Design Ability

Recognising that design is a vitally important part of the process in developing concept ideas into a high quality finished product we have invested a great deal of time, money and effort in developing our design department.

We are one of only a handful of metalwork contractors in the UK who are able to offer BIM as a standard service to our Clients.

  • Structural design capabilities backed by £10M Professional Indemnity and £2M Products Liability Insurance – Our team of experienced Engineers, specialising in steelwork and associated elements are on hand to assist our Draughtsmen in specifying commercially and structurally efficient section sizes and the detailing of connections. All our designs are fully checked prior to release to ensure what we produce is fully fit for purpose. We offer full calculation packs with our drawing submissions to make the Design Teams job easier in commenting and approving prior to manufacture. We also have at our disposal renowned Design Engineers which specialise in structural glass which provide us with the technical back-up required for projects where bespoke glazing is specified.
  • We make use of both AutoCAD and Tekla computer aided draughting technology in our design work, operated by expert designers highly experienced in the metalwork industry. As well as producing high quality 2D drawings we can offer our Clients 3D models which can be viewed in real-time through our web portal and easily interrogated by the Design Team.
  • We are one of only a handful of metalwork contractors in the UK who are able to offer BIM (Building Information Modelling) as a standard service to our Clients. We have taken the step to upgrade software to suit the demands of our Blue Chip Clients and following the successful completion of a number of ‘BIM projects’ we are great advocates for its use in streamlining the design process and improving the overall efficiency of the schemes.
  • We are pleased to offer our Clients the benefit our of investment in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software which is a computer based method of simulating/analysing the behaviour of engineering structures and components under a variety of load conditions. It is an advanced engineering tool that is used in design and to augment/replace experimental testing. The use of this technology allows us to carry out a detailed examination and interrogation of a design to identify particular areas of high stress or redundancy in materials meaning we can further develop to make much more cost efficient use of materials. Typically used for highly-loaded structural glass projects and more recently on a number of projects where we have been commissioned to manufacture wind turbine components where cost savings realised have accounted for up to 26% of the original project value before FEA analysis.