PRESIDENT’S COLUMN SCCS now certifying
Boxpark gets Wembley pitch approval
Plans for London’s largest Boxpark in Wembley have
been approved by the London Borough of Brent.
Similar to its steel-framed predecessor in
Croydon, Boxpark Wembley will feature a selection of
independent and established food traders from across
London and around the world, as well as a major
2,000 capacity arena space for large scale events, and a
BoxBar, stocked with a top selection of craft beers, fine
wines and spirits, for more intimate events.
Boxpark’s Creator and CEO Roger Wade said:
“I’m delighted to announce the opening of the third
Boxpark site. Boxpark Wembley is located in an iconic
location, on Olympic Way in Wembley Park. We look
forward to working closely with Quintain, Brent
Council and the other venue operators on the site, to
develop a world-class food, drink and entertainment
destination, and possibly the best fan park in the
Quintain Chief Executive Angus Dodd said: “We
are working hard to ensure that Wembley Park is an
exciting place to rent and live in London and this
brand-new space is another way in which we are
“Boxpark Wembley will open up Wembley Park
to a whole new audience and we are looking forward
to welcoming them, along with those that live and
work here already, as we work closely with Boxpark to
deliver this new exciting venue for London.”
Boxpark Wembley will be created by BDP, the
team behind the award-winning design of Boxpark
Croydon. BDP’s Chairman, Gavin Elliott, is keen to get
started on the new project:
“Following on from the award-winning success
of Boxpark Croydon, it’s great to ‘get the band back
together’, to design another Boxpark with Roger and
Boxpark Wembley is scheduled to open its doors
towards the end of 2018.
I’m hearing a lot in the press about new methods of
construction, with terms like ‘offsite construction’ and
‘design for manufacture’ coming up more and more.
However, many people forget that steel framing
is the original offsite framing material and is already
delivering a huge range of advantages to clients.
Fabrication of individual steel pieces takes place
offsite under controlled, highly regulated and safe
factory conditions where the use of digital design and
leading-edge fabrication systems deliver precisionengineered
components with minimum waste.
Steel components are further pre-assembled or
fabricated into modules either offsite or at the site at a
low level. Structures are often prototyped or trial built
offsite to ensure a perfect fit when the fabricated steel
modules undergo final assembly on-site.
Already many steel structures have the M&E
incorporated offsite – some examples include
motorway gantries with the lighting and digital
signage already fitted, transfer bridges for large
manufacturing plants, and even the risers in high-rise
buildings. This means that the majority of the value
add for structural steel occurs offsite – in some cases
up to 90%.
The benefits delivered by an offsite steel programme
are those that the government is now looking to
extend through the rest of the construction sector.
A faster on-site construction programme means
government construction targets can be met more
easily, the programme will be less affected by adverse
weather, and a shorter on-site programme is more
Fewer people are required on-site which helps to
mitigate issues around skills shortages, and improves
on-site safety. The need to work at height is reduced
due to the majority of the work taking place offsite,
also providing a skills and safety benefit.
Offsite steel manufacturing occurs in a controlled
environment with factory production control and the
adoption of automation ensuring consistency and
reliable quality, and creating scalability.
Digital design for manufacture and assembly,
including full Level 2 BIM, has created new skills in
the sector. And the stable long-term nature of jobs in
a steel fabrication factory assists in the training of a
So what’s next? The structural steelwork sector is
not standing still and continues to invest in modern
automated plant and equipment. With the sector
having adopted Level 2 BIM and able to undertake
digital design for manufacturing, it is now looking at
implementing digitisation throughout the complete
But for the sector to continue to move forward,
clients and main contractors need to adopt new
procurement models to drive earlier supply chain
engagement. This will create further efficiencies for
offsite manufacture, in particular, opportunities for
further offsite integration between sub-trades.
BCSA President & Sales Director Cleveland Bridge
to ISO 3834
The Steel Construction Certification Scheme (SCCS)
can now offer certification to BS EN ISO 3834:2005 –
Quality management in the field of welding.
“This is a significant addition to the service
that SCCS offers its clients and further develops
our strategic objective of offering a one-stop shop
for certification,” said SCCS Certification Scheme
Manager Stephen Blackman.
The SCCS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
British Constructional Steelwork Association. It was
established in the early 1980s to provide quality
management certification for steelwork contracting
SCCS now offers a wide range of certification
and monitoring services for the structural
steelwork sector, including integrated or separate
UKAS accredited Quality management systems,
Environmental and Health & Safety management
systems, Factory Production Control systems and
selected National Highways Sector Schemes.
For more information about SCCS go to
Charity auction raises funds for
Manchester Arena victims
Barrett Steel has announced that its charity dinner and
auction raised over £10,000 for its chosen charities,
the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the charity
set up to help those left bereaved or seriously injured
by last year’s Manchester Arena attack, and the Mind
Hosting nearly 400 people, the event brought
together suppliers, customers, staff, friends and family
of Barrett Steel’s nationwide branches.
The guests were joined by Sky Sports’ presenters and
former England footballers Tony Cottee, Paul Merson,
and Phil Thompson.
The charity auction featured a Newcastle United
football shirt signed by footballing legend, Alan Shearer,
sold out U2 concert tickets with a full hospitality
package and a signed Anthony Joshua boxing glove.
Chief Executive of Manchester Council, Joanne
Roney OBE said: “As trustees of the Emergency Fund,
we remain hugely grateful for the outpouring of support
and solidarity we’ve had from around the world for
those affected by the tragedy at Manchester Arena.
“The money raised by this dinner will go a long way
to helping those who have been affected and we are
touched that donors are still thinking of us and still
want to help support us.”
L-R: Phil Thompson, Paul
Merson and former West
Ham striker Tony Cottee