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News in Brief: July/August 2018

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Underlying pre-tax profit at steelwork contractor Severfield rose 19% to £23.5M for the 12 months ending 31 March 2018, keeping the Group on track to deliver its strategic goal of having profits of £26M by 2020. Revenue was up 5% to £274.2M compared to £262.2M in 2017, while underlying basic earnings per share were up 15% at 6.4p per share compared to 5.5p last year.

Northstowe, a new town on the site of the former RAF Oakland barracks in Cambridgeshire has submitted plans to build an 1,800-place secondary school. The school will serve a community which is set to expand to include 10,000 properties and 25,000 residents. The initial phase of the Northstowe development will consist of 1,500 homes, a community building, shops, business premises, open space and sports facilities.

The steel-framed Porter Building in Slough town centre has achieved WELL Building Standard certification, making the 11,100m² development one of the UK’s healthiest office blocks. The project, which was completed late last year, was a partnership between developers Landid and Brockton. Working on behalf of Bowmer & Kirkland, Leach Structural Steelwork erected more than 1,400t of steel for the job.

Transport for Greater Manchester is set to start work on Ashton-under-Lyne’s new bus station, which will be closer to the town’s Metrolink stop and train station. The Metrolink line to Ashton opened in October 2013 and plans for the new bus station were part of the 2012 town centre framework. The work will include a single covered concourse to replace the five island platforms, improved waiting areas, cycle parking and better access to travel information and tickets.

Following a robust UKAS assessment, SCCS has achieved accreditation status as a Certification Body for BS EN ISO 45001: 2018 for occupational health and safety management systems.

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