercial offices


20-30%
Group market share
Through our work in the commercial office sector, we have made a significant impact on the cityscapes of London and other major commercial hubs around the UK and Europe. We ensure our structural steel methods, products and processes keep up with the needs and challenges of this rapidly evolving sector.Successes

22 Bishopsgate, Google UK Headquarters, The Shard, Leadenhall Tower, 5 Broadgate, Nova Victoria, New Street Square, South Bank Tower, Principal Place, One Angel Court, Southbank Place, London Development Project, St Giles Circus Development, Hanover Square Masterplan, One Braham and numerous smaller developments both in London and the UK regions.

Industrial and distribution


10-20%
Group market share
The Group is a trusted partner to the industrial, warehousing and distribution industries, thanks to our strong reputation for engineering excellence and versatility. Unrivalled capacity, the ability to meet diverse and rigorous requirements and other strengths such as design capability, supply chain co-ordination and delivery speeds set us apart from our competitors.Successes

Major contracts for BMW, Unilever, Sports Direct, Ocado, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Prologis, Gazeley, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, DHL and B&M and a large industrial facility in the Republic of Ireland.

Stadia and leisure


20-30%
Group market share
Stadia and leisure complexes are important sectors for the steelwork industry. The Group has an unrivalled record in the design, engineering and building of many of the UK's best-known sporting hubs. We have also provided timely and cost-effective solutions for key leisure destinations, ranging from exhibition and conference centres to state-of-the-art concert arenas.Successes

Wimbledon Centre Court (roof) and No.1 Court roof, Paris Philharmonic Hall, First Direct (Leeds) Arena, Olympic Stadium, Arsenal FC (Emirates Stadium), Liverpool FC (redevelopment of Anfield Stadium), Manchester City FC (south stand redevelopment), Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (new stadium), Lord's Cricket ground (Compton and Edrich stands), Fulham FC.

Retail


5-10%
Group market share
Retail developments are becoming increasingly complex and ambitious as towns and cities position themselves as attractive shopping destinations in today's competitive economy. Major redevelopment in cities and out-of-town shopping facilities are challenging projects in their own right, requiring different skills and services. Project management and supply chain linkage are vital to successful project execution.Successes

Bradford's Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford's Westfield Shopping Centre, Hereford Old Livestock Market, Birmingham John Lewis, Bracknell's The Lexicon, Coal Drops Yard and projects for ASDA, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Costco.

Data centres and other


30-40%
Group market share
Data centres are an ever-growing part of the business world. In recent years, they have become increasingly important to businesses of all sizes as they look for cost-effective alternatives to high in-house IT and other costs. With a large proportion of data centres being specified in steel, the Group is well placed to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding sector, and our cost, speed and flexibility have resulted in several key contract awards.Successes

Data centres for Microsoft (Amsterdam), Telehouse (London), large data centres in the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Finland. Other projects include a research facility for the European Spallation Source (Sweden).

Acquisition of Harry Peers

The acquisition of Harry Peers has extended the Group's current capabilities into attractive complementary market sectors particularly nuclear and process industries. We are continuing to refine our market intelligence of these new sectors, which will broaden our market exposure and enhance our areas of expertise.Multiple contracts with Sellafield and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (‘AWE’), and processing projects with Centrica and water distillation specialist, SNF.