Monthly Archives: October 2018


SSDA 2018: Project Of The Year, Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre

Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. Which comprises of 165,000m2 of production space, offices, social support areas and a community educational centre making it an exemplar of modern sustainable manufacturing.

As the SSDA awards celebrate their 50th year of recognising the best of what the UK steel construction industry can achieve, we celebrate that 77% of the projects feature STRUMIS customers. In this post we will be celebrating Severfield’s involvement in the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre project.

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Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre

Architect: Arup

Structural Engineer: Arup

Steelwork Contractor: Severfield

Main Contractor: Interserve Construction Ltd

Client: Jaguar Land Rover

Innovation, collaboration and the well being of people at the facility are said to have shaped the success of this building.

The simple layout of Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre is said to have been derived from optimum operational adjacencies. It was designed for flexibility, providing both an efficient process flow and giving staff easy access to support facilities.

Naturally-lit machine and assembly halls are flanked by supporting office and ancillary buildings. This approach optimised production performance and blurred the boundaries between production and offices through visual transparency.

The steel design comprises braced steel frames, with grids set by the bay sizes of the production areas below. Concept studies explored grid size with the client and compared the option of a portal solution, however the braced frames were considered the cheapest option.

“The steel frame design provided both a flexible structural system and an ordering device from which the façade elements were structured. The steel structure also enabled the light infused machine and assembly halls to be realised,” says Arup Senior Architect Sean Macintosh.

“The system was critical to the fast track delivery of the project and to realising the sustainability goals for the project. The steel frame forms an armature for the saw tooth roof that supports the extensive PV arrays, provides the framing for the roof light, providing natural ventilation to the office, and forms a bridge, joining sections of the master plan above an ecological corridor that runs across the site. These innovations were made possible by utilising the most appropriate and efficient structural solution in steel.”

To read the full article visit the NSC website



SSDA 2018

The Structural Steel Design Awards have reached a notable milestone this year, having showcased for 50 years the best of what UK steel construction can achieve, a remarkable longevity for an awards. The awards have consistently shown that the best of UK constructional steelwork is world-class, and is as relevant now as it was in 1969.

While the Structural Steel Design Awards are celebrating their 50 years, here at STRUMIS we would like to celebrate and congratulate the users of our software as 17 out of 22 of the projects featured in the awards had STRUMIS customers involved in them.

The breakdown is below and following on from this we will soon be posting the individual projects to congratulate them all separately.


Awards 6 out of 6, including Project Of The Year

Commendations 6 out of 8

Merits 5 out of 8

Total 17 out of 22


To read more about the awards please click here.

To see the time and cost saving benefits that STRUMIS could provide you please click here.


Waikato skills shine at steel industry awards

The Mezz Box project overlooking Victoria on the River Park in Hamilton, has won a national Excellence in Steel Award.

Hamilton-based structural steel contractor Waikato Steel Fabricators and engineering consultants BCD Group took first place in their category for The Riverbank Mezz Box at the recent Steel Construction New Zealand’s (SCNZ’s) Excellence in Steel Awards.

Clinging to the Riverbank Lane building The Mezz Box, a creative studio, is cantilevered towards the Waikato River beside Victoria on the River Park.

The judges said it is a fantastic rejuvenation of an existing building. The project was entered in the under $500,000 category.

“An iconic and exciting structure, the outcome is deceptively simple and contributed to the revitalisation of this part of Hamilton,” the judges’ said.

The annual awards celebrate the best and the brightest in the steel industry and acknowledge commitment to innovation, quality and collaboration.

SCNZ chairman Wayne Carson said: “The awards showcase the best of our industry … yet, in the midst of the current construction boom, there have been multiple reports of construction projects faltering, too often as a result of poor quality and poor procurement decisions, which has seen product imported from offshore sources.”

Mr Carson said SCNZ’s focus on compliance is a credit to the local structural steel industry.

In another win for Waikato Steel Fabricators, employee Sean Carroll was named Apprentice of the Year.

Company director Gary Lightfoot said: “Sean’s success is a reward to our company for our commitment to apprentices — it’s something we’ve been doing for the past 18 years. We are thankful to SCNZ for creating this environment to acknowledge these young people.

“It’s something we can be proud of as a business and as an industry.”


The original article can be viewed here.

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STRUMIS Expansion in Australasia

STRUMIS Ltd are delighted to welcome 2 new members to the team. We have a new representative on board in Malaysia, Mr Mark Colk, and a new representative in New Zealand, Mr John Vermeulen.

They both have a long history with the structural steel industry in their specific regions and we look forward to working with them in this new endeavour. We are happy to have them on board and look forward to the mutual benefits working with STRUMIS provides.

STRUMIS have 20,000 users in over 60 countries worldwide and our commitment to our customers and the steel industry continues to grow. Ensuring that our customers maximise on the cost and time saving benefits STRUMIS offers.

For more information on all the time and cost saving benefits of STRUMIS please visit