12 12, 2022

REIDsteel backs Premier League Kicks

2022-12-12T09:49:29+00:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

REIDsteel has sponsored AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League Kicks project in Christchurch for the 2022/23 season.

The initiative offers free football and additional opportunities to over 1,000 young people in the local area every year.

The project is backed by a player ambassador from both the male and female team while staff of REIDsteel will have the opportunity to volunteer at sessions and support community coaches.

Rob Mitchell, commercial director at AFC Bournemouth, commented: “We are delighted that REIDsteel have agreed to sponsor our Premier League Kicks project this season.

“It highlights their commitment to support and enhance the local community, which is something AFC Bournemouth feels passionate about.

“The Premier League Kicks project has already had a massive impact within Christchurch and continues to allow youngsters the opportunity to play football and make new friends.”

Donna Campo, operations director at REIDsteel, said: “As a business with Christchurch at its heart for more than 50 years, we’re proud to support the Premier League Kicks campaign and enable young people in the town to enjoy these exciting sessions.

“AFC Bournemouth’s focus […]

8 12, 2022

Lift-off for award winning service centre

2022-12-08T14:34:50+00:00December 8th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to London Biggin Hill Airport and Bombardier on the official opening of their award-winning service centre.

Dignitaries performed the honours at the super-hangar, which is among the largest business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in the UK.

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd worked with main contractor, Tonbridge-based Civils Contracting Ltd on the dual-cantilever hangar.

We provided the design, drawing, fabrication and installation of the complete steel frame, electrically operated hangar doors and underslung cranes as well as the floor decking, cladding and glazing elements.

Our Pre-Construction Director Richard Hanson and Head of Technical John Harrison, pictured above, represented the company at the ceremony.

As well as a ribbon-cutting and presentations, the event included the opportunity to tour the hangar and its offices,  look inside some of the private and business jets on show, and see a Spitfire at close quarters.

The inauguration of the super-hangar represents major expansion of Canadian aviation giant Bombardier’s presence at Biggin Hill where it is the airport’s largest tenant.

Its new service centre extends over 250,000 sq ft. Among its features are 22 service bays, […]

2 12, 2022

Simon back on board at chamber

2022-12-02T14:25:19+00:00December 2nd, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd has been re-elected as a non-executive director of Dorset Chamber.

Simon was voted back onto the board at the chamber’s annual meeting, along with fellow directors and president Caron Khan, vice-president Tony Brown and new honorary treasurer Lesley Fox.

Simon first joined the board in March 2019 and acts on a voluntary basis as a non-exec director alongside his role as REIDsteel managing director and his many other commitments, including his membership of the Confederation  of British Industry’s (CBI) manufacturing council.

REIDsteel is also a Platinum Business Partner of the chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation and the county’s voice of business.  The company has also been a sponsor of the chamber-organised Dorset Business Awards.

REIDsteel has the community at its heart and is proud to support its local chamber and help it drive forward the economy.

Dorset is one of the leading chambers in the South West of England and the only […]
18 11, 2022

Emma scoops top prize for excellence

2022-11-18T08:39:17+00:00November 18th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Star student Emma Latham claimed a special award at her Bournemouth University graduation ceremony with Dorset structural steel firm REIDsteel.

Emma was among four mechanical engineering students to work with the Christchurch-based firm on a hangar doors project.

She received a Student Design Award for the excellence of her project report titled ‘Improving the safety of aircraft hangar doors with REIDsteel’.

Richard Hanson, REIDsteel’s Pre-Construction Director, presented Emma with her award certificate when she graduated with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.

He said: “Congratulations to Emma on her graduation and for winning this richly deserved award.

“She, and her fellow mechanical engineering students, are a credit to themselves and Bournemouth University.

“All at REIDsteel have been impressed tremendously by their aptitude, enthusiasm, and commitment on the hangar doors project.

“We greatly value our links with Bournemouth University and wish Emma the very best for the future.”

REIDsteel – the trading name of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd – is working with Bournemouth University on a new hangar door system to improve safety and useability. Mechanical engineering students used it as the topic for their final project.

Mr Hanson and Head of […]

20 10, 2022

On course at first golf day

2022-10-20T10:21:44+01:00October 20th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: |

FORE!  Players teed off at the first John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd golf day.

They hit the greens and fairways of Christchurch Golf Club at Iford in the inaugural event.

Lee Stevens and Dave Claven triumphed as the winning team at the end of a great day’s play. Lee also bagged the honours for nearest shot to the pin while the longest drive went to Dave.

Perhaps, most importantly, the coveted prize for ‘best golf socks’ went to Steve Roberts, pictured above.

REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd attended to the present the prizes – including to Steve for his winning Danger House themed socks! Simon is pictured below congratulating Steve.

The day was hugely enjoyed by all, and more are planned in due course. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you fancy joining in.



17 10, 2022

REIDsteel hits the heights with Solent 250

2022-10-17T14:48:23+01:00October 17th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: |

Solent 250

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has won new recognition as one of the top performing businesses in the South.

We’ve been included in the prestigious Solent 250 listing of privately-owned, independent businesses with the highest turnover in the region.

We rub shoulders with such names as Sunseeker, Fat Face. Southampton FC, Trant, AFC Bournemouth and Wightlink in the ratings.

The Business Magazine has published the Solent 250 rankings with CMA Recruitment Group, HSBC UK, Irwin MitchellRSM, Vail Williams, the University of Southampton Business School.

We’ve risen 80 places to number 152 in this year’s listings, which is testament to the ‘one team’ ethos of all at REIDsteel who together work so hard to make the business the success it is.

Smart energy experts Utilita of Chandlers Ford topped the table, followed by the Hendy Group and Arqiva.

This latest recognition comes hot on the heels of our success in the Structural Steel Design Awards – making it a brilliant month for everyone at REIDsteel.

6 10, 2022

On top of the world with award

2022-10-07T09:30:32+01:00October 6th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

A ‘super-hangar’ built by REIDsteel (John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd) at London Biggin Hill Airport has won a prestigious national award for design excellence.

The cutting-edge development – the largest and most advanced dual cantilever hangar in the UK today – claimed top honours in the 2022 Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA).

Dorset-based REIDsteel provided the design, drawing, fabrication and installation of the complete steel frame, electrically operated hangar doors and underslung cranes as well as the floor decking, cladding and glazing elements.

It worked with main contractor, Tonbridge-based Civils Contracting Ltd, on the maintenance hangar for occupation by global aerospace giant Bombardier.

A delegation from REIDsteel – selected from all areas of the business – attended the awards ceremony in Spitalfields in London.

Simon Boyd, managing director of REIDsteel, said: “All at REIDsteel are absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious award.

“The SSDAs are a hallmark of excellence as the foremast awards in our industry and act as a real showcase for the exceptional capabilities of British design, engineering, manufacturing and construction.

“Our success is down to the whole team at REIDsteel and […]

30 09, 2022


2022-09-30T16:05:27+01:00September 30th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has scooped top honours as a winner in the prestigious Structural Steel Design Awards for a super-hangar at London Biggin Hill Airport.

The celebrations began after the Award was announced at a glittering ceremony in London with members of our team in attendance.

An Award is the top honour, followed by a Commendation and then a Merit so we are ecstatic that the hangar claimed this prize in a field boasting some exceptional British structural engineering projects.

Our delegation on the night included a cross-section of employees representing the entire company from the workshops, offices, design office, and other departments, including John Harrison and Richard Hanson.

It was a true ‘one team’ effort by ourselves, main contractor Civils Contracting Limited, Biggin Hill Airport and BOMBARDIER.

The twin-cantilever maintenance hangar is the largest of its kind in the UK and impressed judges with its innovative design, value engineering, environmental credentials and elegant façade.

Well done to everyone involved. This […]

29 09, 2022

Final countdown to Structural Steel Design Awards

2022-09-29T09:57:50+01:00September 29th, 2022|Categories: News|

THE waiting is nearly over for the 54th Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA) with the winners to be announced on Thursday September 29.

We’re on the shortlist with Civils Contracting Limited and London Biggin Hill Airport for a twin-cantilever ‘super-hangar’ for aerospace giant BOMBARDIER.

We provided the design, drawing, fabrication and installation of the complete steel frame, electrically operated hangar doors and underslung cranes as well as the floor decking, cladding and glazing elements. Our entry was one of just two shortlisted projects where the design and fabrication were from the same company.

The advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar has two 160m clear span entrances for servicing aircraft, along with offices and a VIP lounge.

Its design allowed the roof of the hangar area to safely span without support from internal columns to achieve the client’s aspiration for two vast, unobstructed hangar floor spaces of 77,500 sq ft (7,200 sq m) each.

The hangar at Biggin Hill rubs shoulders with 21 other blue chip projects on the shortlist, including The Tower of Light in ManchesterBritannia Leisure Centre in […]

21 09, 2022

Energy price cap – John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd comment

2022-09-21T13:25:20+01:00September 21st, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Simon Boyd, managing director of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd, said: “The price cap is to be broadly welcomed as it is significantly less than the rate we have been quoted by industry suppliers although it is still an increase of 100% on our current cost.

“On the face of it, it is more bearable although it is incredibly important that the supply chain passes all of the savings on. If so, I am confident that the price cap will prevent an immediate increase over the next six months after which time it is inevitable that more support will be needed unless conditions in the energy market change.”

Simon added: “Certainty is absolutely vital in business and we will be lobbying at the highest level to ensure companies in the most energy intensive sectors which are so important to the national economy and UK plc, such as steel and manufacturing, receive the support necessary beyond the six-months limit of the cap in order to survive, invest and grow.”

  • The price cap in wholesale prices is £211 per MWh of electricity, and £75 per MWh for gas for six […]
8 09, 2022

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd pays tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

2022-09-08T22:54:11+01:00September 8th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: |

The thoughts and condolences of all at John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd are with the Royal family following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

We are deeply saddened by her loss and share in the grief of so many across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations.

Mourning for her passing is combined with profound gratitude for her exemplary contribution to our country and public life; this has included unceasing support for the business community through countless workplace visits, patronages and awards.

Our company is proud to have won four prestigious Queen’s Awards for International Trade, and Her Majesty’s role on the world stage cannot be underestimated in its importance to our country’s businesses and economy.

Queen Elizabeth acted as a symbol of continuity and stability for so many years in a historic reign characterised by dedication, determination, leadership and good humour. She has set an impeccable example for her successor to follow.  God save the King.


8 09, 2022

Energy support package – reaction comment

2022-09-08T18:09:40+01:00September 8th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Simon Boyd, Managing Director of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd, comments upon energy support measures announced today: 

“Our new Prime Minister’s intervention to freeze energy costs is clearly welcome although it would have been preferable to see the timescale expanded beyond six months for businesses.

“Capping energy costs at the same price per unit that households pay will help and it will be useful to see more details about this in order to gain greater clarity for budgeting over the coming months.

“It is encouraging to see further support promised for vulnerable sectors beyond the initial six months’ package based on a review this autumn, during which time I will forcefully be pressing the case for manufacturing and the steel industry.

“Overall, the new Prime Minister has recognised the necessity of tackling the underlying causes of the energy cost crisis which is critical for the long security of our energy supply and economic resilience to ensure our country is self-sufficient and not at the mercy of international markets or events.”



7 09, 2022

Congratulations to new Prime Minister… and call for action

2022-09-07T11:41:25+01:00September 7th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Simon Brexit, REIDsteel, business, Dorset, steel, construction, structural steel, cladding, glazing, design, manufacturing, engineering, structural engineering, fabrication,Boyd, Managing Director of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd, said: “Warmest congratulations to Liz Truss on becoming this country’s new Prime Minister.

“She has my full support and I feel certain that she is going make some radical changes which will benefit British businesses and their people.

“Clearly there is absolutely no time to waste in addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing businesses, not least the soaring cost of energy where the government will need to intervene without delay.

“Decisive support is urgently needed from our Prime Minister and her new government for businesses, especially small and medium sized firms which are the backbone of country’s economy and are among those most seriously affected by unsustainable rises in energy costs.

“I have been lobbying at the highest level for SMEs and UK manufacturing, particularly for the steel industry, and in my role as a member of the CBI’s manufacturing council and through the Dorset Chamber.

“The Dorset Chamber has been lobbying hard nationally and […]

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