24 05, 2022

Beacon to burn brightly in honour of Queen’s jubilee

2022-05-24T14:43:39+01:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

REIDsteel marks Queen's Jubilee

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd is lighting up the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a giant beacon.

The company has designed, manufactured and erected the steel torch at Mudeford Quay in its hometown of Christchurch, Dorset.

John Reid & Sons – known as REIDsteel – has sponsored the beacon as its way of paying tribute to the Queen for her 70 years of service.

It will be among 1,500 beacons set ablaze on the evening of Thursday June 2 to form a chain of fire around the country as a symbol of gratitude and national unity.

REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd said: “We have fostered strong links with our local community over many years as well as many others across the UK and the Commonwealth.

“We’ve had the honour of winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on four separate occasions for our exporting excellence and truly appreciate just how greatly these accolades have helped the company.

“The Queen has always promoted British expertise, engineering and business so the least we […]

29 03, 2022

International airport takes shape with REIDsteel

2022-03-29T14:23:52+01:00March 29th, 2022|Categories: News|

 

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has completed work on a multi-million-pound development to create an international aviation hub for west Africa.

REIDsteel provided design, steel fabrication and supervision services for the ‘ultra-modern’ terminal building at Kumasi International Airport in Kumasi, Ghana.

The 130-strong business manufactured the steel structure in Christchurch, Dorset, before shipping all the component parts more than 3,300 miles to Ghana.

It also provided the roofing system to comply with a specific noise and thermal reduction specification and the high-specification glazing, including ‘statement’ curtain-walling for the elevations of the building with solar controls to withstand extreme sunlight and temperatures.

Other elements included cladding, canopies, steel personnel doors and automated entrances.

The 12,500 sq m terminal – including passenger and VIP lounges, customs zone, departure gates, baggage handling and security – is at the heart of the €125 million (£104 million) airport development. It will be able to handle more than one million passengers annually.

REIDsteel, which has exported to more than 140 countries to date, has completed its phase of works with main contractor Contracta Construction UK Limited, progressing towards a completion later this […]

22 03, 2022

REIDsteel strengthens senior team

2022-03-22T17:17:02+00:00March 22nd, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Leading manufacturer John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited has appointed former British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) president Tim Outteridge as its sales director.

The Dorset-based company – known as REIDsteel – welcomes Tim to the position as it continues to grow in the UK and globally.

Tim, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, brings his experience in the structural steelwork sector to REIDsteel and supports a team of very talented engineers.

Some of the projects that Tim has been involved with include steel bridging for key infrastructure projects for both National Highways and Network Rail as well as private sector projects such as Canary Wharf, The Shard, Oxford Street, Regent Street, the British Library and London Bridge Station.

Simon Boyd, REIDsteel managing director, said: “Tim brings exceptional expertise in the structural steelwork sector built over many years.

“His passion for the industry and commitment to delivering the highest-quality structures cost-effectively while creating value for the client matches our own drive for continuous improvement and the greatest standards of customer service.

“At REIDsteel our people are our company. We have a diverse board and […]

17 03, 2022

Careers and apprenticeship show is just the job

2022-03-17T11:57:04+00:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

A team from John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has been talking to prospective new employees at the Careers and Apprenticeship Show at Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

They manned stand C5 to provide information about the range of exciting apprenticeship opportunities available at REIDsteel – including fabricator/welder, cladding draughtsperson and steel erector positions.

As a company REIDsteel is always keen to recruit locally and provide opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships, work experience placements and support for such projects as AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League Kicks initiative.

Even more apprenticeships will be on offer once we complete the redevelopment of our site in Christchurch with a cutting-edge new manufacturing facility and headquarters – whether for skilled roles in our workshops and on sites or in the office.

There was a great atmosphere at the BIC with lots of young people, students, parents, teachers and employers attending throughout the day – and visiting the REIDsteel stand.

The one-day event is one of the premier careers shows in the South with more than 100 employers and organisations in attendance.

Keep watching our website and […]

17 03, 2022

REIDsteel leads way in call to Chancellor

2022-03-17T11:32:36+00:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Brexit, REIDsteel, business, Dorset, steel, construction, structural steel, cladding, glazing, design, manufacturing, engineering, structural engineering, fabrication,

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd managing director Simon Boyd is among the business leaders in a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) ‘call for action’ ahead of next week’s Spring Statement.

He features in a dispatch from the BCC for the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to tackle the rising cost of doing business.

Simon calls for a rethink about the tax burden on business and the government’s proposed NI increase amid the situation in Ukraine, the after-effects of Covid and ever increasing energy prices.

Simon is a board member of Dorset Chamber, which is accredited to the BCC.

The Spring Statement is next Wednesday, March 23. The BCC’s full press release is below:

 

Spring Statement: Chancellor must act now to ease ‘cost of doing business crisis’ 

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is urging the Chancellor to take bold and decisive action in his Spring Statement to tackle the escalating cost of doing business crisis.

As global and domestic headwinds mount following the invasion of Ukraine, the BCC believes […]

14 03, 2022

REIDsteel and AFC Bournemouth partner to give local youngsters chance to get active through football

2022-03-14T10:46:52+00:00March 14th, 2022|Categories: News|

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has joined forces with the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust to deliver its popular Premier League Kicks initiative.

Through the programme, the Trust offers free football sessions to young people in some of Bournemouth’s most underprivileged areas.

The sessions run five nights a week at various locations in Bournemouth, harnessing the power of football to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing.

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited – which REIDsteel is the trading name for – is a Dorset-based structural steel engineering company which has been designing, manufacturing and erecting steel structures worldwide for over 100 years.

Open to boys and girls aged 8-19, Premier League Kicks has already helped 1,000 young people enjoy getting active in a safe environment where they can have fun with friends.

As part of the programme, there are also regular workshops available for participants […]

11 02, 2022

We’re hiring – Cladding Draughtsperson

2022-02-11T08:29:41+00:00February 11th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited is seeking a Cladding Draughtsperson to join its busy Drawing Office

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited is seeking a Cladding Draughtsperson to join our busy Drawing Office.

The position offers interesting and varied opportunities to work on projects for our clients in both the UK and overseas.

Based in Christchurch, Dorset, we’re a well-established and forward-thinking business which values its people and has exciting plans for the future.

The role of our new Cladding Draughtsperson includes detailing cladding for steel framed buildings, structures and associated items.

This will involve the preparation of detailed cladding and decking arrangements and sheet metal fabrication drawings to enable the accurate manufacture and installation of cladding, decking, flashings, gutters and associated sheeting materials.

The main duties and responsibilities are:

  • Complying with all relevant company Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental policies.
  • Preparing cladding layout drawings and flashing and gutter details.
  • Liaising with in house designers, steelwork draughtsperson, project managers and construction team as well as external design team meetings with architects, engineers and clients.
  • Liaising with Works Manager, Production Manager and factory team regarding drawing issues and queries.
  • Assisting with site surveys […]
25 01, 2022

We’re hiring – Estimator/Bid Manager  

2022-01-25T16:12:06+00:00January 25th, 2022|Categories: News|

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has an opening for an Estimator/Bid Manager to join its dedicated and successful team

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has an opening for an Estimator/Bid Manager to join its dedicated and successful team.

We are recruiting for the position as demand continues to grow for our services across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Trainee estimator positions are also available for candidates wishing to take their first steps in the industry with our company.

Based in Christchurch, Dorset, we’re a dynamic and forward-thinking business which values its people and has exciting plans for the future.

Our team design, manufacture and construct high-quality steel structures including industrial buildings, aircraft hangars and their electro-mechanical doors, warehouses, stadia, multi-storey buildings, car parks and bridges, as well as defence equipment, manual and electric roller shutter doors, windows and curtain walling.

Our new Bid Manager/Estimator will work within our busy and highly motivated sales team on both steel and cladding with supporting interfaces to Business Development, Contracts, Design and the Drawing Office.

The role includes responsibility for ensuring bids are completed on time and to a high standard, reporting progress […]

22 12, 2021

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

2021-12-22T13:23:21+00:00December 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Merry Christmas from all at REIDsteel

Merry Christmas and happy new year from all at John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) to its customers, suppliers, sub-contractors, business partners and associates.

Many thanks for your fantastic support in 2021, another successful year for the company despite the ongoing Covid pandemic.

The past 12 months included the launch of exciting plans for redevelopment of our site and adjoining land previously occupied by Peeks Party Store and Monkey Madness play centre with cutting-edge new premises.

We also designed, manufactured and erected buildings and structures of many different shapes and sizes across the UK, Europe and the World – including a multi-million-pound hangar at Norwich Airport and landmark offices for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize, South America.

The airport development involved the construction of a 54,000 […]

6 10, 2021

REIDsteel flying high with MJS Projects at Norwich Airport

2021-10-06T15:03:41+01:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

MRO hangar at Norwich Airport

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has been hailed for its work during the pandemic on a major development at Norwich Airport with MJS Projects (March) Ltd.

The Christchurch-based company provided structural steel design, fabrication and erection services for a £7m hangar at the airport.

It involved the construction of a 54,000 sq ft building – large enough for two A320 aircraft – with 15,500 sq ft of workshop space for Norwich Airport Ltd.

REIDsteel brought its value engineering expertise to rationalise the scheme’s structural steel design which led to savings in both time and money.

It represented repeat business for REIDsteel at Norwich Airport as the latest in a long line of projects stretching back more than 30 years.

Main contractor MJS Projects – based in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire – was instructed by airport owner Norwich Airport Ltd, which is part of the Rigby Group plc.

MJS Projects Director David Henry said:

“When we were tendering for our recent Norwich Airport project we were introduced to Reid Steel as a specialist in this field.

“The Reid steel pre-construction team were very attentive and […]

25 08, 2021

High-calibre appointment for REIDsteel board

2021-08-25T13:03:18+01:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) Contracts Director Dario Di-Felice

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has strengthened its board with a new director as it follows ambitious growth plans.

The £30m turnover business has promoted Dario Di-Felice from Head of Contracts to Contracts Director as the 130-strong company builds for the future.

Christchurch-based REIDsteel provides ‘pre-construction to completion’ services for all kinds of steel structures from design, fabrication and supply to erection – including cladding, glazing and doors where required.

Managing Director Simon Boyd said: “Dario is a superb professional who brings immense experience to the board.

“He has played a critical role in helping REIDsteel successfully negotiate the challenges brought about by the pandemic and will be indispensable as the business follows ambitious growth plans in the future.

“We’re a progressive company with a strong, dynamic and diverse board. I’m sure the rest of our directors will join me in congratulating Dario and welcoming him in his new position.”

Dario, a Chartered Construction Manager, has over 38 years of industry experience across multiple sectors – including roles at Vinci Construction, Morgan Sindall, Ballast Nedam and his own company Building […]

5 07, 2021

REIDsteel unveils major new redevelopment plans

2021-07-05T10:36:48+01:00July 5th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

NEW ERA: An artist’s impression of how REIDsteel redevelopment may look – for illustrative purposes

Global structural steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has today announced major new redevelopment plans in Dorset.

The £30m turnover company aims to build a modern, cutting-edge manufacturing facility along with new offices in Christchurch.

Including landscaping and environmental improvements, the scheme is proposed for REIDsteel’s home of more than 50 years in Reid Street and an adjacent site formerly occupied by Peeks Party Store and Monkey Madness soft play centre.

REIDsteel, which employs more than 130 people, has launched a consultation programme today to seek the views of the community and other stakeholders before submitting a planning application.

Simon Boyd, managing director of REIDsteel, said: “As a local business of many years’ standing, our heart is in Christchurch.

“Our exciting proposals represent a multi-million-pound investment in the town and the local economy while safeguarding the future of our business for many years to come.”

Simon added: “We are keen to hear views about our scheme, with more details available on a dedicated website.

“They matter to us and will inform our plans moving forward.”

REIDsteel […]

7 05, 2021

REIDsteel spans Atlantic for Belize government offices

2021-05-07T12:25:11+01:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

REIDsteel has designed, made and supplied structural steel, cladding and glazing for for the government of Belize for the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Belmopan, Belize, Central America

A landmark government building designed and made in Dorset has opened in Belmopan, the capital of Belize in Central America.

Structural steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) manufactured steel sections in Christchurch before shipping them 5,000 miles to Belmopan.

They were used to construct the Government of Belize’s new headquarters for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration.

REIDsteel – which has exported to more than 140 countries to date – also provided glazing and cladding with innovative panels to give the building a modern and stylish look.

Business development manager Pepe Oliva said: “The new headquarters is a very smart building which creates an excellent first impression.

“We used perforated aluminium panelling in a variety of shapes and sizes on its façade to create a contemporary yet corporate look worthy of its status as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ new headquarters.

“It was a pleasure to work […]

23 03, 2021

Lockdown – one year on…

2021-03-23T09:09:52+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: News|

It was exactly one year ago today – on March 23, 2020 – when the UK went into lockdown.

What a year it has been – who could have predicted what the next 12 months would hold?

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) was one of the first firms to temporarily shut down its manufacturing and construction site operations – and led the way in re-opening five weeks later when we welcomed staff back into our workshops with social distancing and resumed operations on construction sites.

One year on, we’ve returned to – and exceeded – pre-Covid levels of productivity and are firing on all cylinders, albeit with some differences.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our people, suppliers and contractors remains our first priority.

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