Highways England has updated the National Highways
Sector Scheme 20 document (NHSS 20), which sets out
the particular requirements for quality management
systems to ISO 9001:2015 for the execution of steelwork
in transportation infrastructure assets.
“One of the key changes for steelwork contractors
seeking NHSS 20 certification is that their system for
the management of welding will now have to meet
the quality requirements contained in BS EN ISO
3834,” said Steel Construction Certification Scheme
(SCCS) Director of Certification Stephen Blackman.
“In terms of timing for the implementation of this new
requirement, steelwork contractors need to have a valid
BS EN ISO 3834 certificate in place by 1st September
Further details of this new requirement are set out
in section 8.5 of the latest NHSS 20 document (Issue 3,
31 December 2019), which is available for download via
the UKAS website (www.ukas.com).
The SCCS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British
Constructional Steelwork Association. It was established
in the early 1980s to provide quality management
certification for steelwork contracting organisations.
SCCS now offers a one-stop shop for certification and
monitoring services for the structural steelwork sector,
including BS EN ISO 3834 as well as integrated or
separate UKAS accredited Quality management systems,
Environmental and Health & Safety management
systems, Factory Production Control systems and
selected National Highways Sector Schemes.
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Steelwork contractor William Hare has been appointed
to deliver 5,300t of structural steelwork for the £350M
Paddington Square project in west London.
Mace was appointed in 2018 on a pre-construction
services agreement as part of a two-stage tender. Sellar,
on behalf of Great Western Developments, has now
converted the second stage, agreeing a £350M contract
with main construction partner Mace, with the project
on time, and on budget.
The first phase of development has seen the
completion of demolition and piling works, with
excavation now underway to prepare for the second
stage of construction, following the agreement of a final
design, programme and cost plan.
Paddington Square is the centrepiece development to
Paddington’s revitalisation, featuring at its heart a largescale
premium workspace designed by world-renowned
architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The mixed-use scheme will offer 33,400m2 of office
space across 18 floors, four tiers of retail, 1.35 acres of
comprehensive public realm improvements and West
London’s highest rooftop dining experience with views
across the city’s skyline.
Paul Flexney-Briscoe, Construction Director
at Sellar, said: “We have worked extremely closely
with Mace over the past year to frame a plan that is
immediately actionable, on time and on brief, and we
are happy to confirm today that it is to be delivered on
“This is an important moment for the development,
one that keeps us on track towards a successful build
and completion, and marks the point that our vision for
Paddington Square starts to become a tangible reality.”
Gareth Lewis, Mace’s Chief Executive for
Construction, said: “The delivery of Paddington
Square promises to create a new icon for the London
skyline and create a new mixed-use neighbourhood in
Paddington. The agreement of this contract is a major
milestone that brings us closer to the completion of the
scheme. Like the Shard before it, Mace is very proud
to be working alongside Sellar to bring their ambitious
vision for this new site to life.”
Paddington Square is set to be completed in spring
Steel stockholder Barrett Steel has confirmed it intends
to purchase a number of British Steel distribution centres
immediately upon the sale of the steelmaker to Chinabased
Barrett Steel is hopeful of securing British Steel Metal
Centre sites at: Wolverhampton, Dartford, Newcastle and
Scunthorpe alongside offices in Cheadle and Edinburgh.
The company said it is currently awaiting the sale of
British Steel to be finalised. As discussions are continuing,
Barrett Steel added that it would like to clarify that the
sale of any distribution sites will only be completed once
the deal between British Steel and Jingye is confirmed.
New requirement for ISO 3834 certification
Steelwork package awarded for major Paddington scheme
Barrett Steel intends to acquire British Steel distribution sites