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28 05, 2014

A Visit from Nigeria

May 28th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

nigeriavisit-newsREIDsteel were pleased to host a tour of our five acre site for the Director of Bridge Design of the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Aniete O. Effiony.

He was accompanied by our the Managing Director, Mr. Charles Orie of our Nigerian partners, Johnsons Construction Co. We welcomed the group with Mr. Graham Crouch, consultant at Crouch Waterfall and Partners.

For yet another wonderful talk about the unique steel design engineering we complete at REIDsteel, we thank our staff; Tim Cook, Commercial Manager; John Harrison, Structural Engineer; Roger Bennett, Design Engineer and Andy Davies, Production Manager.

22 05, 2014

REIDsteel Success at British Expertise Awards

May 22nd, 2014|Categories: REIDsteel Staff, Steel Bridges|Tags: , , , |

By Tim Stiff, Senior Technical Director at Management Services

Components of the DFID-funded Rural Access Programme (RAP) in Nepal have been shortlisted for three major awards from British Expertise in recognition of the programme’s wide-reaching and sustainable impact on the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Meanwhile, the consulting firm behind the programme’s design and implementation, IMC Worldwide, has itself been nominated in the category of Outstanding International Business (SME) for its work on RAP and other DFID-funded development programmes.

The UK has supported the development and construction of two bridges linking thousands of isolated communities in Eastern Nepal under the successful decade long Rural Access Programme. In July 2008, the GoN approached DFID for funding for the construction of the two bridges.

The overall RAP Bridge Component cost for both bridges and the Technical Assistance Consultancy for the project management and construction supervision by UK Consultant IMC Worldwide is approximately £5.9m (approximate because the of the exchange rate as the construction contract is priced in local currency).

The project involved […]

22 05, 2014

A Spot of Golf with HMG Coatings

May 22nd, 2014|Categories: REIDsteel Staff|Tags: , , , , |

By Draughtsman, Lee Stevens

On a glorious sunny morning the ‘Reid Golfers’ embarked on a cross country adventure to get to Test Valley Golf Course, Overton in rural ‘Ampshire!

It hadn’t meant to be cross country jaunt, but due to an oil spill on the motorway the and being stuck in a traffic jam for 25 minutes we decided to take the scenic route through the very narrow country lanes. We arrived safely and just about in time for the ‘meet and greet’ and ‘tee off times’.

HMG Coatings, one of our paint suppliers kindly asked REIDsteel if they could send a ‘crack team’ of golfers to their inaugural golf day to thank us for our custom. Unfortunately, the ‘crack team’ wasn’t available so Draughtsmen; Lee Stevens, Steve Roberts and and Structural Engineers; Richard Callaghan, James Spencer took up the challenge…

On an extremely challenging course the team had mixed fortunes, Lee had managed to purchase some ‘right handed’ golf balls (his words) and spent a great deal of the day exploring the wildlife in the rough, Richard had possibly been supplied ‘left handed’ ones and had similar fortunes. Steve […]

30 04, 2014

Fire Safety Training at REIDsteel

April 30th, 2014|Categories: REIDsteel Staff|Tags: |

Established in 1992, Abbey Fire Extinguishers Ltd are a family run business who specialise in all fire extinguisher and safety services across Dorset and Hampshire. John Fosbery a retired Dorset Fireman and owner of Fire Safety Company, Abbey Fire came to visit us to train our new Fire Warden recruits.

John regaled us with his tales of being a Fireman for much of his working life and was an informative and lively demonstrator of the many types of fire extinguishers needed on an expansive site like REIDsteel’s.

Across the office and workshops, the training gave five REIDsteel employees new Fire Warden status and 22 more people can now efficiently operate various fire extinguishers.

Danny Bradshaw from our stores department and now an official REIDsteel Fire Warden said that the course made him think about fire safety in a more focused way and that “sometimes it’s not obvious until you’re told”.

25 04, 2014

A Christmas Treat in Spring

April 25th, 2014|Categories: REIDsteel Staff|Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of The Palace Theatre

Robert Green, fabricator and welder here at REIDsteel won the coveted company Christmas raffle prize of a theatre trip to London.

He and his wife, Vicki finally got the chance to go on their trip this Easter bank holiday. They went up to London by coach and stayed at the Grade II listed Charing Cross Hotel, which Vicki described as “sumptuous and elegant”.

Overlooking The Strand and near Trafalgar Square it was ideally situated for the couple to be proper tourists to the capital.

They roamed around Covent Gardens before attending the matinée showing of The Commitments at The Palace Theatre. The most recent musical to headline at the theatre is based on the book by Roddy Doyle and has been much acclaimed.

The show follows the mishaps and adventurers of a ragtag group of musicians who become “the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced”.  Bob and Vicki greatly enjoyed the show especially as their seats gave them a perfect view.

Afterwards, they took a taxi through London to Brick Lane for a traditional British curry! In the morning […]

10 04, 2014

Joseph Ash Galvanizing Ltd

April 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

josephash-news01Founded in Birmingham in 1857, Joseph Ash is one of Britain’s longest running galvanisers. REIDsteel have worked with Joseph Ash for a number of years and we were pleased to welcome them to our five acre site in Dorset.

Rob Nelson, Technical Manager at Joseph Ash Galvanising gave an illuminating presentation to explain galvanisation to our team of draughtsmen and designers right down to “steel chemistry”.

We were impressed to discover that not only do Joseph Ash galvanise our large and robust steel structures, but also delicate works of art such as sculptures by Sophie Ryder.

Thank you to Rob who improved our knowledge of designing steel fit to be dipped into the molten zinc of the galvanisation bath.

10 04, 2014

A Visit from Ghana

April 10th, 2014|Categories: Commercial Buildings|Tags: , , |

REIDsteel were privileged to welcome representatives from the Government of Ghana Health Select Committee to tour our five acre site and to view the design and fabrication of the latest hospital for which we are providing the design, fabrication and shipping of the steel frame and roof cladding.

REIDsteel are working as part of the team established by NMSI. This consortium specialises in systems, design and engineering, logistics, procurement and project management. They welcomed the Ghanaian delegation to Britain via London before travelling to Poole and then on to REIDsteel. Working as part of the NMSI team, REIDsteel are designing, fabricating and shipping several district hospitals throughout Ghana for the Ghanaian ministry of health under a $175million contract.

Mike Chappell, REIDsteel’s Sales Manager introduced our visitors to REIDsteel’s company history dating back to 1919 and talked about the vast range of technical expertise that we are able to bring to projects. He then went on to show a time-lapse video we recorded of the parts for the building being packed to be shipped to Ghana’s Tema Port.

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24 03, 2014

Sport Relief 2014 at REIDsteel

March 24th, 2014|Categories: REIDsteel Staff|Tags: , , , |

While we do have our own successful athletes at REIDsteel, we thought we would take Sport Relief a little easy this year.

Our red themed “non-uniform” day brought out the colourful side to some of our draughtsmen’s personalities and the whole office looked tickled pink or red in this case dressed in their own hues of red.

By spending the day in the red and entering the Sport Relief official “Pick a Sweaty Celebrity” competition we raised £106. Congratulations to the winner, Lee Stevens who wisely chose Pixie Lott as the “sweatiest celebrity”.

Lee commented on the day, “Having a child of my own and watching the poor children of the World living as they do brings tears to my eyes every Sport Relief or Comic Relief Day. The easiest thing I can do is dress up and look daft for a day to help out in a minuscule way. The morning commute to work on my bicycle raised a few chuckles for oncoming drivers, […]