Tata Steel

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Project Features

  • Three-storey project office for 60+ engineers
  • Open plan offices
  • Conference facilities
  • Induction and meeting rooms
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Complete with doors, windows, partitions, flooring, plumbing and electrics
  • Data communications
  • Fire and security systems
  1. The requirements

    Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest producers of steel, with operations in 26 countries. Scunthorpe is home to its Long Products UK Hub. Steel manufactured in Scunthorpe has been used in a wide range of applications from the construction of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the new Wembley Stadium, to simple everyday objects such as paperclips and light bulbs.

    Tata Steel required for a new project office for a major redevelopment on the integrated steelmaking site in Scunthorpe.

  1. The Solution

    This project was the fifth refurbished Portakabin building for Tata Steel in Scunthorpe. Constructed from highly sustainable steel-framed modules, the building accommodates around 60 project engineers who were previously working from a number of locations across the 27-square mile Scunthorpe site.

    The three-storey building, nicknamed ‘The Palace’ by Tata Steel staff, provides open plan offices, conference facilities, induction and meeting rooms as well as shower and toilet facilities all within Tata Steel’s cost restraints.

    Portakabin supplied the building around 70% complete, with doors, windows, partitions, flooring, plumbing and electrics all pre-installed to reduce disruption to Tata Steel’s day-to-day operations. Data communications, fire and security systems were also installed by Portakabin.

    The use of recycled Portakabin buildings is one of the most environmentally sound methods of construction. It generates less than 10% of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3% of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup). Other benefits include programme times reduced by up to 70%, reduced cost, and the ability to expand, reconfigure or remove if an organisation’s requirements change.

We looked at new manufacture and traditional brick build, but a refurbished Portakabin building gave us the benefit of significant cost and programme savings. We were also impressed by the structure’s 60-year design life.

David Norris, Project Manager, Tata Steel

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