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CONTENTS MAY 2005VOL13NO5 NEW STEEL CONSTRUCTION www.new-steel-construction.com Cover Image TRUE NORTH, SHEFFIELD Ultimate client: Gazeley Properties Main contractor: UK GSE Ltd Structural Engineer: Burks Green Steelwork Contractor: Atlas Ward Structures Ltd 5 Editor’s comment EDITOR Nick Barrett Tel: 01323 422483 6 News: Acquisition creates new force in constructional steelwork nick@new-steel-construction.com DEPUTY EDITOR 10 Letters and Diary David Fowler Tel: 01892 538191 david@new-steel-construction.com 11 Analysis: A London seminar hears that steel is the best discovery CONTRIBUTING EDITOR that residential developers could make Ty Byrd Tel: 01892 524455 ty@barrett-byrd.com PRODUCTION EDITOR andrew@new-steel-construction.com PROFILE Tel: 01892 524481 Andrew Pilcher ISDN: 01892 557302 ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER 12 Jack Robertson describes what it takes to succeed as a small Sally Devine Tel: 01474 833871 steelwork contractor sally@new-steel-construction.com PUBLISHED BY FEATURES The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd 4 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London SW1A 2ES Telephone 020 7839 8566 Fax 020 7976 1634 16 Steel replaced concrete as the framing material on a combined Website www.steelconstruction.org office and residential development in Manchester on which Email postroom@steelconstruction.org designers had to contend with differing floor levels at the front and The Steel Construction Institute back of the building Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7QN Telephone 01344 623 345 Fax 01344 622 944 18 Angle Ring is one of the biggest curved steel specialists in Europe Website www.steel-sci.org and has been consistently responsible for its fair share of market Email reception@steel-sci.org innovations. Corus Construction and Industrial PO Box 1, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN16 1BP 20 Demand for sheds is growing and sheds are getting bigger as well. Telephone 01724 404040 Fax 01724 404224 David Fowler finds that healthy demand in this key market sector Website www.corusconstruction.com looks likely to continue. Email tsm@corusgroup.com CONTRACT PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING SALES 24 David Brown and Martin Heywood of the Steel Construction Institute Barrett, Byrd Associates highlight some of the design issues associated with portal frames, Linden House, Linden Close, which account for 40% of structural steelwork used in the UK Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8HH Tel: 01892 524455 27 New and revised codes and standards www.barrett-byrd.com 28 BCSA Legal Director Marion Rich reviews the long awaited EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD consultation document on reform of the Construction Act. She finds Dr D Tordoff (Chairman); Mr N Barrett; Mr D Fowler; that it disappoints in some crucial areas. Mrs Sally Devine; Mr D G Brown, SCI; Mr J P Cartz, BDP; Mr M Crosby, FaberMaunsell; Mr R Gordon, Mace Ltd; Mr W Gover, Consultant; Mr R Harrison, Glentworth Fabrications 30 Courses Ltd; Mr A Hughes, Tubelines; Mr A Palmer, Buro Happold; Mr R Steeper, Corus; Mr O Tyler, Wilkinson Eyre, 32 40 Years Ago. Our glance back through the pages of Building With The role of the Editorial Advisory Board is to advise on the overall style Steel shows that steel was valued by leisure industry clients for its and content of the magazine. low maintenance characteristics. New Steel Construction welcomes contributions on any suitable topics relating to 34 Advisory Desk steel construction. Publication is at the discretion of the Editor. Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the BCSA, SCI, Corus or the Contract 36 BCSA members Publisher. Although care has been taken to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate with relation to either matters of fact or accepted practice at the 38 SCI members time of publication, the BCSA, SCI, Corus and the Editor assume no responsibility for any errors or misinterpretations of such information or any loss or damage arising from or related to its use. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the permission of the publishers. CHANGES TO THE MAILING LIST If you wish to notify us of a change: Non Members of either the SCI or the BCSA please telephone Barrett, Byrd Associates on 01892 538191 Members BCSA Telephone BCSA on 020 7839 8566 Members SCI Telephone SCI on 01344 623 345 SUBSCRIPTIONS To take out a subscription please telephone 01344 623 645 The British The Steel Annual subscription £92.00 UK, £117.00 elsewhere. Constructional Construction Steelwork Institute All rights reserved ©2005. ISSN 0968-0098 Association Ltd NSC May 2005 3


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