What we do
Severfield plc is the UK's market-leading structural steel group, serving the construction and infrastructure markets, operating across four sites providing unrivalled capacity and capability. We also have an operation in India, which forms part of our international growth plans. The Group's businesses manage every aspect of the fabrication and construction process, from initial scheme design, through detailing, specification and manufacture to the eventual handover to our clients of a quality product on-site.
The Group's proven strengths are its unrivalled capacity and performance, iconic, high quality products, engineering excellence and customer service.
Clients serviced by the Group cover a broad range of disciplines from contractors and developers, to engineers and architects. Contractors include Brookfield, BAM, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, MACE, Morgan Sindall, Skanska, Carillion, Vinci, Winvic, McLaren, VolkerFitzpatrick and Balfour Beatty, and developers include Stanhope, Hammerson, British Land, Land Securities, Westfield and Grosvenor. We have also developed structures for clients such as ASDA, Sainsbury's, Aldi, Jaguar Land Rover, ProLogis and Gazeley and project owners such as Network Rail, the Highways Agency, BAA and Sellafield.
The Group has the largest capacity and capability of any steel fabrication company in the UK and can offer great choice, value and flexibility thanks to our national network of factories and the technical expertise of our people.
The Group is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art manufacturing and painting processes and has a highly skilled workforce of over 1,200 staff including an in-house construction team.
We have the design, experience and engineering skills to serve a diverse range of market sectors, from airports, railway stations and bridges to data centres and commercial offices.
A key ingredient for the long-term success of any business is the ability to forge strong and lasting relationships with supply chain partners, which provides clients with high value and consistent reliability. The Group spends a high percentage of its operating costs on goods and subcontractor services. Careful management of the supply chain is essential to drive efficiency and suppliers are monitored to ensure that maximum benefits are delivered to clients and the Group.
As the UK's largest steelwork contractor, we engage with clients and the supply chain wherever we operate and long-term relationships are forged with partners who meet our commitment to quality and sustainability. This helps to improve the interfaces between disciplines as we strive to optimise construction value and performance both now and in the future.
Where we fit in the value chain
The Group's design department consists of highly skilled and motivated professional structural and civil engineers with specialist knowledge of structural steelwork design.
The design process offers our clients innovative concepts and solutions. We are able to offer 'value engineering' through the close guidance of our consulting engineers at the concept of the project and with the assistance of the latest state-of-the-art computer software for 2-D and 3-D building information modelling (BIM), analysis and design.
Our advice on material choices, fabrication, fire protection, surface treatment and construction techniques can often lead to significant project savings and efficiencies.
Our engineers are also involved in temporary works to suit site construction and buildability issues. Working closely with the Group's in-house construction team, we ensure the most efficient and safest solutions for our clients' needs. This expertise is essential for high-rise towers and other complex structures undertaken by the Group.
The Group's fabrication facilities include expansive stockyard areas and in-line cutting, fabrication, welding and painting and some of the largest finished goods and subassembly areas in the industry.
Operational investment has been significant and continuous over the years, with many innovative features being developed and incorporated. Modern, state-of-the-art processing equipment has been employed with full consideration for design, supporting layout, logistics, integration and construction. Our equipment is fed with numerical control data which optimises output and minimises waste and errors.
The FABSEC® production line at Dalton is a fully self-contained production facility. The process provides the structural steelwork sector with a full range of highly efficient plated sections, optimal section profiles and shop-applied intumescent coatings.
Haulage for our steel products is managed by WS Transportation, which boasts a range of state-of-the-art equipment such as new trailers, trailer safe systems, cycle aware cameras and audible warning features for city centre deliveries.
The Group has its own highly trained construction workforce which provides services for all of its construction requirements. Working closely with the project management team, they are leaders in steel construction and utilise the latest equipment on-site. The Group is an industry leader in construction methodology.
The Group also has a large and highly experienced contract management team. Each contract manager is the single point of contact with each client and is supported by all resources within the Group. Our contract managers engage with our clients and the supply chain to ensure optimum communication and performance in all aspects of the project, including site construction and administration.
Our competitive advantage
The Group's competitive advantages derive from its scale, client focus, flexibility, experience, cost base, productivity, supply chain strengths and integrated approach from design to construction. We have unrivalled capabilities and our facilities are the best in the UK and possibly in Europe.
We approach every project, from the highly technical to basic structural work, with the same level of safety, professionalism, commitment, care and customer service.
The dedication, expertise and experience of our workforce ensure that we offer more skills and variety than any other UK steel contractor. We are committed to matters of health and safety, sustainability, ethics and client and staff engagement.
All of the Group's revenue and profits are generated from the design, fabrication and construction of structural steelwork and its related activities. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities have been established to generate profit and surplus cash flow.
Good cash generation and balance sheet management provide a solid foundation for the Group.
Close management of our contracts and cost base is critical to our success particularly in winning new contracts, reinvesting in our business and seeking further opportunities for growth. The Group's operational improvement programme, the objective of which is to improve risk assessment and operational and contract management processes, is central to the generation of value.
Health and safety
The well-being and safety of our employees, clients, suppliers and subcontractors are paramount and directly impact on the commercial viability of our business.
The directors, through the implementation of our safety, health and environmental philosophy, encourage each employee and subcontractor to strive constantly to adopt the best safety, health and environmental practices. Our dedicated SHE director has overall responsibility for health and safety operations, with the aim of minimising the risk of incidents and generally promoting a proactive health and safety culture.
A principal aim of the board is to ensure, through example and encouragement, that we behave ethically and responsibly, particularly in the fields of health, safety and environmental management.
Training standards are high within the Group to ensure performance excellence and health and safety standards and we work closely with equipment manufacturers to ensure that efficiency and safety are always at the forefront of operations.
The Group's health and safety team monitors all sites on a regular basis to make sure these essential standards are maintained. We have developed our own unique safety handrail solution (Seversafe®) and a tool-tethering system.
The values below support our health and safety policy and establish the areas that are essential to achieving our main goal, namely to ensure each and every employee can enjoy a safe working environment, with no exceptions.
Leadership — people at all levels have responsibility for their own health and safety and should set an example for others. Our management is accountable for health and safety and will demonstrate leadership through personal example.
Hazard, risks and control measures — we will identify the hazards and risks associated with our business activities and introduce appropriate control measures to challenge them in the changing environment and aim for continuous improvement.
Health and well-being — we will promote and improve the health and well-being of all Group employees.
Competence and behaviour — we will ensure our employees are trained so they are skilled and qualified for their occupation and therefore can contribute to an improved health and safety performance.
Incident analysis and prevention — we will ensure work-related accidents and near-misses are reported, investigated and analysed to prevent reoccurrence. The investigations will focus on root cause and recommendations shared across the business.
Safety in design — our designers and construction management teams will focus on the design aspect of the structure with the objective to erect the structure safely and more efficiently.
Monitoring, audit and review — we will conduct regular internal audits on our management systems in order to achieve our objectives and targets to drive the health and safety culture of our business forward.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our business through sustainable practices and continuous improvement of our environmental performance.
The following values support our environmental policy and establish the areas that are essential to achieving the policy.
Management systems — to implement effective management systems and to encourage all our employees to act in an environmentally responsible manner.
Continuous improvement — to improve the environmental performance of our business through research and development of new technologies, preventing and reducing our emissions and minimising waste.
Sustainable development — to contribute to sustainable resources by using energy and raw materials more efficiently, thus optimising our natural resources.
Monitoring and reporting — to monitor and audit our environmental performance, report progress on policy objectives and strive for continuous improvement in our targets to achieve a more environmentally friendly business.
Quality and accreditations
Quality assurance is a fundamental feature across all of our operations. From initial enquiry through to design, materials ordering, fabrication and construction, we employ processes designed to ensure full customer satisfaction.
Quality systems assumed through the British Standards Institution (BSI), together with welding control through The Welding Institute (TWI), operate to ensure customer requirements are recognised and delivered. Registration under the Qualified Steelwork Contractors Scheme provides extra confidence to customers.
The CE mark is a claim that a particular construction product can be used within the European Union and is based on the principle that the product is 'fit for purpose'. All of the Group's manufacturing facilities are CE marking compliant and have been independently assessed to meet the requirements of Execution Class 4. Accordingly, our clients can be assured that their steelwork is in compliance with the latest Europe-wide legislation and is manufactured to a level of quality that is second to none.
The Group has a strong policy of continuous improvement and seeks to enhance corporate management through proactive development. New facilities and procedures are integrated into the relevant quality assurance system as they are adopted.
The Group is committed to providing our clients with the best possible service and protecting our workforce wherever we operate. By gaining the necessary certification through recognised bodies, we provide the reassurance that we are properly trained and qualified to carry out our contractual and partnership obligations.
Fabsec is the unrivalled market leader in the design, fabrication and supply of long span cellular and bespoke plated beams. It is a joint venture of four major UK companies at the forefront of the UK construction industry, including the Group. FABSEC® beams and FBEAM® software are used on a variety of prestigious construction projects across the UK.
Innovation also plays an important role in building long-term relationships and creating additional value for our customers. The Group's continued expertise in creating innovative solutions at a project level enables our clients to realise their architectural visions.
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