BCSA publishes NSSS 6th edition
The British Constructional Steelwork
Association (BCSA) has published the 6th
Edition of the National Structural
Steelwork Specification (NSSS) for
Building Construction (BCSA Publication
The 6th edition can be used for all types
of building construction designed for static
loading and is based on Execution Class 2
structural steelwork designed in
accordance with BS 5950-1 or BS EN 1993-
1-1 (including BS EN 1993-1-8 and BS EN
1993-1-10) and executed in accordance
with BS EN 1090-1 and BS EN 1090-2.
BCSA Director of Engineering Dr David
Kloeckner Metals UK/Westok
has released version 10.3 of its
cellbeam software package.
New features include Eurocode
design to EN 1993 and 1994
and enhanced deflection
analysis using the stiffness
matrix method. The company
recommends all users of
cellbeam to upgrade to V10.3.
Italian steel processing
equipment manufacturer FICEP
has launched the Tipo G31 CNC
machining centre. It is said to be
ideal for drilling, milling, marking,
scribing, tapping, chamfering
and cutting of heavy steel plates
up to 100mm thick × 3,100mm
Lindapter’s Type HD clips have
been chosen to secure low
speed rails at Hitachi’s Train
Manufacturing and Assembly
Plant in Newton Aycliffe, where
the new InterCity Express (IEP)
trains and AT200 commuter trains
are being made.
ParkerSteel has taken delivery of
two heavy-duty Vernet Behringer
plate processing machines and
two high performance Esprit
plasma profiling systems. Dylan
Alexander, Managing Director
of ParkerSteel said: “We are very
happy with our investment
and are particularly impressed
with the build quality and
performance of the machines.”
voestalphine Metsec has
launched the wide flange purlin,
claiming it had identified a need
in the claddings market for a
flange with a wider surface for
fixing to. The company said the
introduction of this product
means that a roofing contractor
now has an on-hand, bespoke,
engineered solution which
reduces the amount of materials
and labour needed, as well as
providing a cost saving.
Software provider Strumis said
it has continued a strong start
to 2017 with the latest release of
BIMReview V8.3, which focuses
on the stand-alone application
Steel delivers Oxford chemistry laboratories
Bridge opens up King’s Cross development
A new pedestrian and cycle bridge that
spans the Regent’s Canal in the heart of
London’s King’s Cross development has
been officially opened.
Designed by Moxon Architects, the
38m-span bridge forms a vital link
between Camley Street and an area of
retail, residential and office schemes.
Working on behalf of main contractor
Carillion, S H Structures fabricated the
bridge structure from 15mm steel plate at
its works in North Yorkshire.
Once fabricated, the bridge was trial
assembled before being sent to site in four
Assembled on-site, the completed
55t bridge was lifted into place using a
750t-capacity mobile crane.
The bridge was installed on 4 May and
officially opened to the public on 5 July.
Moore said: “The NSSS clarifies and
aids the process of translating
designers’ requirements into specific
work instructions for execution.
Specifiers are encouraged to use this
latest NSSS as the default specification
for all steel building structures.”
Copies of the National Structural
Steelwork Specification for Building
Construction 6th Edition (BCSA
Publication No. 57/17) can be obtained
from BCSA’s web site (www.steelconstruction.
org/shop) at a cost of £20 for Non-members
and £15 for BCSA members. This book is only
available in PDF format.
Structural steelwork has been completed
on main contractor ISG’s contract to create
new chemistry teaching labs for Oxford
Steelwork contractor Four Bay
Structures erected 150t of steel for
Although the braced steel frame is
structurally independent, it is linked into
the existing building on two levels.
Work on the project is scheduled to be
completed in Spring 2018.
Photo: John Sturrock