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16 12, 2013

The Importance of Resilient Structures

December 16th, 2013|Categories: Resilient Structures|Tags: , , , , , |

cycloneThe only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs.

They all happen in the same way:

Warm water heats the air and it starts to rise, and begins to spiral. The warm air will be very moist and will start to condense. As the warm air spiral goes up into colder air, it becomes even warmer and lighter, so it rises and spirals faster, sucking in more warm moist air from the surrounding sea. This enormous heat-engine, powered by the heat in the sea, is a storm formation.

When a building stands in the path of the wind, the windward wall tends to block the air, and the air pressure increases. This force can cave in walls, smash doors or columns or bracing systems, or push buildings completely over. As it passes over, the wind can come from every direction.

If there is an opening in the windward side, the high pressure can find its way into a building. The whole building can be blown outwards, like a balloon. What makes the situation worse is that the wind is not a steady […]

5 12, 2013

REIDsteel in Malta with Lufthansa Technik

December 5th, 2013|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|Tags: , , |

By Sales Engineer, Michael Harvey

REIDSteel provided the existing Hangar for Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM) back in 2008.

A new Maintenance, Refurbishment and Overhaul (MRO) facility was essential to enable LTM to grow their business into a world class company and their original hangar was already restricting their activities for the overhauling of aircraft, from the large number of different fleet operators requiring their services.

The 2008 project consisted of two ‘wide-body’ hangars, together with one smaller narrow body hangar (information relating to this project can be found here).  However, by 2013 the aircraft servicing market had evolved and there was a greater demand from the wide-bodied sector than previously forecast.

LTM approached the team at REIDsteel with a brief to adapt their narrow body hangar into a wide body hangar.  The scheme had to be cost efficient and provide LTM with total flexibility when it came to accommodating wide and narrow bodied aircraft simultaneously within the hangar.

As with the 2008 hangar, LTM appointed Innovative Architectural […]

3 12, 2013

Terrain Services Ltd and REIDsteel

December 3rd, 2013|Categories: Industrial Buildings, Steel Bridges|Tags: , , , |

Terrain Services Ltd is a medium sized construction company incorporated in September 1997. Although initially based in Kampala, Uganda, from 2005 the majority of their work has been located in South Sudan.

REIDsteel has worked with Terrain since March 2008. Together, working with The Louis Berger Group we embarked on the USAID funded Sudan Infrastructure Services Project (SISP) to build 8 bridges across the 192km stretch of Juba-Nimule Road. These bridges ranged from 12 to 50m long.

During Sudan’s civil war, much of the infrastructure of the recently formed country of South Sudan was destroyed.

The construction of these bridges along the only paved highway in South Sudan enables development of the country. They allow transportation and trade to flow easily and efficiently to South Sudan, through Uganda from the port of Mombasa, Kenya.

Last year, Terrain expanded outside of South Sudan by gaining bridge projects local to their headquarters and further construction opportunities in East Africa.

When Ugandan coffee company, Kyagalanyi needed new facilities, Terrain contacted REIDsteel to design […]

19 11, 2013

Our first bridge with JTEC in Mauritius

November 19th, 2013|Categories: Steel Bridges|Tags: , , |

By Design Engineer, Peter Mrozinski

REIDsteel’s erection supervisor Jimmy Sloane has just returned from Mauritius where he successfully supervised JTEC’s installation of a REIDsteel bridge. The bridge replaced an old steel railway bridge that had been corroding since 1902 and had fallen into a bad state of repair.

We didn’t see a dodo bird, but we did notice that L’Escalier is twinned with Spelthorne in Surrey!

This new bridge at Sourdine was built to eliminate a narrow and dangerous roadway into the gulley, used heavily by large bulky sugar harvest vehicles and bagasse transport, as well as by the general public. The bridge was funded in part by the sugar company and in part by the state.

Construction Manager of Building and Civil Engineering Co. Ltd, Jean-Pierre de Rosnay, had worked with REIDsteel on previous projects and was confident that REIDsteel could deliver a functional bridge of high quality on time and within budget.

The overall project was to completely realign and rebuild the surrounding roads and link them into the new bridge thus creating an efficient solution for the predicted […]

3 11, 2013

TAF and REIDsteel

November 3rd, 2013|Categories: Commercial Buildings|Tags: , , |

Mustapha Njie has worked with REIDsteel for over 20 years. He has used REIDsteel services to build housing and even a hotel in The Gambia.

He has further expanded to Senegal and Mali. His company TAF Holdings are recognised within the West African sub region for their high quality builds that are executed quickly and accurately.

Recently, TAF has been involved with a joint venture with the River State Government in Nigeria.

This project is collectively known as RIVTAF. Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $268.708billion (World Bank 2012), which has created a huge surge in the demand for affordable housing.

The RIVTAF partnership offers potential buyers a new home and the finance deal to secure it. TAF says that public private partnerships like this are vital in delivering housing across Africa.

TAF has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and works hard to pass on knowledge via an on-site training programme.

TAF’s projects mean an expansion of local jobs for a wide variety of workers, including engineers, electricians, builders and construction labourers.

The achievements […]

1 11, 2013

REIDsteel in the International Business Community

November 1st, 2013|Categories: REIDsteel Staff|Tags: , , , , , |

At REIDsteel, we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with individuals, businesses and organisations across the world. So when our Sales Manager, Mike Chappell bumped into Richard Pelly, Director General of British Expertise he found himself heading to Burma (Myanmar) on one of REIDsteel’s more intriguing trade missions.

British Expertise is an independent, not for profit company who have a close relationship with the government funded UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). They work to forge links between businesses and international embassies and commercial offices in order to better assist export opportunities.

Burma (Myanmar), as the media readily reports has long had its struggles and human rights issues. It is in the process of change that everyone hopes will be for the better. The recent trade mission consisted of a schedule of meetings and events where contact was made with local businesses and ministries who were pleased to share their views of the market and potential for future growth.

Huge challenges lie ahead for all involved, but REIDsteel are pleased to have put their name out there. “We know we are good at working in difficult and growing […]

22 10, 2013

REIDsteel in Nepal

October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Steel Bridges|Tags: , , , |


Home to the highest point on earth, Mount Everest and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Nepal is an ancient and beautiful country.

Today, its people are looking to the future – The UK is helping by providing aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and working with IMC Worldwide to support the Nepalese people in gaining reliable infrastructure.

The work is coordinated by Tim Stiff, of ICMW, acting as Team Leader for the Rural Access Programme, RAP2, and reporting back to the British government.

The only way for the country to advance and eliminate rural poverty is to build roads and bridges. Nepal’s total road network and density are low and only 43% of the population has access to all-weather roads.

As part of the Worldbank’s Road Sector Development Project (RSDP), REIDsteel had been asked to design, manufacture and erect three bridges; the Piluwah Khola, Sabu Khola and Arun Khola. In Nepali, ‘Khola’ means stream, which does not quite translate as the smallest of these bridges was 96m long!

The first two […]

7 10, 2013

REIDmarine at the 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show

October 7th, 2013|Categories: REIDmarine|Tags: , |

REIDMarine are pleased to announce the conclusion of a very successful Southampton Boat Show, with a general air of positivity within the marine industry our order books are looking strong for 2014.

The 45th Southampton Boat Show took place from the 13th September through to the 22nd. Although the weather was mixed it was great to see a combination of new faces and some old friends enjoying the various activities.

From having a go at Paddle Boarding to admiring the Bessie Ellen, one of the last surviving West Country trading ketches.

We even caught a glimpse of Top Gear’s Richard Hammond launching one of the new model motor boats.

For the past 20 years REIDmarine have exhibited at both the Southampton Boat Show and London Boat Show.

This year, we were one of more than 600 exhibitors, from 22 countries around the world, exhibiting a fascinating range of wares and knowledge. More than 110, 000 visitors turned up over the course of the show to get involved with sailing and other water-based opportunities.

For those who missed the […]