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Five steel framed schools for Leeds

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The recent completion of steel erection at the John Smeaton School in Leeds represents one of the final phases of a £100M PFI project for Leeds City Council.

Elland Steel, working on behalf of main contractor Carillion, has supplied and erected 3,450t of structural steel for the project which involves the construction of five new secondary schools and one primary school on five separate sites.

Bob Thorpe, Elland Steel’s Managing Director, said his company has a Preferred Specialist Trading Agreement with Carillion working within the supply chain management.

“Our early involvement gives the opportunity to utilise our expertise and maximise the effectiveness of our performance,” added Mr Thorpe.

The three-storey John Smeaton School consists of six inter-connected blocks, required a total of approximately 725t of steel, and was erected during a 12 week programme which also included metal decking and precast stairs.

“Generally the schools were not complex structures, but each had interesting features, such as assembly halls and music rooms which required some intricate and curved steelwork,” added Mr Thorpe.

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