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Bronze age returns to Cheshire

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Steelwork contractor Hills of Shoeburyness has completed a complex steel and bronze project for a private customer in Cheshire.


Erected in the grounds of the customer’s home, the project included a number of steel framed buildings all clad with bronze. These consisted of a pavilion, a gate house, a canopy and three water jetted solid bronze gates.

“We commenced this complex contract towards the end of last year, when our in-house drawing department, along with the client’s own design team, started work on the detailing. This was the first time we’d fully utilised our new 3D drawing programme Solidworks,” said Mark Elliott of Hills.

The company said without the use of 3D modelling this contract would have been difficult, as the 3D package allowed the exact dimensions for the faceted panels to be ascertained, particularly on the bronze gates.

“The project shows we are one of the few steelwork contractors that can also work with bronze,” summed up Vaughan Chopping, Hills Managing Director. “Completing this complex project in April was also apt as we also celebrated our 50th anniversary.”

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