Engineering

Home/Tag: Engineering
29 09, 2020

Bombardier hangar takes shape as roof goes up

2020-09-29T13:52:45+01:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The core structural steelwork for Bombardier Aviation’s new 250,000 sq. ft hangar at London Biggin Hill Airport is complete, with construction of the cantilever roof beginning in earnest.

Dorset-based structural steel firm John Reid &Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) and design and build specialist Civils Contracting Ltd (Civils) are building the Bombardier service centre together, with products sourced from British Steel.

On completion, it will be the largest cantilever roofed hangar to be built in the UK for more than 50 years.

The complex cantilever design allows the roofs to safely span the hangar without support from any internal columns, creating a vast floor space capable of housing up to 14 Global 7500s jets at any one time.

John Harrison, senior technical manager at REIDsteel, said: “REIDsteel has strong history at London Biggin Hill, with more than half of the hangars currently standing built by the company.

“This is the most technically challenging yet. With a 165m long central core supporting two 45m cantilever roofs, it is the UK’s second largest after a 46.5m cantilever hangar built at RAF Brize Norton in […]

25 08, 2020

REIDsteel firing on all cylinders

2020-08-25T11:30:29+01:00August 25th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Structural steel company John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) is back to pre-Covid productivity levels at its manufacturing facility in Dorset.

We have welcomed staff back into its workshops with social distancing, and have resumed operations on construction sites.

Now we are set to phase the return of office staff at our Christchurch headquarters, the majority of whom have been working remotely from home.

Managing director Simon Boyd said: “We have reached and are now exceeding pre-lockdown productivity levels in our manufacturing facility.

“Praise must go to all of our people who returned to work raring to go and embraced our new Covid-19 working practices.

“Our construction operations have also successfully resumed and we intend to introduce a phased return for our office staff.

“The commitment of our people has helped to place the company in a very strong position so it is able to play a full part in supporting the country’s economic recovery.”

We were one of the first to shut down our manufacturing and construction site operations following the Government’s Covid lockdown in March – and led the way in re-opening five weeks […]

25 06, 2020

Hangar vision becomes reality with VR

2020-06-25T10:12:51+01:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) used cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) technology to help win a major new contract with Southeast Asia’s largest airline.

We are designing and manufacturing the 175,000 square feet (16,335 sq m) hangar for Lion Air at Batam Airport, a short ferry ride from Singapore.

Our team used VR headsets to impress senior airline executives with a virtual 3D tour of the proposed development as part of their presentation to win the multi-million pound project.

Now we are setting our sights on delivering the first steelwork later this year and will supervise construction of the hangar – for maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft.

Bid Manager, Benjamin Riviere said: “This is our first development for Lion Air and our first at Batam Airport.

“The VR presentation was key because we were able to transform their brief into a virtual world with the hangar taking shape before their eyes on VR headsets.

“We were able to give them an exciting opportunity to see how the hangar would realistically look and work at a very early stage.

“Our ability to create these cutting-edge VR presentations for an immersive […]

1 06, 2020

Jet set hangar takes shape in Portugal

2020-06-01T14:22:31+01:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Portugal, steel, structural steel, hangar, hangars, design, manufacture, fabrication, manufacturing, engineering, structural engineering, construction, supply, steel construction, doors, cladding, glazing, business, business news, REIDsteel, John Redi & Sons Ltd,

The stunning Mesa Hangar at Beja Airport in Portugal is taking shape, thanks to John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel).

This impressive complex extends over 9,500 sq m, including the hangar, workshops and a technical centre for larger aircraft.

It will be used by Hi Fly for maintenance of its Airbus fleet. Mesa will also provide maintenance service contracts for other airlines operating Airbus models, including the mighty A380.

We provided design and drawing services as well as the manufacture and supply of steel for the development in Portugal – including specialist doors and cladding.

It is always incredibly rewarding to see projects such as the Mesa Hangar in Portugal nearing completion, and we’re proud to have played our part in such an impressive development.

Although we are renowned for our hangars, we also provide design, drawing, fabrication and construction for a whole range of different buildings – including bridges, warehouses, automotive centres, stadia and […]

15 05, 2020

REIDsteel builds for future with new directors

2020-05-15T10:53:55+01:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Global structural steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has strengthened its top team with two new directors.

The Christchurch-based business has promoted Donna Campo to operations director and appointed Simon Morgan as financial director (pictured before social distancing was introduced).

Both will sit on REIDsteel’s board as the company looks to the future despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Managing director Simon Boyd said: “Donna and Simon are high calibre individuals who will help take REIDsteel to the next level.

“Donna has excelled in every role she has taken since starting at REIDsteel, while Simon joins the team with a highly impressive background in strategic finance.

“Congratulations to both on their new positions. They will play a major role in the successful growth of the company over the coming years as we look to the future despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Donna joined REIDsteel as Simon Boyd’s PA in 2012, rising to contracts office manager and then operations manager.

She said: “REIDsteel is a forward looking company which encourages professional development and rewards success.

“I’ve enjoyed developing my career with the company and very much look forward to continuing in my new […]

5 05, 2020

Development boost for Christchurch site

2020-05-05T12:02:59+01:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Christchurch

A disused site on Stony Lane in Christchurch is set to have fresh life breathed into it with a new commercial property development with support from John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel).

Penton Motor Group is building four units on the former Boyland Joinery site to create a trading hub for businesses. The hub is to be known as Penton Business Park.

Over the past eight years Penton Motor Group has built four new showrooms for its franchised motor business and renovated a further three separate investment buildings.

This is a new direction for the long established Wilson family business, which has locations in Christchurch, Poole, Andover and Salisbury, to develop a ground-up commercial investment property other than for its own use.

Fellow Christchurch firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has designed and manufactured the steel frames, decking, cladding, glazing and doors for the project.

An estimated, circa 30 new jobs could be created in a boost for the local economy providing a total of 1,885 sq metres / 20,300 sq ft for trade counter, light industrial, storage and […]

28 04, 2020

REIDsteel resumes manufacturing in limited return to work

2020-04-28T09:24:36+01:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Structural steel company John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has welcomed workers back to its manufacturing facility in Christchurch.

The company was one of the first to shut down its manufacturing and construction site operations following the Government’s implementation of the coronavirus lockdown in March.

After an extensive review of its steel handling and manufacturing procedures, it has resumed production with strict operating protocols and safety measures in place.

With the re-start of factory operations after a five-week suspension, the company is in the vanguard of businesses nationwide throwing open their gates to support employees and the UK economy.

Managing director Simon Boyd said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our people, suppliers and contractors remains our first priority.

“We took the immediate decision to send all employees home on March 24 when the lockdown was first announced to stop any potential spread of the virus and allow us to assess ways to resume operations.

“Since then we have been working on plans to re-open the factory/works and our construction sites to allow those who cannot work from home back to work while still respecting the hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

“Following careful consideration […]

24 03, 2020

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) statement about coronavirus

2020-03-24T12:30:51+00:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Structural steel company John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has today announced that it is temporarily suspending all operations with immediate effect.

The company is closing its manufacturing facility in Christchurch, Dorset, and all of its construction sites until further notice.

The decision comes in response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic. The company has also called for the Government to go even further in its national lockdown.

Managing director Simon Boyd said: “The welfare of our team, customers and suppliers is always our utmost priority.

“I cannot in all conscience sit working from home while sending people out to our manufacturing facility and to our construction sites. They should be at home with their families.

“This has not been an easy decision to make but these are unprecedented times. As a company we will do everything we can in our power to support our workforce, customers and suppliers through this difficult period.

“Over the last 100 years, the company has faced many difficult periods, including the Second World War, several recessions and the 2008 financial crisis and has always emerged stronger.

“Together we will get through this.”

Simon added: “I appreciate that the Government has many difficult choices to make.  However it does […]